Reverend Doctor Terry Lee Martin


October 15, 1947 - July 16, 2011


Reverend Doctor Terry Lee Martin was born October 15, 1947 in Burke, South Dakota, to John Reynold, Jr., and Martha Frieda (Stellwag) Martin. On November 23, 1947, Terry received the gift of Holy Baptism and became a child of God. Terry lived on 3 different farms before moving with his family to Chamberlain in 1956. He attended Pukwana Grade School and Chamberlain Elementary School before attending Chamberlain High School. After graduating from high school, Terry attended Concordia College in St. Paul, Minnesota for two years. He then attended Concordia Senior College in Fort Wayne, Indiana. After graduation, Terry attended Concordia Seminary in St. Louis, Missouri. He graduated in May 1973 with a Masters of Divinity degree and ordained on June 24, 1973. On August 5, 1973, Terry was united in marriage to Nannette Elizabeth Swanson.

Terry and Nannette then moved to Culbertson, NE, where they lived for almost four years, for Terry’s 1st Call. While in Culbertson, Terry and Nannette were blessed with a son, Christian, and a daughter, Michal. Terry moved his family to Eureka, MT, for over a year, then to Stirum, ND, where they lived for over ten years. While in Stirum, Terry and Nannette were blessed with a son, Philip, a daughter, Rachel, and another son, Joshua. Terry then moved his family to Pettibone, ND, where they lived for almost eleven years. While in Pettibone, Terry was diagnosed with Acute Myelogenos Leukemia. He received treatment and a bone marrow transplant at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, NE. In 1999, Terry took a call to White, SD where they lived for almost seven years before moving to Mitchell, SD due to health problems.

Terry passed away on July 16, 2011, at his home in Mitchell, SD, at the age of 63 years, 9 months, and 1 day. Gratefully sharing his life are his wife Nannette of Mitchell; mother Martha Martin of White Lake; son Christian and wife Natalie Martin and grandchildren Adrienne, Andrew, Adeline, and Avery of Sanford, NC; daughter Michal Martin of Brookings, SD; son Philip and wife Nickole Martin and grandchildren Katlin, Megan, Brian, Emma, and Olivea of Julian, NE; daughter Rachel and husband Derek Bult and grandchildren Dannielle and Nora of Seward, NE; son Joshua Martin of South Korea and sister Carol Powers of Chamberlain.

Preceding him in death were his father and brother Rick Martin.

A Memorial Fund has been established.


Wednesday, July 20, 2011
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Zion Lutheran Church
Prayer Service ~ 7:00 PM
620 East 3rd Avenue
Mitchell, South Dakota


Thursday, July 21, 2011
2:00 PM
Zion Lutheran Church
620 East 3rd Ave
Mitchell, South Dakota


Graceland Cemetery
Mitchell, South Dakota

Posted by Ray and Pam Wetzel on August 8, 2011
Our deepest sympathy goes out to you and your family at this difficult time. Pastor was a good man and a very outstanding pastor. We were so blessed to have him in Pettibone while our children were growing up and also in confirmation. Their faith is so much stronger for it. We will keep you in our prayers. God bless each and every one of you! May He bring you peace and comfort!
Posted by George and Laurie Bredehoft on July 21, 2011
Nannette and family are in our thoughts and prayers. Terry's life and dedication to the service of Jesus will always be remembered.
Posted by Barb Smith on July 21, 2011
I'm sorry to hear of the death of Pastor. He was one of the officiating pastors at my husband Jess and my wedding at Stirum in 1978. Our anniversary is coming up on July 28th. If I recall you had only been there about a week before the wedding. That was 33 years ago. I also remember that you were in Pettibone while we were living in Tuttle. I was an elementary counselor at Pettibone for some of that time. I did not know him well, but I know that my parents, Martha & Kenny Coleman thought highly of him. We will keep you and your family in our prayers.

in our prayers.
Posted by ron, sylvia, sheri and dawn martin on July 21, 2011
so sorry to hear of your loss. have many memories when he was pastor in pettibone. our thoughts and prayers are with the family.
Posted by Michael & Marin Swofford on July 20, 2011
Our deepest sympathy to all of you. But what a wonderful blessing we have in knowing we have the gift of eteranl life in Christ!
I LOVE the picture -did Michal creat that? It looks like her signature.
May the peace of Christ be with all of you.

I know that my redeemer lives,
and that in the end he will stand on the earth.
And after my skin has been destroyed,
yet in my flesh I will see God;
I myself will see him
with my own eyes—I, and not another.
How my heart yearns within me!

Posted by Brenda Wahl on July 20, 2011
Nan & Family,
Deepest and heartfelt sympathy at this time, may Gods loving arms strengthen and support each and every one of you. It has been several years since I saw you last but have fond memories of our times together both at the Stirum church and with our kids playing together. All our prayers are with you. God bless.
Brenda Wahl(Johnson-Zimbelman) Onica & family, ReNae & family
Posted by Richard & Dorothy Symonsbergen on July 20, 2011
The conforting grace of God in Christ Jesus is with you
Posted by Jeff and Trena Boyd on July 20, 2011
Our hearts and prayers are with you and your family.

With love and very special thoughts.

Jeff & Trena

Posted by Darrell and Bernette Guthmiller on July 19, 2011
So sorry to hear of your loss, it not easy to lose someone you love you are in our thoughts and prayers. We enjoyed having him as a minister in pettibone.
Posted by Nancy Morlock on July 19, 2011
Very sorry to hear of your loss, my thoughts are with the entire family.
Posted by Lisa Hoffman on July 19, 2011
Rachel and family, please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers....let us know if there is anything we can do. Love ya!
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