Nannette L. Martin, 56 long time officer with the Devils Lake Police Department passed away early Thursday morning, April 26, 2012 in the Emergency Room at Mercy Hospital, Devils Lake, ND.
Mass of Christian Burial for Nannette will be held on Tuesday, May 1, 2012 at 10:00 a.m. at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Devils Lake with Fr. C. F. Wilhelm, Monsignor Jeffrey Wald, Fr. Joseph Christensen and Fr. Jason Asselin concelebrating the Mass. Visitation will be at the church on Monday afternoon from 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. with a Rosary and Scripture Service at 7:00 p.m. Visitation on Tuesday will be at the church one hour prior to the funeral Mass.
The North Dakota Police Officer Honor Guard will participate in the services.
Nannette Louise Martin, the daughter of L. Patrick and Marylu (Breyer) Martin was born on June 29, 1955 in Devils Lake. Nannette attended St. Joseph Elementary School and graduated from Devils Lake Central in 1973. She graduated with a degree in Criminal Justice from Minot State College in 1978. She was a member of the Delta Delta Delta Sorority.
Nannette enthusiastically accepted a position as a patrol officer with the Devils Lake Police Department in 1980. She dedicated her professional life as a servant to the people of Devils Lake. She enjoyed being an instructor in the Police Officer Training Program at Lake Region Junior College. She retired as Captain of the Devils Lake Police Department in 2008.
Her adjustment to retirement was short lived. Her brother Rick had just been diagnosed with cancer. She moved to Mora, Minnesota to care for him and help him with the care of his two children Patrick and Niki. Upon his death Nannette brought his children home to Devils Lake and quietly began the adventure of nurturing and raising another family.
Nannette’s passions in life were her hobby farm and her circle of friends. She raised quarter horses, loved gardening and making hay. She delighted in being the “favorite” aunt to her nieces and nephews; taking them fishing at the “honey hole”, horseback riding, hunting and into her garden.
Nannette lived her life as a peacemaker and servant. She did not strive to make her presence noticed, yet her presence brought with it order and hope. Captain Martin’s persona brought respect, commanded authority and was undergirded with an immense depth of compassion. Her absence will be greatly felt.
She is survived by her son Ian Martin, Wichita, Kansas. Wards: Patrick and Niki Martin. Brothers: Alan (Cindy) Martin, and Brian Martin, Williston, ND; Mark (Darla) Martin, Goodyear, AZ; Barry (Garnet) Martin, Devils Lake ,ND; Sisters: Mary Martin, Jackson, WY; Lisa (Jay) Lizakowski, Thief River Falls, MN; and Geralyn (Troy) Lang, Fargo, ND. Nephews: Brett(Jolie) Johnston of Devils Lake, ND; Casey Martin, Andrew Martin, Williston, ND; Corey Martin, Goodyear, AZ; Patrick Martin, Bottineau, ND; Landon Lang, Bismarck ND; Jacob Lang, Luke Lang, John Lang, Fargo ND; Jayce Lizakowski, Thief River Falls, MN. Nieces: MacKenzie Jo Martin, Grand Forks, ND; Celesey Lizakowski, Cassidy Lizakowski, Thief River Falls, MN; Jenna Lang, Fargo, ND and Niki Martin, Devils Lake, ND.
She was preceded in death by her parents and brother, Patrick (Rick) Martin.
Serving as Casket Bearers for Nannette will be Jay Lizakowski, Troy Lang, Casey Martin, Brett Johnston, Andrew Martin, Patrick Martin, Landon Lang and Jacob Lang. Reading the Scriptures will be Geralyn Lang and Mary Martin and Gift Bearers will be Jayce Lizakowski, MacKenzie Martin, Luke Lang, John Lang and Jenna Lang.