Milton Martinson, age 82, passed away peacefully on Monday, January 15, 2018, at Aurora BayCare Medical Center. He was born on December 9, 1935, in Orr, Minnesota, to Milton and Myrna (Moore) Martinson. Milton lived his younger years in Eau Claire, Wisconsin and in Green Bay for the past 53 years. He lived many years on a hobby farm near Denmark where he enjoyed raising and riding horses. On August 30, 1958, Milton married the love of his life, Mary Anderson, in Indianapolis. He always attributed the quality and happiness of his life to her.
Milton was an architect for over 50 years and established Martinson Architects in 1984. Two of his favorite projects included Lands’ End and the Crivitz Youth Center. He was a devoted Packer fan and was proud to have attended the Ice Bowl. Milton cherished the memories he made with his family, including trips to Disney, Hawaii, and Rawah Ranch in Colorado. He also loved instilling his love for the outdoors into his children and grandchildren’s lives, by going berry picking, fishing, walks in the woods, boating, horseback riding, and deer hunting. Milton enjoyed running and participated in many 10Ks and a marathon.
Milton’s love for land and his creative genius came together when he purchased the lodge property in 1977. In addition to designing the lodge itself, he meticulously restored several log cabins to make each one special with handmade furnishings, including light fixtures, furniture, fireplaces, and multiple other unique features; reflecting great attention to detail.
Milton will be remembered for his intelligence, quiet demeanor, kind spirit, and quick sense of humor. He loved sharing childhood stories of his horses and enjoyed reliving adventures with his sisters and brother, especially around the Chippewa River Bottoms.
Milton is survived by his wife of 59 years, Mary; his daughter, Christine (John) Buuck; his son, Dr. Jay (Jeanette) Martinson; six grandchildren, Rachel (Andrew) Langlois, David (Arianna) Buuck, TJ Martinson, Katie (Jake) Wetmore, Lucy Martinson, and Tad Martinson; four great-grandchildren, Dawson, Jonah, Beckett, and Leona Langlois; sisters, Marlene (Gordon) Hoffmann and Sandra Martinson; sisters-in-law, Ella (Dave) Elwood, Deborah (Max) Spaulding, and Jolene Martinson; and many loving nieces, nephews, and friends.
In addition to his parents, Milton was preceded in death by his brother, Ronald Martinson.
Visitation will be held on Thursday, January 18, 2018, at Lyndahl Funeral Home, 1350 Lombardi Ave., from 4:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. Visitation will continue on Friday, January 19, 2018, at the funeral home, from 10:00 a.m. until the time of Funeral Service at 11:00 a.m. Rev. Jim Downs will be officiating. In lieu of flowers, donations will be given to Olivet Nazarene University Student Scholarships in Bourbonnais, Illinois.
Milton’s family wishes to extend a special thank you to the first floor nursing staff at Aurora BayCare Medical Center.