March 12, 2013

Clifford Lavern Martin was born Sept. 30, 1918 in Duke. He was the son of the late Charlie Lee and Leila Amanda (Smith) Martin. He died March 6, 2013 at his home in Duke.

Private memorial services are planned for a later date.

He married his wife Christina on Aug. 3, 1946 in Vernon, Texas. He served during World War II in the United States Navy and later transferred to the Seabees. Lavern was wounded in the Phillipines and received the Purple Heart. He was honorably discharged in November 1945. Lavern returned to Duke, Oklahoma following the War. He was a carpenter by trade, and faithful hard working husband.

Survivors include his wife Christina of the home in Duke; two children, Phyllis Vickers and husband Steve of Maryland, and Craig Martin and wife Kathy of Payson, Ariz.; Paul Davis his life long friend of Duke; four grandchildren, Todd Hedge, Torrie Bradfield, Christin Wade; Chad Martin; and five great-grandchildren.

Lavern was preceded in death by his parents; and four brothers, Milton, Gordon, Garvis and Byrl Martin.

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