Obituary of Martie Lawrence Britten Jr
Martie Lawrence Britten Jr. was born in Lansing, Michigan on January 11, 1954. He was one of four children born from the union of Martie Lawrence Britten, Sr. and Marva (Smith) Britten. Martie began high school at Lansing Everett in Lansing, Michigan before transferring to Monroe High School. He obtained his GED in 1976 from Monroe after being Honorably Discharged from the United States Army. He was very proud to be a veteran.
Martie was employed for many years as a heavy equipment operator in the construction industry before taking a medical retirement in 2013. He was a member of the Monroe Moose Lodge #884 and a member of the Abate Region 18 Club, a motorcycle right activist organization. Martie was most at peace on a boat with a rod in his hands. He loved fishing for walleye and pike on Lake Erie or in Harrison, Michigan with his friend Bill Valentine. He also enjoyed shooting pool at the Carleton Hotel and The Next Door Lounge in Maybee. Visiting classic car shows with his friend, Dave “Chopper” Laming was another favorite pastime.
Martie often was seen with his four-legged companion a chihuahua/terrier/Jack Russell mixed wonder dog named “Sparki”. He loved spending time with his girlfriend, Reba and together the couple enjoyed going out to eat at Sal’s Place Family Restaurant and El Maguey Café being preferred destinations. They also visited their original meeting place the Moose Lodge, visiting friends, or vegging at home, watching old TV series like “Wagontrain” or the “Rifleman”. Martie enjoyed karaoke and wasn’t afraid to pick up the mic and belt out the lyrics to his favorite country and bluegrass songs.
Martie Lawrence Britten Jr., age 68, of Monroe passed away on Monday, October 10, 2022 at home surrounded by his loving family and under the care of Hospice of Michigan. His passing was preceded by his parents: Martie Sr. and Marva Britten.
To cherish his memory, he leaves a son: Michael (Jennifer) Britten of Carleton, Michigan; a daughter: Jackie Britten of Monroe, Michigan; three sisters: Gail (Stephen) Stiver of Knoxville, Tennessee; Judy (Mike) Ferguson of Jefferson City, Tennessee and LouAnne (John) Staple of Roseville, Michigan; five grandchildren: Jordan Johnson Sr. (Fiancé Mariah Taylor), Jessalyn Johnson, McCormick Petticrew, McCarty Petticrew, and Carson Petticrew; two great grandchildren: Jordan Johnson Jr. and Jayden Wade Johnson; his loving girlfriend: Reba Fultz; five nephews: Matthew Crispin, Jason (Holly) Ferguson, Kevin (Lauren) Ferguson, Stephen Paul (Kelly) Ferguson, and Travis (Ashley) Ferguson; four nieces: Nicole (Tom) Sullenberger, Sarah (Kyle) Beauchamp, Ashley (Michael) Felak, and Katie Ferguson; and numerous cousins.
A private family service has been planned for November 5, 2022. Martie’s care has been entrusted to Merkle Funeral Service, North Monroe; 2442 North Monroe Street, Monroe, Michigan 48162 (734) 384-5185. Cremation has taken place through Covenant Cremation of Erie, Michigan.
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