Feb. 26 was Jake’s crowning day! Jake was hospitalized in Virden on Feb. 15, 2018, and on Monday, the 26th, the Lord called him to his heavenly Home.
Jake was born at Ste. Anne, Man., on Sept. 17, 1931, to Peter and Helena Martens. Needless to say, with 10 siblings, it was a lively household.
He learned about the love of Jesus in that home and at age eight asked Jesus into his heart and life. Jake was always desirous to live for God and to help others find the way.
He received his elementary education at Landmark, Man. He married Helen Reimer on Dec. 26, 1953. It was a cold day at -40, but their love was warm.
Jake was well established already at bush clearing for farmers in the Oak River area. So they moved into their 8′ X 16′ dream home. It was common that Jake would come home to his wife mid-morning and announce, “We’re moving.” In a half hour or so they would move to a new job site.
These were exciting days for Jake and Helen. Jake loved his work.
God was good to them. He gave them three special gifts during that time—Tim, Peter and Paulina. Jake loved his children and they returned that love.
Winters were spent at the Martens sawmill. Jake became a sawyer and also operated his own sawmill. The bush clearing work continued in different parts of northern Manitoba for many years.
There were many challenges, but Jake enjoyed this work. He was an outdoors man. He owned or operated a cat all his life. Just a few weeks before he passed away Jake said, “I think if I could go out, get on a cat and drive into a bush, I would soon be well.”
Do you think they can use cat drivers in Heaven? We know they can because God called him there.
Jake did some farming, moving the family to the Elkhorn/Kola, Man., area in 1972.
Jake loved to fish. There were annual Martens fishing/camping holidays, a great time for the family.
Grandchildren were his great joy. They were all special. They remember the many fun things Grandpa did with them, like fishing, camping, building things, playing games, plus many other things. Jake is now reunited with one of those special grandchildren.
The Lord had His hand of blessing on Jake and his wife by leading them to ministry at Oak River Indian Reserve, now Sioux Valley. The ministry and the friends Jake made were his life of joy and fulfilment. Here God used his desire of sharing God’s Word and his talent of singing. Jake was looking forward to joining the great choir in Heaven!
Their lives were dedicated to Christian service. Years of Vacation Bible School, taking children from Sioux Valley to Bible camps up north, etc., were among Jake’s enjoyable times.
Jake is survived by his wife Helen; son Tim and Elvira, with children Eric, Larissa, Tiffany and Bryce; son Peter and Cindy with children Steven and Kelsey,
Samantha and Chris and children Karmie, Ashlynn and Kyla Michelle and Jason and children Lucas, Scarlet and Parker, and Katie; daughter Paulina and Troy, with son Dillen. Jake was pre-deceased by one grandson, Brandon. He also leaves behind nine siblings and many friends.