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Written by Ozaukee Press   
Thursday, 12 October 2017 16:18

Daniel R. Martens was a patriot who loved being on the water.
Mr. Martens, 69, died of a heart attack at his Fredonia home on Thursday, Oct. 5.
He worked as a semi driver for the U.S. Postal Service, but among his greatest joys were motorcycling and boating.
His love of boating took him to many different bodies of water throughout Wisconsin, but his favorite was Lake Michigan. He loved the lake no matter how high the waves were. Being out in his boat always brought a smile on his face.
He loved to share boating with family and friends. His daughter’s first boat ride came when she was 4 weeks old, and she grew to become her father’s boating and fishing partner.
Mr. Martens joined the Army in 1967. He spent most of his time in Germany defending the Russian border. His years in the service gave him a strong belief in the United States as a nation and he was a supporter of the American flag. At each of his houses he proudly flew the flag, even building a large flagpole at his house in Grafton that eclipsed 10 feet tall.
He also enjoyed motorcycling and spending time with friends, especially his lifelong friend, Ed Chow. The two were often referred to as twins since they met in the third grade.
In 2007, Mr. Martens was diagnosed with Inclusion Body Myositis, and he and his family to moved from Grafton to Fredonia, where he found neighbors that helped make his life even fuller. He often sat in the driveway in his wheelchair with his dog Tallie, enjoying the sunshine and the many people who waved or stopped to share some time with him.
Shortly after Mr. Martens moved to Fredonia, he retired. His disease prevented him from boating and motorcycling, so he then began researching and learned a new skill, beer making. He liked nothing better than sharing a beer with friends and getting their opinions on which ones he should brew again.
Mr. Martens is survived by his wife Linda of Fredonia; daughter Ashley (Matt) Moldenhauer of Port Washington and grandson, Parker.
He is further survived by his brother Dave Martens of Blairsville, Ga.
A celebration of his life will be held in the upstairs lake room at Schooner Pub in Port Washington from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 12.
A memorial service at 5:30 p.m. will be followed by military honors.
Memorials to the Myositis Association are encouraged.
Eernisse Funeral Home of Port Washington is serving the family.

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