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Denna Skousen Martineau

03/12/1939 - 03/26/2017
Service Date: 04/03/2017
Service Time: 10:00 AM
Service Location: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1050 S. Hobson, Mesa, Arizona

Denna Skousen Martineau was born in Santa Ana, California on March 12, 1939. While she was still a child, her parents moved to Nevada where they lived in Caliente and Overton until she was 15. She completed elementary school in Nevada.

The family then moved to Mesa where she attended Mesa High School, graduating with high honors in 1957. After high school she attended Brigham Young University, graduating with degrees in elementary education and early childhood and family development. She taught school in Mesa and Tucson.

After college she returned to Mesa and married Melvin Howard Martineau in the Arizona Temple on April 12, 1963. During their marriage they lived in Mesa, El Centro, CA and Tucson. They adopted three children, Eric, Sharon and Joseph.

She worked in all the LDS church auxiliaries and for the last 18 years has been a temple worker in the Mesa Arizona and Cochabamba Bolivia temples. She served three other missions.

She is survived by her husband, her three children, ten grandchildren, and ten great-grandchildren. She died March 26, 2017. She was 78 years old.

A visitation will be held Sunday, April 2, 2017 from 6-8 PM at Bunker’s Garden Chapel, 33 N. Centennial Way, Mesa, Arizona. Funeral services will be Monday, April 3, 2017 at 10 AM, preceded by a visitation at 9 AM, at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1050 S. Hobson, Mesa, Arizona. Interment will be Tuesday, April 4, 2017 at 10 AM at Binghampton Cemetery, Tucson, Arizona.


  • Please accept my condolences for your great loss. I pray that the many warm memories help with your grief. Also, comfort can be found in the words of Isaiah 25: 8 where it says that God will wipe all tears away and death , soon, will be no more.

  • Duane & Myrna Johnson

    We will miss our dear friend and loved one. Denna was an active and happy light in our lives. we will cherish her memory forever. May the comforting Spirit of the Lord be with Melvin and children.

  • junetta arnett clifford

    I am sad to read of the passing of my friend, Denna. We grew up in the 7th ward along with Melvin and we had some good times singing together. I will think of Denna’s family and loved ones. May you find comfort in the plan of salvation… my love to all of you and especially Melvin,

  • Jackie Mossman

    Dear Melvin & Family,
    Please accept my heartfelt condolences. Denna was a beautiful woman who left a huge impact on those who loved her. I was so blessed to have had her in my life over the past several years. I loved her dearly and will miss her greatly. The memories she left are vivid and full of fun and laughter. May your fond memories of her keep her alive in your hearts forever. God bless.

  • I will miss Denna’s spunk, wit & kindness. She was always there with great advice & kind words. I know she loved her Heavenly Father & her brother, Jesus Christ, because she spent her life in service to them and those around her. I will really miss her wisdom & fun loving charm at the exercise group each week!

  • Melvin and Family so sorry for your loss. May God bring you comfort and peace through this difficult time.

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