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Fern Leavitt Martin

09/19/1939 - 03/11/2024
Service Date: 03/22/2024
Service Time: 10:00 am
Service Location: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints 1415 E Southern Ave Mesa
Visitation Date: 03/21/2024
Visitation Time: 6-8:00 pm
Visitation Location: Bunker Garden Chapel
Interment: City Of Mesa Cemetery

Fern Leavitt Martin, 84 passed away peacefully on March 11, 2024 in Gilbert, Arizona. She was born in Mesa, Arizona September 1939. She grew up mostly in Mesa the youngest child of Joseph C. and Blanche (Allen) Leavitt with her siblings J. Allen, Bert, Moneta, Floyd, Johnny, JoeAnn, Barbara (Bobbie), and Fawn. She graduated from Mesa High in 1957 and completed two years at Arizona State University.

In November 1961, Fern married James “Jim” Martin. They enjoyed 60 years of marriage together. They lived in Gilbert, Phoenix, Sierra Vista, Scottsdale, and Mesa. Together they raised eight children. They served in the Germany Berlin Mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. They have 35 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

Fern was preceded in death by her husband Jim Martin, son, James Allen Martin daughter-in-law Terri (Townes) Martin; Brothers Allen, Bert, Floyd, John, and Sisters Bobbie, and Fawn, and parents Joe and Blanche Leavitt.

She is survived by; daughters Laura (Bienz), Rita, and Joan (Lasura); and sons David, Kyle, John, and Joseph; and her sisters Moneta Allen, and JoeAnn Brimhall.

Funeral service will be held 10:00 on Friday March 22nd at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints building 1415 E Southern Ave. Mesa, Arizona, with a visitation beginning one hour prior to the service. Additional viewing held Thursday March 21st at Bunker Family Funerals, 33 N Centennial Way, Mesa, from 6 pm – 8 pm.  Interment will be held at Mesa City Cemetery, 1212 N. Center St. Mesa, after the services Friday. Arrangements through Bunker Funeral Services.

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Arrangements by Bunker’s Garden Chapel, www.bunkerfuneral.com. Should this obituary appear anywhere but bunkerfuneral.com, please check our website for accurate details and service information.


  • I will miss my visits with Fern. She had the greatest sense of humor. She always made me laugh.

  • I will always remember your mom, Sister Martin, as well as all of the Martin family with fondness. My prayers are with you all at this time.

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