SCOUT Martin

Posted: July 8th, 2016

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It is with great sadness that we announce the sudden passing of our father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother, uncle and nephew, MARTIN LEWIS SCOUT “Saya’kapaissapiyi” (Looking out of the water), beloved husband of Alma Spear Chief Scout, who passed away on the Blood Reserve on July 4, 2016 at the age of 71 years. He was born on January 4, 1945 at home on the North end of the Blood Reserve to the late Ben and Sarah (Stabsdown-Blue Wings) Scout.

Martin is survived by his loving wife Alma; three daughters: Deborah (Gavin) Anderson, Tricia (Tibbs) Spear Chief and Karen Shade; one son Sean (Tracey) Scout; grandchildren: Tatjana, Rory, Jayden, Ravyn, Logan, Sage, Dustin, Colton, Kesse, Mataya, Lennox, Shaquila, McKenley and Lewis; great grandchildren: Aarionne, Cassidy and Draytin; brothers: Ken (Theresa), Ben Jr. (Audrey), Lavern (Ann) and Charlie; sisters: Rosetta (Jordan) and Roseann (Justin); one uncle Harry; aunts: Sophie Scout, Isabel, Leona, Nora, Evelyn, Lena and Myrna Stabsdown and numerous nieces and nephews.

Martin met and later married the love of his life, Alma Spear Chief, on June 23, 1967. They lived on the Blood Reserve, later moved to Calgary, Lethbridge and Saskatchewan where Alma pursued her education as an R.N. During this time, they raised their children and later moved back to their homestead at the Fish Creek area where he farmed and ranched until his passing.

At an early age, Martin attended the St. Mary’s Residential School on the Blood Reserve, then later attended the Henderson College of Business and received his Accounting Diploma. He also attended the Westerra Institute of Technology in Stoney Plain, Edmonton and received his certificate in Gas Distribution Technician, then attended Lethbridge Community College where he received his certificate in Personal Care Aide.

Martin was employed at various places such as the Lethbridge Friendship Centre as an outreach worker, SRI Housing, Atco Gas, Shell Plant, Waterton Dam and various construction sites, including roofing, throughout Calgary South during his lifetime.

Martin was predeceased by his parents Ben Sr. And Sarah Scout; three sisters: Victoria, Freda and Catherine; three grandchildren: Shania, Kadence and Mikai; two great grandchildren: Adison and Sage; his in-laws Allen and Isabel Spear Chief and two sisters-in-law Rita Spear Chief-Healy and Lorna Spear Chief-Sinclair; several nieces and nephews: Bentley Chief Moon, Jolane Scout, Kassie Soop, Gilbert Spear Chief, Janice Spear Chief, Winslow (Dutch) Buckskin, Leslie (Tinesy) Buckskin, Crystal Taypotat, Sasha North Peigan and Genie Spear Chief.

The Family Service will be at Legacy Funeral Home, Cardston on Friday, July 8th, 2016 from 3:00 to 4:00 p.m. followed by the Wake Service at the Senator Gladstone Hall, Blood Reserve from 6:00 to 11:00 p.m. The Funeral Mass will be held at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Blood Reserve on Saturday, July 9th, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. Interment in the Blood Band Cemetery.

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