Pastor Harold Price Martin

Jul 22, 2021
Martin Harold


10:30 a.m. Monday, July 26, 2021, at Kimball Avenue United Methodist Church. 

The service will be live-streamed on Kimball Ave United Methodist Church Facebook Page


2-4 p.m. Sunday at La Porte City Funeral Home and one hour before the service at the church.


following the luncheon in the West View Cemetery in La Porte City, with military rites conducted by the La Porte City American Legion U.S.S. San Diego Post #207. 


may be directed to Cedar Valley Hospice, P.O. Box 2280 Waterloo, Iowa 50704-2280 or Kimball Avenue United Methodist Church, 1207 Kimball Ave, Waterloo, IA 50702.


Pastor Harold Price Martin, 89, of Waterloo, formerly of La Porte City, died Thursday, July 22, 2021, at the Cedar Valley Hospice Home.  He was born August 10, 1931, in Columbia, MO, the son of Sterling Price and Susan Hay Martin.  

He graduated from Stanwood High School and received his BA from Whitworth College in Spokane, WA, and his MA from Dubuque Theological Seminary. He served in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean Conflict.

He married Patricia Armstrong in Spokane, WA, in 1955, they were later divorced.  He married Ruth (Westercamp) Denny in Waterloo in 1985.

Harold was a pastor for numerous churches in Iowa and Illinois, including Hedrick, Wilson Chapel, Springville, Linn Grove, Waterloo, La Porte City, and New Windsor IL. He was a member of the La Porte City American Legion Post #207 and the North Central Iowa Presbytery.

Survived by: his wife, Ruth of Waterloo; two sons, Steve (Julie) Martin of St. Louis, MO; Dave (Terri) Martin of Cedar Rapids; two daughters, Becky (Kris) Koopman of Gilbertville; Deb (Rich Grundman) Melchert of Eden Prairie, MN; two step-children, Gene (Christine) Denny of Johnston; Debbie Denny of Memphis, TN; 11 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; a brother, Darrel (Bonnie) Martin of Cedar Rapids and numerous nieces and nephews.

Preceded in death by: his parents and one great-grandson.

La Porte City Funeral Home is handling arrangements 319-342-3131.  


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  1. Paula Kennedy Allison | Jul 26, 2021

    I am so saddened to hear of Pastor Martin’s passing.  He was our pastor in Springville, Iowa during my yourh.  So many memories of such a wonderful leader and teacher; many years at camp Wyoming for weekend camping.  Then off to Kentucky on a mission trip riding in his VW van; visiting an orphanage on the way and taking the children to the beach, white washing a missionaries house and community building, making curtains for the community building AND having to use out houses with sears catalogs…..oh the memories.   I remember one evening a few friends were walking around town and we ran into Pastor Martin in front of the church, it was late but he took time to sit in the grass with us and talk about many different issues,  he was so willing to listen and share his insight and knowledge.  He was such a great example of what it means to be a Christian; always willing to meet people where they were, might even find him in the bar sharing his faith; or marching for equality; involving our church members and youth with a church in Cedar Rapids that was predominately black.  This all happened in the 60’s so you know he was ahead of his time.   I will forever hold a special place in my heart for Harold; he had such a positive influence in my life and laid a firm foundation for my faith.  I am lifting his entire family in prayer during this difficult time. In His love,  Paula Kennedy Allison 

  2. Dale & Amy (Kunde) Barglof | Jul 25, 2021

    To the family, I am so sorry to hear of your loss. What a great man! I enjoyed watching him "love" on complete strangers wherever he was, no matter what their age. Really got to know him more when I worked at the Tastee Treats. He loved to laugh! He always brought the best out in people as he talked to them. May all who were touched by him now follow his example. We love you all! Sending hugs from MICHIGAN! 

  3. Andrea Goudy | Jul 25, 2021
    The world lost a great spiritual leader and a man of deep faith.  He was my mentor and biggest supporter.  I enjoyed being one of the work campers and the pulpit exchanges. My deepest sympathy to Ruth and his family.
  4. Lynn Geadelmann | Jul 25, 2021
    Darrel, to lose a brother is heartbreaking! I remember Harold’s hearty laugh & beautiful smile at our picnic get-togethers in earlier years. So glad you & Harold had great brotherly love which is an asset to making our world a kinder one!! He’s one who believed in God, church & bringing people together. Family, friends & those he mentored will miss him dearly to spread “the good news” he spread to all!!
  5. Brad Wilson | Jul 24, 2021
    Some years ago Harold, (Harrrrrrrold,” “Rabbi Martin,” etc.) showed up at the Springville Church Supper, as I was eating at a table near the door. Never a fashion leader, he was wearing that light blue cardigan sweater that had surely been around for a long time. After chit chatting a few minutes, he went to get food. I turned to my good friend, sitting beside me and said, “Do you see that fuddy duddy old man? He's like the Yoda character in the Star Wars Movies. He's a Master of the Force. He was my Master, my mentor.” Harold spoiled me in my life, faith and career, as he gave me such high standards for who you could be led and supervised by, who you could be and become, what you could do. I went on work camps to Mississippi and Kentucky, and we created numerous alternative church services at Camp Wyoming.  He was there with a workshop when I received draft lottery #2 during the Vietnam War.  Besides church, he was my Field Supervisor as the 3rd SANSI intern. The greater church has greatly needed Pastor Martins, but tragically, there haven't been enough to go around. When will society catch up to the Pastor Martin of history? His presence will be greatly missed.  We have Bible School, so I'll miss the funeral.
  6. Krissy Michelle Molander | Jul 23, 2021

    Harold, you are an amazing man. I loved our bike rides and trails exploring when I was growing up. You have a heart of GOLD and love the LORD and your family immensely. Everything you did was intentional and purposeful. 


    I loved being welcomed into your close family circle. WOW! So beautiful to see all your kids, grandkids and great grandkids all together- and you always made that happen. YOUR GIFT TO MANY WAS YOUR PRESENCE. God bless you always and thank you for being a great example to so many.

    You have a beautiful legacy.


    Krissy Molander

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