Martin I. Stout of Genesee passed away Wednesday, November 14, 2018 at Kootenai Health in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. He was 84.
Martin was born at the Stout family home in Uniontown, Washington on October 15, 1934 to Clay C. and Mary Alice (Nave) Stout. He grew up on their family’s farm there and attended school in Colton, Washington later moving to Genesee, Idaho and graduating from Genesee High School.
Martin and Joan F. Hampton were married at the Genesee Community Church on September 6, 1957. They began their life together in Junction City, Kansas where Martin was serving in the Army. Following his discharge they moved back to Genesee where he started farming with his brother, Ray. They farmed together for several years until Martin and Joan moved to the “Crow Place” near the top of the Lewiston hill where they farmed and started raising cattle and chickens. In the early 1960’s they increased their herd to include Charolais cattle. They lived at the “Crow Place” until 1976 when they moved to their current home, where they’ve lived, loved and worked since.
Martin was active in the Jaycees, the Lily Chapter #27 Order of Eastern Star in Genesee, the Nez Perce County Cattleman’s Association, was named Nez Perce County Farmer of the Year, and served 12 years on the Genesee School Board. Martin and Joan were also active members of the Genesee Booster Club. He was an early 4H leader in the Happy Valley 4-H Club which his brother Ray and family founded and continues today with the future generations of the Stout Family. Martin was a member of the American Legion, Unity Lodge No. 17 A.F & A.M. One of the highlights of his life was when he and Joan served as Grand Marshall’s of the Lewiston Roundup in 2015.
Martin loved meeting new people and enjoyed asking about their background. He rarely forgot a face or a name and it was said nary a person on the street weren’t greeted by Martin at one time or another. Martin was known by all as one of the prominent cattlemen of Nez Perce and Latah counties with his Charolais cattle spread across the Lewiston Hill and Clarkia, ID areas.
Martin was preceded in death by his wife of 59 years, Joan, in October 2016 along with brothers Everett, Henry and Claude.
He is survived by his brother Ray (Irene) Stout, sons and daughters-in-law, Dan and Cindy, Darrell and Kim, Doug and Tammy all of Genesee. He also leaves grandchildren, Brad, Stacey, Wyatt, Rhett, Trevor and Makenzie and great grandchildren, Tyler, Coy, Kami, Bailey and Riley and a great great grandchild, Kennedi.
A service and celebration of Life will be at the Genesee Fire Hall on Tuesday, November 20th at 1:00 P.M. Drinks, cookies and fellowship will follow.
A private burial with Military Honors will precede the service at the Genesee City Cemetery.
The family suggests memorials be made in Martin’s name to the Genesee Community Church or to the Genesee Ambulance Fund.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Short’s Funeral Chapel, Moscow, and online condolences may be sent to www.shortsfuneralchapel.net