February 20, 1926 – May 26, 2019
It is with great sadness that the family of Martin Eugene Kerpan, 93, of Saskatoon, SK, announces his passing at St. Paul’s Hospital on May 26, 2019. Martin was born on his family farm northwest of Kenaston on February 20, 1926. As a member of a large farm family he had lots of responsibilities and chores from a young age. In 1941 when his older brothers left to serve in the military, he quit school to tend to the needs of the farm. At the age of 17, he left the farm to support the War Effort. The first winter he worked in a smelter in British Columbia and the next year he travelled to Toronto to work in a box factory. After the war he returned to Kenaston where he continued to find work to support himself and later his family. He was a hard worker and this was a quality he appreciated in others. He held various jobs over his lifetime, but he especially enjoyed working as an electrician’s apprentice and as a cement finisher during the construction of the Gardiner Dam. He saw the importance of being a life-long learner and welcomed the opportunity to learn new skills like operating his IPad. However his real love was working the land, and together with his wife, Doreen (Dietz of Loreburn), they built a successful farming business. Martin farmed west of Davidson for 45 years until retiring in 1998. Martin and Doreen lived in the community of Kenaston where they raised all of their children. Martin volunteered endless hours to the community and St. Andrew’s Catholic Church. Being a good citizen and a good person were important to him, and these were some of the many legacies he left his family. Eventually, retirement took Martin and his wife to Saskatoon to be closer to their children. With hard work and lots of love, they made a new home there where they lived until January of this year. In February, Martin and Doreen relocated to the Villa Royale. Martin’s love of life, his great sense of humor, passion for music and dancing, watching old westerns, and following his beloved sports teams – the Saskatchewan Roughriders, Toronto Maple Leafs and Blue Jays were a big part of who he was and why he was loved by his family and friends. He was always actively involved in supporting his children’s activities when they grew up and later was fortunate to be able to cheer on his grandkids and great-grandchildren in their endeavors. Martin was immensely proud of his family and their achievements. His hugs, laughter, and kisses will be missed. Martin will be forever remembered as a loving husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, and friend. Martin is survived by his wife, Doreen of 68 years, daughters: Andrea (Stephen) Gerich, Pamela (Craig) Wilson, Marla (Lyle) Fruson, and daughter-in-law (Lorie) Kerpan, many loving grandchildren: Tera (Harley) Berndt, Sharleen (Owen) Waddington, Scott (Angie) Kerpan, Chandra Gerich, Brett (Dorelle) Gerich, Andrew (Melissa) Wilson, Derek Wilson, and Mandee Fruson and great-grandchildren: Drew and Jenae Berndt; Keagan, Nicholas, and Haylan Waddington; Claire and Ethan Gerich; as well as his brother, William (Lillian) Kerpan of Kenaston. Martin was predeceased by his son, Wayne; parents, Paul and Mary Kerpan, as well as 10 siblings. The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, June 1 at Holy Spirit Roman Catholic Church (114 Kingsmere Pl.) in Saskatoon with Fr. Darryl Millette as Celebrant. Martin will be laid to rest in the Kenaston Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to a charitable organization of your choice. Arrangements in care of David Schurr - Mourning Glory Funeral Services (306) 978-5200.