Martin E. Christensen, Sr. 76 of Granite Falls, passed away on Thursday, February 22, 2018 at Select Specialty Hospital in Sioux Falls, SD.

Martin E. Christensen, Sr. was born November 15, 1941 in Pine City to Folmer Christensen and Retta (Wallace) Christensen. He was baptized at the Watson church in 1949. He was confirmed at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Montevideo in 1954. He was in the U.S. military from August 1959 to October 1959. He then married Nancy Gagnon in 1964 and in that union of marriage they had three children together: Curtis Chris-tensen, Karyn Christensen and David Christensen. In 1974 He married Linda Villcheck and they had two children together: Ann (Christensen) Torke and Martin Christensen, Jr. Then in 1991 he married Josephine Tebben. She passed away January 15, 2017.

Marty worked for the Milwaukee Railroad for 13 years and then he became an independent owner/operator truck driver with Smith Brokerage of Willmar Freight Inc.

He is survived by his kids Curtis Christensen, Karyn Christensen, Ann and (Wes) Torke and Martin Christensen Jr. His grand kids Kendra Heipler, Travis D. Torke, Cynthia M Torke and Kiley L Torke. His sisters Maryann Christensen of St. Paul, Margaret and (Virgil) Mayer of Montevideo, Marlys Christensen of California, and Marlene Christensen of St. Cloud. His brothers Marvin and (Marilyn G.) Christensen of St. Cloud, and Marlow and (Marilyn A.) Christensen of Waite Park. He has eight nieces and nephews.

He is proceeded in death by his son David, his wife Josephine and his grand kids Wade and Lisa Torke, and his parents Folmer and Retta (Wallace) Christensen. There will be a private family burial scheduled at a later time.