James C. Martin, 68, passed away at Providence Alaska Medical Center in Anchorage on April 11, 2014.
A celebration of life was held at Sourdough Mining Company in Anchorage on May 2. The family plans to scatter his ashes at Waldron Pond Community Cemetery in Willow, Alaska.
James was born on June 6, 1945 in Rapid City, South Dakota, to Jay and Willadell Martin. He attended the University of Wyoming and joined the US Air Force in 1965. He would later also serve in Alaska Air National Guard, Alaska Navy Reserve, and Alaska Civil Air Patrol.
James married Billie Martin in 1966. Soon after his career in the US Air Force, James began working as a photographer, first at the News Review in Roseburg, Oregon.
In 1970 he moved to Anchorage, Alaska, and was chief photographer for the Anchorage Times. He would become a founding partner of Alaska Journal of Commerce, an owner and publisher of the Alaska View, and President of Alaska Business Monthly.
James would use his experience to contribute to his community; he sat on the UAA Department of Journalism Advisory Committee and was a volunteer at KAKM, KSKA, and Junior Achievement Alaska.
His interests included photography, books, computers, books, astronomy, books, world religions, geology, and history, and he was an avid supporter of Title Wave Books.
His family wrote: “Jim had an insatiable curiosity and was a life-long learner who never met a book he didn’t like!! He was a loving and dedicated family man whose greatest joy was his grandchildren.”
He is survived by his wife, Billie Martin; his daughter, Lori (James) Efird; son, Jason (Michelle) Martin; granddaughter, Gabriella Efird; grandsons, Aidan Efird and Sebastian Martin; his mother, L. Willadell Radcliffe; his sister, Nancy Ruehle; and many nieces and nephews in Alaska, Colorado, Washington, Oregon, and California.
James is preceded in death by his father, Jay Arthur Martin.
In lieu of flowers the family asks donations be made to Junior Achievement of Alaska, 639 W International Airport Road #38, Anchorage, AK 99518.
Everyone at Alaska Business Publishing Company, Inc. is deeply saddened by the sudden and unexpected passing of James “Jim” Martin. We have been comforted by the outpouring of support and caring from clients and colleagues alike. I am sharing sentiments gathered at press time in late April as a tribute to our leader as we push forward and continue to publish Alaska Business Monthly. Everyone should be so lucky to have the gift of a boss like Jim. His passing is a great loss, and I am suddenly feeling cast adrift to be without his ongoing guidance, wealth of knowledge, and great sense of humor. I am thankful to have known him. He took such wonderful care of us all and did a fantastic job keeping this crew of creatives focused on the task at hand—producing a really great magazine. This one’s for you, Jim!
“He was the best boss I ever had and I’ve always been grateful he hired me.”
Senior Account Manager
“Jim always treated the employees with much respect and generosity. He will be greatly missed!”
“Jim was incredibly generous to the employees at Alaska Business Monthly. I am very thankful for the opportunities he provided and for his guidance and support over the years. He will be missed by all... and we will carry on the strong traditions of the magazine in his memory.”
Vice President of Sales & Marketing
“It was a pleasure working for a boss that looked out for his employees—little things mattered; like letting us go early during winter storms so we would all get home safe, extra time to spend with family during holidays, and looking forward to weekends starting a bit earlier than 5:00 on Fridays when Jim asked us to shut our computers off.”
“Jim was one of the best bosses I’ve ever had. Not only did he care about the business, but he also cared about his employees. He always had a story no matter what we were discussing and is deeply missed.”
Accountant & Circulation Manager
“Jim was a generous man who cared deeply for the happiness and welfare of his employees. He worked to make sure that our office was not just a workplace, but that we all built relationships beyond our work with him and with each other. Jim hired me right out of college, giving me an opportunity that I’ll appreciate for the rest of my life. As I got to know him better, I realized that Jim was always the man who was happy to give someone a chance.”
Editorial Assistant & Survey Administrator
“As the newest staff member of Alaska Business Monthly, I appreciate the potential Jim saw in me, and I’d just like to do everything I can in continuing his legacy in providing Alaska with a publication that showcases business around the state. And on a personal level, I’d like to continue to spread the type of positive attitude and dedication he had for his employees and family.”
“I’m happy to have had the opportunity to work for and know Jim. He was truly a great man and the best boss I could ever ask for, his concern for all of us here personally, as well as professionally, was genuine and truly touching. Bestowed with the gift of gab, his diverse knowledge, life experiences, and a truly winning personality, it was always such a pleasure to take a moment when the opportunity came up to chat. He will be sorely missed, kindly remembered, and never forgotten.”
— David Geiger