Green River Star -

Martin Chestine


April 19, 2017

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Martin Chestine

Martin Chestine, 98, of Rock Springs, passed away April 14, 2017, at his home. A longtime resident of Rock Springs and former resident of California, Chestine had been in ill health for the past six months.  

He was born Jan. 14, 1919, in Shady Point, Okla., the son of Cecil and Rose Davis Chestine. 

Chestine attended schools in Oklahoma. 

He married Edith M. Umbanhowar in Manila, Utah, in October of 1940 and she preceded him in death Sept. 19, 2012. 

Chestine was a United States Army Veteran of World War II and was honorably discharged in 1946. While serving in the army, he was a military policeman. 

He was employed by Union Pacific Coal Company as a coal miner and later at Quealey Coal. He also worked in the maintenance department of Sweetwater County School District No. 1.

Chestine was a 70 year member of United Mine Workers of America.

His interests included hunting, fishing, gardening and arrowhead hunting. He loved the outdoors.  

His hobby was working with Wyoming jade, in crafting hunting knives and jewelry. 

Survivors include one daughter, Sharon "Judy" Mattinson and companion Walt Pivik of Rock Springs;  two grandchildren, Dennis Scott Mattinson and wife Suzy and Donovan Martin Mattinson and wife Robyn; four great-grandchildren, Maggie Mattinson, Sophie Mattinson, Darby Mattinson and Kai Mattinson; one "adopted" son, Joe Dolenc and wife Denise of Rock Springs; two "adopted" grandchildren, Laura Garrett and Joseph Dolenc; several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, wife Edith, son-in-law Dennis Mattinson; great-grandson Britt Mattinson; three brothers and three sisters.  

Funeral services will be conducted at 1 p.m. Friday, at Vase Funeral Chapel in Rock Springs.

Interment will be in the Rock Springs Municipal Cemetery. Friends may call on Friday, one hour prior to services.


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