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Martin Louis Devere

November 1, 1940 ~ February 24, 2024 (age 83) 83 Years Old
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Martin Devere Obituary

November1,1940 to February 24, 2024

Martin Louis Devere, 83, of Tombstone, Arizona passed away on February 24th 2024 in Tucson, Arizona. Born on November 1st 1940, Martin dedicated his life to his love of the outdoors, and to his family. He was the epitome of love, compassion and strength who is leaving an enduring legacy that will forever resonate in the hearts of those he touched.

Martin was born in Kankakee, Illinois to Martin Louis Devere Sr. and Margaret Hemphill.  He graduated from St. Patrick’s High School in 1958 and attended Purdue University for a short time. He took a short break from college to visit Tombstone, Arizona where he worked in the copper mines. While in Tombstone, he met his future wife, Kari Dixon.  Martin then returned to Purdue and received a bachelor’s degree in forestry in 1962. He married his wife Kari Dixon in December of that year while she attended nursing school. 

Martin was a devoted husband, steadfastly standing by his beloved Kari. Their love was a testament to the power of commitment and partnership, weathering life’s storms with grace and resilience. Together they shared a bond forged in love and faith, in both God and family. Martin often told those around him that the secret to their love was that he married his best friend.

Martin’s storied forestry career began with a short stint with the US Forest Service and included various jobs with Stall Lumber Company in California, and Western Pine Industries in Globe and Snowflake, Arizona, and Chama, New Mexico.  In 1976 he accepted a position with Northwest Timber Association in Eugene, Oregon.  He worked there for 7 years, and this was his favorite job. In this job, he was able to spend time in the woods on horseback as well as represent the Timber Industry to various senators and panels in Washington, DC.

In 1983, an opportunity arose to return to Tombstone where he and his wife operated Boothill Cemetery and Gift Shop for 10 years. While living in Tombstone, Martin was heavily involved with the local government as a city councilman; was active in the Lions Club; and was a member of Powwow, a tourist recruitment association.  Martin founded a forestry consulting business which remains in business today.  After Boothill, Martin and Kari opened an art gallery called Hon-Dah House.  Martin was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church for over 40 years.  Martin and Kari recently relocated to Sierra Vista to reside in a small casita on their daughter and son-in-law’s property, where he lived until his death.

Though Marty may no longer walk among us, his spirit will live on in the memories and in the hearts of all who were blessed to know and love him. He will be deeply missed and always lovingly remembered.

Martin is preceded in death by his parents, and his sister Ann Jauhiainen.  He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Kari; his daughter Suzanne (Christopher) Smith; his son Steven (Rachel) Devere; brothers Paul (Cynthia) Devere; and Dan (Renee) Devere; numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday, March 16th at Sacred Heart of Jesus Church, 598 East Safford Street, Tombstone, Arizona 85638.  Holy Rosary will begin at 9:30 am, Mass will be from 10:00 – 11:00 am.  Procession to Tombstone cemetery for burial immediately after Mass.  Reception in Nellie Cashman Hall (at Sacred Heart of Jesus Church) at 12 Noon.  All are welcome.

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Recitation of the Rosary
March 16, 2024

9:30 AM
Sacred Heart Catholic Church
516 E. Safford St.
Tombstone, AZ 85638

Mass of Christian Burial
March 16, 2024

10:00 AM
Sacred Heart Catholic Church
516 E. Safford St.
Tombstone, AZ 85638


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