Husband, brother and mentor to many, Stanley L. Martin, a well-established business man of Lansing, MI, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, February 6, 2019, at the age of 78, with his family present. He had bravely confronted and succumbed to his short-term cancer diagnosis. He was born March 26, 1940, in Lansing, MI, and resided in Dimondale, MI for the past 52 years. He graduated from Sexton High School and Lansing Community College.
He is survived by: his wife of 44 years, Arija Maija (Kepitis); siblings, Arlene, Mary Ann, Alan (Glenna), Paul (Priscilla), and Kenneth (Paula); and many nieces and nephews.
Stan was predeceased in death by his father, Gregory J. Martin; mother, Pauline (Theis) Martin; and brother, Gerald Martin.
From a young age, Stan began working in the family business of Quality Dairy Co., founded by his father, Gregory J. Martin and Harvey Mack in 1936. The ownership changed in following years, bringing Stan and his brothers as partners in the company. As Stan worked his way from entry level positions in the company, he moved to the position of General Manager, President & CEO of Quality Dairy in 1984. During his years of service, he accepted the reign of leadership from his father taking the responsibility seriously. He worked to learn the art of business and the understanding that knowledge and continuous learning were essential for success.
Along with the family business, Stan was committed to supporting others. He felt that knowledge was key and helped to mentor those under his leadership. He served on many boards including the Board of Directors for the National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS), the Sparrow Hospital Board, and on various CEO groups.
When not working, sailing was his passion. He and Maija enjoyed many hours with family and friends on open water. He and his wife enjoyed traveling to various destinations in and out of the country. He also enjoyed his long nature walks.
Visitation will be at Estes-Leadley Greater Lansing Chapel, from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Sunday, February 10, 2019. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, February 11, 2019, at Estes-Leadley Greater Lansing Chapel, 325 W. Washtenaw St., Lansing, MI. Interment will follow at St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery. A luncheon will follow at the Royal Scot Banquet Hall. Flowers may be sent to Estes-Leadley or those who wish to donate may do so to Michigan Dyslexia Institute of Lansing or Community Mental Health Authority of Clinton, Eaton & Ingham Counties.