Martin Lutz Pawlyk of Bayside passed away April 30, 2018 at the age of 78, surrounded by his family.  

Born in Carvel, Alberta, Canada on September 10, 1939, he was the son of the late Fred and Josephine Pawlyk. Martin graduated from College of the Redwoods and retired from the Samoa Pulp Mill (formerly Louisiana Pacific) after a 35 year management career.   

Martin is survived by his wife of 56 years, Marilyn Pawlyk, along with his three children: Shelley Pawlyk of Indian Land, S.C.; James Pawlyk; and Karen Pawlyk (Neal Latt) of Eureka,. Martin also has six grandchildren:  Krista Stewart of Fort Mill, SC; Lindsay (Joey) Moye of Houston, TX; Kelsey Pawlyk; Chloe Latt of Eureka; Gracie & JJPawlyk of California; and one great-grandson, Tyler Moye of Houston, TX.  He also leaves behind four siblings in Alberta, Canada:  Rose (Martin) Ostopowich, Irene (Harry) Hohnstein, Patsy (George) Stark, Andy (Debbie) Pawlyk and sister-in-law Diane Ursel of British Columbia, along with many other loving nieces, nephews, relatives and cherished friends.

Martin was a chemical and steam engineer before being promoted to management positions. He was also skilled in process engineering design and at age 65 learned 3D AutoCad modeling on the computer. He explained to his family one of his biggest work-related accomplishments took place after he retired, when he produced extensive process diagrams of the mill as a consultant. Martin was locally known as the “Agate King” and loved collecting all sizes and colors of north coast agates while combing the beach with his wife Marilyn and their friends. One of Martin’s favorite things to do was meet with a large group of his friends every Thursday at Starbucks. Even while battling cancer he tried to help others. The family is grateful for all the love and support shown to him by friends, neighbors, and medical community.

Memorial services for Martin Pawlyk will be held Wednesday, May 9th, 2018 beginning with light meal in the Lighthouse Room at 5:30 p.m. at Arcata First Baptist Church with the service following at 7 p.m. in the sanctuary, officiated by Pastor Dennis McGuire. In lieu of flowers, those who wish to honor Martin’s memory my make a donation to Arcata First Baptist Church 1700 Union Street, Arcata, CA 95521.


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