Kairos-Milwaukie United Church of Christ

Christopher MartinChristopher Martin, a member of Kairos-Milwaukie UCC for over 30 years, died Wednesday, December 2, 2020, at Providence Portland Medical Center after a brief episode of pneumonia and Covid 19. Chris had just celebrated his 67th birthday on September 26th, a remarkable life-span for someone with Down Syndrome. He was faithful in attendance and leading the opening and closing of each Sunday’s service—lighting and extinguishing the candles, giving a wrap to the big drum, before ceremonially walking down the aisle. Christopher was the son of Bob and Roberta Martin, and brother to Craig, Laura, and Doug. He lived in Rainbow Adult Living Timmel House and worked in a sheltered work for many years until his retirement.

Staff at Timmel House report that they and his friends there are missing him very much. Chris made sure the congregation got to know some of his helping staff at Rainbow, i.e. Cheryl and Peter especially. Many members of the congregation happily took on the role of assisting Chris in his tasks in the last few years. He belonged “with” us. On the Sunday after Chris’ passing, Ian Timmons closed the service singing “Little Drummer Boy” in Chris’ honor. The outpouring of memories has been endearing, i.e. “We will all miss Chris!! He brought so much to our worship experience…from his serious dignity to his delightful side trips as he made his exit. It is hard to imagine church without Chris!” “He enriched all our lives, living fully with zest!”

Chris Martin Memories Video


Oregonian/OregonLive Article by Andrew Theen