SANFORD — Arthur J. Martel, 76, a lifelong resident of Sanford, passed away on Sunday March 17, 2019, in Sanford.

He was born in Sanford on August 24, 1942, the son of Conrad and Mathilda (Plante) Martel. He attended St. Ignatius School.
He served in the U.S. Army from 1964 to 1966.

After his discharge he worked for Genest Concrete retiring after 30 years of service. He then worked for Jeff Simpson Inc for over 22 years until his health prevented him from working any longer.

He loved going for long rides from the ocean to the mountains and loved spending time with family and friends. He enjoyed shooting pool and playing cribbage, He also loved to hunt and enjoyed many trips hunting in Allen and Zoar Valley, New York. He was a member of the Elk’s Lodge, the American Legion and the Springvale Social Club, Lafayette Club and the Wolves Club.

He is preceded in death by: his parents, Conrad and Mathilda Martel; and his wife of 38 years, Sally Martel.

He is survived by: his daughters, Brenda Hanson and her husband, Don of Sanford, Terry Kaiahua and her husband, Patrick of Aiea, Hawaii;, brother, Raymond Martel and his wife, Edwina of Springvale; his sister, Claire Polcaro and her husband Frank of Titusville, Florida; grandchildren, Crystal Palmer and her wife, Hillary Gibson of Monterey, California; Evan Palmer and his wife, Shana of Sanford, Donald Hanson III and his girlfriend, Kaitlin McGinley of Sanford, Keisha Sanchez and her husband Chaise of Everett, Washington, Brandi Kaiahua and her boyfriend Treigh of Aiea, Hawaii, and Kylie Kaiahua of Aiea, Hawaii; great-grandchildren, Allison of Sanford, Maddex of Everett, Washington, Leoh of Aiea, Hawaii; Arthur’s girlfriend, Donna Dinsmoor of Springvale, Maine; and many nieces and nephews.

Visiting hours will be on Thursday April 25 from 5to 7 p.m. at the Lafrance-Lambert & Black Funeral Home, 29 Winter St. Sanford.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday April 26 at 10 a.m. at St. Therese of Lisieux Parish, Holy Family Church. Burial with military honors will follow at the Southern Maine Veterans Memorial Cemetery.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Lafrance-Lambert & Black Funeral Home, 29 Winter St., Sanford.

Condolences may be expressed at www.blackfuneralhomes.com