Willard (Mac) McMartin went home to be with the Lord, in the presence of family, on Saturday, August 17, 2013 after 91 years of life well lived. \n \n Willard Laurence McMartin, son of Thomas and Maybelle (Jones) McMartin was born July 1, 1922 in Saskatchewan, Canada. He grew up in the Menomonie area and graduated from Menomonie high school in 1940. \n \n On March 29, 1951, he married Eileen (Singerhouse) McMartin. They resided on the grounds of the Dunn County Hospital where Mac was employed. There they raised their children John, Peggy and Arden. \n \n Mac began his 42 year career with Dunn County as a farm hand at age 19 at what was then the Dunn County Asylum farm. Shortly thereafter he became herdsman where he went on to establish a foundation herd that provided breeding stock for dairy herds both locally and nationally. He was active in the Holstein Association and developed a competitive but friendly association with other member breeders at local and state shows. He also provided many well pedigreed Holsteins for 4-H show animals. His ultimate herdsman accomplishment cumulated in the breeding of an All-American Champion Female Holstein. After fire destroyed the County barn in 1970 the herd was dispersed. Mac transferred to a maintenance position within the Dunn County Health Care Center. He later retired as Plant Operations Director in 1984. \n \n Willard was an active member of Peace Lutheran Church in Menomonie. He was also involved in community through the Masons; serving as Master Mason of Lodge 164 Menomonie in 1959. \n \n Mac was devoted to family. He was "the rock", especially to anyone that happened to be struggling. He always had an open ear and big shoulders. He told it like it was but always with love. \n \n Mac and Eileen enjoyed many a summer day camping and fishing up north in Gordon, Wisconsin with their children and later their grandchildren. Mac was always patient while teaching them to cast or when retrieving wayward fishing lines out of tree branches or the occasional dropped fishing pole in the lake. The fish Mac cleaned for Eileen's waiting fry pan on the picnic table must have numbered in the thousands over the years. \n \n During later years Mac and Eileen became "snow birds" spending 17 winters in Florida, returning every spring to head north camping and fishing once again. \n \n After the passing of his wife in 2006 Mac moved into Autumn Village Assisted Living because, as he said, "No man my age should be trying to bachelor it alone!" \n \n Willard was preceded in death by his wife Eileen; son-in-law, Dan Zimmerman; Brother, Lloyd McMartin; and Sister, Audrey (William) Fisher. \n \n He is survived by son, John (Shawn) McMartin; daughter, Peggy (Dan) Zimmerman; son, Arden McMartin; grandchildren: Shayn (Sherri) McMartin; Danette (Jerrod) Faber; Lori (Brandon) Booth; Jacob (Jessica) Zimmerman; Joshua Zimmerman; Patrick and Meghan McMartin. Also survived by great-grandchildren, Conner (Faber) Rose; Tracee and Shaylin McMartin; Jackson and Ashlynn Booth. \n \n Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, August 21, 2013 at Peace Lutheran Church in Menomonie with Pastor Dave Whelan officiating. Burial will take place in the church cemetery. Visitation will be from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. Tuesday at Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie, with a Masonic Service at 7:00 p.m. There will also be visitation one hour prior to the service at the church on Wednesday.