VANCOUVER - Martin George Hermens, 52, died May 27, 2006, in Vancouver. He was born March 5, 1954, in McMinnville, Ore. He had lived more than 40 years in Vancouver, was a 1972 Battle Ground High School graduate, a U.S. Army Veteran and worked as an Air Traffic Controller in Oregon and Colorado. He loved his Corvette, NASCAR, camping, boating, his pets and especially his family and friends. He fought Lou Gehrig's disease for 8-1/2 years.

He is survived by his wife, Shawn, at home; daughters, Virginia (Hermens) Ray of Shelton and Amanda Hermens of Vancouver; and son, Martin Jacob Hermens of Vancouver; father, Louis D. Hermens of Tucson, Ariz.; brothers, Louis, Jr. of Long Beach, Rick of Dryridge, Ky., Don of Tucson, Ariz.; and sister, Frankie Hanson of Centralia; and by four grandchildren. His mother, Mavis Hermens, preceded him in death.

A celebration of life will be Friday, June 2 at 3 p.m. at the home of Marty and Shawn Hermens. Private entombment will be in Evergreen Memorial Gardens Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, send donations to the ALS Foundation.

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