Jeff Martin


Jeff Martin Memorial Garden

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Jeff Martin left a legacy of progress and achievement during his time as Gritman Medical Center CEO and to honor his legacy, the hospital is constructing a memorial garden with wind sculptures.

Wind Garden
Examples of Lyman Whitaker sculptures

Martin was an exceptional person who led his family, hospital and community with a heart dedicated to service. Martin's greatest satisfaction came from helping and developing relationships with others. When thinking of how to honor Martin's legacy, a garden was a natural fit; it will be a space the entire community can view and enjoy, a place to reflect and reminisce, and honor a great man who was taken from our community much too soon.

Martin came to Gritman in 1999 as Chief Financial Officer and became CEO in 2000. During his 11 years at Gritman, he served on many local and statewide boards and was honored with awards as a business leader, hospital administrator and community member. Under Martin's tenure, Gritman significantly increased outpatient services to better help Latah County residents, expanded rural clinics, attained Critical Access Hospital status and completed a 52,000-square-foot expansion. Martin successfully led Gritman through a crucial phase of its evolution from a rural hospital to a modern medical center, earning the admiration of many in Latah County and beyond. He died in a car accident in October 2010.

Jeff Martin Memorial Garden Rendering
Artist's rendering of the Jeff Martin Memorial Garden upon completion.

According to Utah sculptor Lyman Whitaker, his sculptures "offer a comforting release from our fast-paced lives with their calm serenity and playfulness." The wind sculptures at the Jeff Martin Memorial Garden will be 17, 21 and 28 feet when installed.