Martin Henry Gallues died unexpectedly of heart failure on May 29, 2022, just short of his 70th birthday. Those who knew him and his incredible physical strength, will be surprised by this, especially considering that he survived doing every adventurous thing he had had the opportunity to do. Bungee jumping headfirst off the Victoria Falls Bridge, hang gliding, jumping out of airplanes, driving fast cars and faster motorcycles—he’d done them all. He knew how to live life fully, and he did right up until the moment he died. Marty was born on June 14, 1952, in Victorville, California, while his father was stationed at George Air Force Base. He grew up in Reno and attended local schools including Libby Booth Elementary, Vaughn Middle School, and Wooster High School. He had a number of jobs over the years including construction, car sales, and Black Angus Bouncer, but he made his name as a talented and exacting brick mason. In addition to the many fireplaces and patios he built for family and friends, he worked acidproofing in mines and plants across Nevada, the US, China, Venezuela, Australia, South America, England, South Africa, and the Dominican Republic. Marty was a superior craftsman and a supervisor who had a huge heart but little patience for the inept, the dishonest, or the lazy. Nothing was more important to him than his family and friends. He always made time for the people he cared about. Marty never said, “No.” His generosity of time, love, and resources knew no bounds. Marty took care of everyone he cared about, and he cared for a lot of people. One of the great things about Marty was that not only was he always willing to help, but he could actually do things. He could cook, repair cars, rebuild motorcycles, lift very heavy objects, lay tile or bricks or cement, and make a perfect Picon Punch. If you accidentally drove your car into the side of the garage, Marty could help you repair it, matching the grout so your wife wouldn’t even know it had happened. If he bailed you out of jail for a mistake you had made, he never judged. You could count on Marty to have your back. Marty loved reading and wouldn’t put down a good book until he finished it. He also loved the music of Santana, “Harvest Moon” by Neil Young, all things Rammstein, “Rooster” by Alice in Chains, “Tennessee Whiskey” by Chris Stapleton, and Disturbed’s cover of “The Sound of Silence.” His eclectic tastes extended to movies: he loved old Jerry Lewis films, Young Frankenstein, westerns, rom-coms, films featuring action-adventure-and-senseless-violence, and Marvel movies. He had an amazing sense of style, wore clothes beautifully, and loved to shop…for everyone. Marty was preceded in death by his father, Henry Gallues; and is survived by his wife, Heidi; daughter, Lisa Imdieke (Casey); son, Anthony; mother, Marjorie; sisters, Denise (Bob Scott), Lisa Kinney (Steve), and Felis (Brett Moten); nieces, Samantha Scott and Sophia Kinney; nephew, Daniel Kinney; and longtime companion, Leslie Lima. A well-deserved celebration of his life will be held at 2:00 pm on Friday, June 24 at the Western Heritage Interpretive Center, Bartley Ranch Regional Park, Reno, Nevada. In lieu of flowers, give $20 to a homeless person in need, Marty would have.
Posted online on June 16, 2022
Published in Reno Gazette-Journal
Western Heritage Interpretive Center, Bartley Ranch Regional Park, Reno, Nevada
June 24, 2022 at 2:00 PM
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