Marti Oram Johnson 1952 – 2017

Marti Oram Johnson passed away on Wednesday, July 26, in Copper Ridge Health and Rehabilitation Center.

On October 24, 1952, which was also the opening day of pheasant hunting, Marti was born to Ellis and Vera Oram in Blackfoot, Idaho. Her birth was announced on the radio station as the announcer said "Ellis Oram is missing the opening day due to the birth of his daughter."

She was a beautiful little girl with jet black hair. Marti was the fourth of five children. She grew up on Center Street surrounded by friends and cousins. She was always the leader of the pack. In fact, Marti and some friends started publishing a Neighborhood News and even charged subscriptions!

Marti attended school in Blackfoot and graduated from Blackfoot High School. When Marti walked into a classroom, adventure followed her. She said she was not “all that smart” but those who know her best know how wrong she was about that. If there was something to be climbed, Marti climbed it. If there was something to be jumped, Marti jumped it. If there was water to be crossed, Marti crossed it. No matter where she stood, there was something exciting "just over there" and she had to see it.

Marti loved to play softball and was a powerful hitter. She often said “for me to get a homerun, I have to hit the ball into the pasture and the cow has to eat it.” She played on many teams, some of which were coached by her father, with her sister Kay and future sister-in-law Dawnette.

Marti’s best friend as she grew was a horse named Sue. She was gentle as a lamb and they had a wonderful bond. Sue would patiently trod along as Marti loaded all her friends on for a ride. Sue and Marti were a wonderful combination!

Marti and her father Ellis had a love of horses. Marti and her dad spent hours looking for horses to buy. Even after her father was mostly blind, they would drive all over Montana looking at horses. It was always difficult to know who loved horses more and it was impossible to determine who was the majority owner of any given horse.

In her teenage years, Marti supervised playgrounds in the city parks for the City of Blackfoot. Children were drawn to Marti because of her genuine love for them. She had wonderful memories of her time working in the parks.

Marti's life was more full because of her family and many friends. People like Karen Smith, Roxanne James, Lois Bingham, Lanny Cunningham, Jeff and Greg Hoskins, Brad Burrup, Mike Baird, Janie and Roann Rich, and many others. Later, many nieces and nephews would learn to love Aunt Marti.

Marti attended Ricks College, Boise State University and graduated from Idaho State University with a BA in Education, specializing in Special Education. This became her lifelong passion. Marti started her teaching career in Snake River school district and she immediately developed a whole new set of student and parent friends.

After a couple of years of teaching in Snake River, Marti moved to Dillon, where she began her teaching career in Montana. She taught special education and counseled students. She also worked with cheerleaders, girls basketball and the rodeo team.

She was with the rodeo team at Benny Reynolds' arena when she met her best friend and husband Wayne “Tucker” Johnson. They were together for the next 30 years.

Marti finished her teaching career in Butte, where she taught special education. Working with the handicapped was defiantly her calling. She loved them and they loved her. Marti was much more than their teacher; she was a true friend and surrogate parent. She took them on many field trips; teaching them how to behave in restaurants, going fishing in the pond, etc.

She also loved the ranch. Marti said she belonged in Montana and it was obvious to her family she had found her home. She was active in all phases of ranching. Her favorite was spending time with Wayne on Fleecer Mountain, on horseback.

Marti and Wayne sold the ranch in 1999 and bought the Grasshopper Inn in Polaris. They ran it for ten great years. She was cook, dishwasher, bartender, bouncer and janitor. She loved working with her family and all the great neighbors and customers in The Grasshopper Valley.

Marti and Wayne adopted three wonderful children. She was a loving and caring mother. She was stern yet compassionate. The last seven and a half years of Marti's life were a real trial due to a heart attack, stroke and amputation due to Diabetes. She handled it with unbelievable strength and humor. She could always find something to laugh about.

Marti was preceded in death by: her parents, Ellis and Vera Oram; her parents-in-law, Carl and Helen Johnson; and her dear son Christopher.

She is survived by: her husband, Wayne; son Isaac; daughter Tabitha (Ryan) Stufflebean; and granddaughter Martina. She is also survived by her sisters and brothers Lorna Vanhorn, Kay (Dean) Stump, Richard (Sharon) Oram, Kent (Dawnette) Oram, brother•in-law Bill (Dixie) Johnson, Jim Johnson, Rick Johnson, sister-in-law Shirley Johnson, Linda (Dave) King, and Donna (Mark) Bacon—and too many nieces and nephews to mention, but they all loved their Aunt Marti dearly.

The family wishes to extend their sincere thanks to the staff at Copper Ridge, the Compassus Hospice staff, and all of the medical community in Dillon.

Funeral Services will be held on Saturday, August 5, at 11:00 a.m. in the Duggan Dolan Mortuary Chapel in Butte. Memorials are suggested to The Divide Grange Scholarship Fund.