Martin T. Decker
November 10th, 1927 — April 13th, 2017
Martin T. "Deck" Decker, 89, longtime resident of Boulder, CO, died
April 13th at his home in Fort Collins. Martin was born on November 10,
1927, in Byron, Thayer County, Nebraska, the third and youngest son of
Dr. Rudolph F. Decker and Theodora Decker (Proehl).
After finishing high school, Martin joined the navy in 1945, graduating
from training in August, just as World War II came to an end. Sometime
during that period he acquired the nickname "Deck." He served in the
naval reserves for twenty years, retiring with the rank of lieutenant.
After leaving active service, Deck attended the University of Nebraska
in Lincoln, where he graduated in 1950 with a degree in electrical
engineering. There he also met his future wife, Hazel Nygren, at
Lutheran Student Association events in town. Deck joined the Central
Radio Propagaton Laboratory of the National Bureau of Standards in 1950,
and moved to Colorado in 1952, where he had a lengthy career in remote
sensing of the atmosphere for the NBS, and later for the National
Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Environmental Research
In 1957, Deck reconnected with Hazel, who was teaching in Brighton, CO
at the time, and they were married on July 6 of that year. The couple
moved to Boulder, where they raised three daughters. Deck is preceded in
death by his wife, parents, two brothers, and one sister. He is survived
by three daughters: Karin Decker (Michelle) of Fort Collins, Colorado;
Jeanette Alderete (Philip) of Albuquerque, New Mexico; and Christine
Decker, of Davis, California. Although challenged by dementia for many
years, he was always a quiet, generous man with a ready smile and an
even temper, who will be greatly missed by those who knew him.
Services will be held Tuesday, April 18, 2017 at 10:30 a.m. at Darrell Howe Mortuary in Lafayette. Interment will follow at Green Mountain Cemetery in Boulder.
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