Martin T. Decker

November 10th, 1927April 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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