Martin Gismervig
Martin Gismervig
Martin Gismervig
Martin Gismervig

Obituary of Martin Gismervig

Martin “Mart” W. Gismervig, 96, Everett resident and former Tacoma, WA resident passed away peacefully on Friday, January 12, 2018 at Garden Court Retirement Community in Everett.

Born in Tacoma on March 26, 1921 to George Martin Gismervig and Aldo Phena “Minnie” (Kneiling) Gismervig, Mart grew up and worked in Tacoma his entire life. He attended McKinley Elementary, Gault Junior High, and graduated in 1939 from Lincoln High School.

In 1943 he married Ida Marie Archbold who preceded him in death in 1992. Mart and Ida had two children, Janice and Marty.

Mart served in the Navy during World War II. He began his career as a machinist for Dravis Engineering and later became the manager of ship repair at Tacoma Boatbuilding. Upon leaving Tacoma Boatbuilding, he headed ship repair at Todd Shipyards. He retired in 1985.

After retirement Mart and Ida built a second home on Hat Island, located near Everett. They split their time between the island and Tacoma. In 1993, Mart married his current wife, Louella Hammer Gismervig. Mart and Louella lived in Everett and Hat Island, and often spent winters in Arizona.

Mart loved the outdoors. He enjoyed fishing on the Puget Sound as well as on the ocean near Neah Bay and La Push. He also loved to hunt with family and friends. He was an avid duck hunter and there were many successful hunting trips for deer, elk, and moose.  Mart enjoyed visiting the casino and smoking a good cigar.

Mart is survived by his wife, Louella; two children, Jan Schmauder and Marty (Ginger) Gismervig; two grandchildren, Nicole (Devon) Peterson and Carl (Emily) Gismervig; and two great grandsons, Cole and Tate Peterson. Preceding him in death were his parents; his first wife, Ida; a brother, Harold Gismervig; a sister, Frances Rabel; and a granddaughter, Heidi Schmauder.

Mart’s family extends their gratitude to his caregivers and friends at Garden Court in Everett for providing a comfortable, enjoyable living community.  A special thanks goes to Providence Hospice of Everett for the care, devotion, and support they provided for Mart and his family during the last few months.

A graveside ceremony with military honors will be held at 1 PM on Friday, February 23, 2018 at Tacoma Cemetery, 4801 S Tacoma Way, Tacoma, WA.  The complete obituary, photos, and a place to share comments are located online at