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Navajo officer remembered as family man, devoted colleague

November 8, 2019 GMT

REHOBOTH, N.M. (AP) — The Navajo Nation is honoring the life of a police officer who died from a medical problem while on duty.

Friends, colleagues and tribal officials paid tribute to Sgt. Lamar Martin during a funeral on Friday in Rehoboth, New Mexico.

A press release from the Navajo Nation says his relatives described Martin as a great family man who loved his wife and children, enjoyed outdoor activities and liked reading books and comic books. His fellow officers recalled him as a mentor and leader who didn’t hesitate to share the expertise he gained in 22 years with the Navajo Police Department.

Martin was a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps and New Mexico National Guard. He’s survived by his wife and five children.