Martlew Q. Gillett passed away Friday, April 25, 2014 at Highland Lakes Center in Lakeland, due to complications from a stroke.
He was born on July 28, 1934, in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Marty and his wife moved to Bartow in 1962 after graduation from the University of Utah with a degree in Geological Engineering and was employed by W. R. Grace in the mining operations. He was a registered engineer in the state of Florida. At Grace, he held various engineering and management positions and retired in 1991 after 29 years.
He also served four years in the U.S. Air Force and received his commission and navigator wings in 1956. He was a member of AIME (American Institute of Mining Engineers). He was a former active member of the Lakeland Rifle and Pistol Club.
He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Lucia of Bartow; daughter, Karen G. Boswell (Lex) of Bartow; and daughter, Marcia A. Gillett of Windermere, Fla.
He was a wonderful and loving husband and father, always making time and being there for his family.
Graveside service is 11 a.m., Wednesday, April 30 at Wildwood Cemetery. The Rev. Roy Lowe of First United Methodist Church of Bartow will officiate.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the Children’s Cancer Center, 4901 W. Cypress St., Tampa, FL 33607, www.childrens cancercenter.org or First United Methodist Church of Bartow, 310 S. Broadway Ave., Bartow.
Condolences to the family at http://www.whiddenmcleanfuneralhome.com.
Whidden-McLean Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.