Martin Thayer

Martin (Marty) Bruce Thayer, 56, of Naperville, Illinois passed away on Thursday, December 22, 2015 in a fatal motor vehicle accident. Born in Sacramento, California, to Bruce and Carol Thayer, he spent his post college years in both Ontario, Canada and Illinois.

After graduating from Wheaton College, Marty married Carolyn Derrenbacher and they recently celebrated their 33rd wedding anniversary. Marty was very proud of all four of his children and son-in-law. He faithfully supported them through all their pursuits.

Marty’s sincere love for Jesus Christ and his family was consistently manifest through his care and love. He enjoyed spending time with the family in the North Woods of Wisconsin and appreciated being able to use his spare time for fishing and woodworking.

Marty is survived by his wife Carolyn; his eldest daughter Laura Evans, son-in-law Jeff Evans, and grandson Josiah Evans of Xenia, Ohio; his son Evan Thayer of Indianapolis, Indiana; his son Forrest and his daughter Anna of Naperville; his mother Carol Nielsen and her husband of Silverton, Oregon; and his sister Suzanne Luiken and family of Anchorage, Alaska.

Marty’s life and legacy will be honored at a memorial service at Harvest New Beginnings Church 5315 Douglas Rd. in Oswego, Illinois on Sunday, February 21st, 2016 at 2:00 PM. In lieu of flowers, gifts in support of the Thayer family may be made to: Martin Thayer Family Memorial Fund. The family can be reached at: The Martin Thayer

“As for me, I will see Your face in righteousness; I shall be satisfied when I awake in Your likeness.” – Psalm 17:15

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  1. I am so sorry to hear of your loss of your husband and father.
    He always had so many wonderful things to say about each of you, his love and pride of his family.
    My thoughts and prayers are with you all.
    DeAnna Dunn

  2. Deeply saddened to hear of Martin’s passing. So many good memories of working with Martin during our years at ServiceMaster. He was a strong and committed leader.
    May God bless and keep you all.


    Gary Hearing

  3. So sorry to hear about Martin. He was great to have as a teammate and was such a devoted husband and father.

  4. After not seeing Marty for nearly 20 years, we ran into each other at the library in Eagle River, WI. We had a great time catching up. He seemed very happy and content. He will be missed.

  5. I’m shocked and saddened to hear of Martin’s passing. We logged many hours on the road together and many more more in meaningful conversation. Martin deeply loved his family and had a passion for pursuing God. Our prayers will be with you, Carolyn and the kids. I thank God for Martin Thayer.

  6. I am very sorry to hear that Martin passed away. He and I had offices next to each other, and we spoke often to each other about work, religion, and other topics. He was an excellent person to work with. He will be missed. My thoughts and prayers are with his family.

  7. I am so very sorry to learn of the passing of Martin. I had the very great privilege of working with Martin at the ServiceMaster Company. I know that the love and values of Martin will live on for all to see through his family.
    My sincere sympathies to Carolyn and his children.

  8. Dear Carolyn,
    We were so sorry to hear about the passing of Marty! You have a beautiful family & a Grandson that will be precious to do things with. It would be wonderful to see him. It’s been awhile since we have seen you–it would be
    nice to see YOU.

    Love, Uncle Bob, Aunt Delphine & Leslie

  9. I am so sorry to learn about the passing of Marty. I met Marty at Loyola University Hospital where I work and Marty was making sales calls. Form the first time I met him I could tell he was a great person. He was so friendly and nice to talk to that it felt like I knew him forever. I wish I could have got to know him better. My thoughts and prayers are with your family.

    Sam Ottum

  10. I was wondering how Marty was doing and found his obituary….I am so sorry for you and your family.

  11. I will see Martin again in the Kingdom,
    Martin did not know it but he played a big part in my decision for Christ. We were High school friends and his 200% commitment to everything he did and his relationship with Jesus Christ inspired me to also make a full commitment to Christ in my own life.
    I have since gone on to become a Christian Therapist and Pastor. Martin and I will see each other again and I thank God for him.

  12. I’m sorry for your loss. Bruce and Carol were great friends through years long past. I knew Marty when he was growing up,

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