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 Laboratories. 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, 1701 W. South Boulder Rd., Lafayette, CO 80026. Interment will follow at Green Mountain Cemetery in Boulder. Online condolences may be left at www.darrellhowemortuary.com.
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