The Town of Orchard City has bid a fond farewell to one of its most unique and concerned citizens with the death of Charles Marty.
Mr. Marty was a fixture at Orchard City trustee meetings, planning commission meetings and meetings of various ditch companies and the Orchard City Irrigation District.
Not only was he nearly a 100 percent attendee, Mr. Marty spoke his mind on many issues and did so with a clever twist of humor.
He was such a fixture that during my six years on the planning commission and four years as mayor when Mr. Marty did not show up we would immediately send someone to check on him. In a couple of cases it was well we did as Mr. Marty had an accident or some incident that prevented his being present.
His stinging criticism of the actions or lack thereof by these various community boards was always delivered with a unique humorous story that set the stage for his latest cause of the moment. Mr. Marty was unfortunately looked upon by some as a nutty old buffoon who dressed rather strangely and was a babbling annoyance. His dress of hunter fluorescent orange from head to foot, he explained to me, was so that people would see him and not run him over, plus he said someone would be sure to see him if he was laying dead out in his field.
The truth is Mr. Marty was intelligent, well read, articulate and a great storyteller that always led to issues that were in the communities' interest. All of us who got to know Mr. Marty are better for that opportunity and he will be sorely missed by us and future generations. America needs more concerned and involved citizens like Charles Marty. RIP.