Much of Menno’s 3-decade-long teaching career was spent at Swift Current Comprehensive High School, where he taught English and history, and later served as academic director. Former students have fond memories of his compelling lectures and innovative teaching that brought his passion for history to life. Former co-workers cherish his collegial spirit that made him a popular leader, administrator, and friend. Menno taught Sunday school at Bridgeway Community Church for 30 years. He also volunteered as Bridgeway’s choir director, moderator, and building and groundskeeper. Menno served the Saskatchewan MB conference board of faith and life (BFL) and constitution committee, and as Concord College rep; and the Canadian MB conference as secretary to the executive board (1987–1990) and the BFL. He took great interest in MB church history. He and Annabelle published his parents’ life story Footprints of Jacob and Susie Martens (1998) and a biography of MB missionary C.N. Hiebert, along with 6 other books, many chronicling their life together. Menno’s interests included hobby farming, riding motorcycles, flying small planes, golfing, caring for the environment, and playing pool. Menno battled cancer for 9 months.
Karla is a writer for Mennonite World Conference who lives in Winnipeg.