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Fulkerson - Stevenson Funeral Home
Springan - Stevenson Funeral Home
It's all about saying goodbye.
Martin "Bud" Andrew Lake
February 7, 1937 - November 21, 2021

Place of Birth: Coffey County, KS
Residence: Lambert, MT
Age: 84

Martin (Bud) Andrew Lake passed away early in the morning of November 21st, 2021. Martin was born in Coffey County, Kansas to Martin and Myrtle Lake on February 7th, 1937. He was the fourth child of six and the oldest boy. The Lake Family moved to Montana and settled in the Lambert area.
Martin grew up on the family farm and went to Lambert schools. He graduated valedictorian of his class in 1955. He enjoyed playing basketball and often reminded everyone that his name was on the first trophy in the Lambert trophy case. He went to Concordia College for one year in pre-med before deciding to join the Air Force. He became a radio repair specialist and told many stories of his time when he was stationed in Benghazi, Libya. Upon getting out of the military he became a government contractor and lived in Sacramento California. There he met a physical education teacher named Marilyn DeBoer. Bud’s Uncle John Monger decided to retire and offered Bud his farm near Lambert, Montana. Bud asked Marilyn to accompany him to Montana. As they started their journey, they stopped for the night in Reno, Nevada and decided to get married. Unbeknownst to the young couple, NBC News was filming a special on weddings. Marilyn and Martin’s wedding on July 21, 1962 would be televised nationally.
Bud and Marilyn settled into farming and raising a family near Lambert. Fredric, Steven, Ira and then later, Jeremy grew up playing basketball to avoid doing dishes after supper. Bud farmed and drove school bus. In 1972, Bud and Marilyn took over the management of Lake’s Café in nearby Sidney, changing the name to M&M Café. They opened their home and welcomed two Spanish exchange students into the family; Inaki Idoate and Eduardo Serrat. Bud enjoyed watching all his sons playing basketball and football. Bud and Marilyn operated both the farm and restaurant until they decided to sell the farm in 1992. Bud became a great cook and was very picky about his gravy. They continued to operate the restaurant until they sold the site and retired in 2012.
He enjoyed hunting with family and friends. He served on the Farmer’s Union Board in Lambert and the Sidney Hospital Board.
Martin A. Lake was preceded in death by his parents, Martin and Myrtle Lake; his brother, George and his sisters; Charlotte Larson and Myrtle Marie Mullen and his loving wife of 58 years, Marilyn K. Lake who passed away ten months earlier.
Martin is survived by his four sons, Fredric (Victor), Steven, Ira (Amy) and Jeremy; his grandchildren, Martin Vaunder, Weston, Samantha, Seth, Parker, Cooper, Mackenzie, and Alexis Johnson; his sisters, Elmyra Schoenheit, Williston, ND and Martha June Ruffatto Trinity, San Antonia, TX.
It was Martin’s wishes to be cremated. The family is planning a memorial service to be held at a later date.

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Al Thiessen (Lambert, Mt)
Nov 25, 2021
A lot of fond memories as Lakes were our neighbors south of town. Any time we needed help between home and Lambert, Lakes were the rescue stop. Also enjoyed Bud’s term as a school bus driver, and watching his kids in sports.. Later their cafe was the usual stop when we were in Sidney. God Bless
Doreen Vaira-Herbert (Glasgow, MT)
Nov 25, 2021
Fred, Steve, Ira, Jeremy & families, I am sorry about your loss. It is hard to lose a parent no matter what age we are. Your Dad was our bus driver for years and a good one at that! My parents would gift him a pair of gloves at Christmas time and I wonder how many of those he collected over the years... Thoughts and prayers to you all
Dion and Diane Ligon (POULSBO, Washington)
Nov 25, 2021
Fred, Steve, Ira, Jeremy and all your families,
We are so sorry to read about your Dad. He and your Mom were always such great supporters of the school and education when I was teaching in Lambert. We have wonderful memories. May your memories be cherished. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you.
Lisa Holst (Baldwin, ND)
Nov 26, 2021
My deepest condolences to the family and many friends of Martin and Marilyn. It has been many years since I lived in Sidney but remember the M&M cafe well, they both worked hard and had a very good business, always had good food and was the place to eat. God Bless his family and memory. Sincerely, Lisa Holst
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