Martha N. Heckel
September 23, 1947 - May 31, 2017
SALEM - Marty passed away peacefully In the early hours of May 31, 2017. She was born in Philadelphia, PA on September 23, 1947 to Walter and Helen Fagan. Her father was a Lieutenant Colonel in the Air Force, so she grew up moving to different military bases around the world. While her father was stationed in Hawaii, she graduated from Admiral Arthur W. Radford High School in Honolulu, Hawaii in 1965. She met her husband Allan while he was in the US Air Force, stationed in Hawaii. Allan and Marty were married in 1967 in Salem, where they made their home with their two sons, David and Jason. She worked for the Oregon Employment Department, and retired after 30 years of service.
Back in the year 2000, Marty was one of the first women in the state of Oregon to receive a LVAD left ventricular assist device artificial heart while waiting on the donor list for a heart transplant. She received a heart transplant at Providence Medical Center in Portland in February 2001, and gained 16 years of life. She was an advocate for the Oregon Organ Donor Program, speaking about the gift of Organ donation.
Marty loved many things: working in her extensive garden, camping on the little north fork of the Santiam River, traveling to the Oregon coast, playing cards with friends, cooking, reading and spending time with her two granddaughters.
Marty was preceded in death by her husband Allan, father Walter, mother Helen and brother Brian. Surviving Marty are her two sons David of Vancouver, WA and Jason Michele Heckel of Springfield, OR, brother Scott Leslie Fagan of Los Alamitos, CA, sister Tracy Ken of Las Vegas, NV and granddaughters Alexandria and Daphnie.
Marty was a wonderful friend, a devoted wife and loving mother. She will truly be missed.
A memorial service will be held on June 10th at 1PM at the Virgil T. Golden Funeral Home 605 Commercial St SE in Salem. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Marion/Polk Food Share, where both she and her mother volunteered for many years.