Martin Verhoeven

Long time Chino dairyman Martin Verhoeven passed away peacefully in his home with his loving wife at his side on Sunday, February 3, 2019.   Martin was born on October 20, 1924 in Visalia, California.   He was the third of the four children born to William and Tannetje Verhoeven.  The family moved from the Hanford/Visalia area to Southern California in 1928.  They eventually settled in Bellflower in 1936 where he attended Bellflower Christian School.  At an early age, a sweet young girl named Leona Roelofsen caught his eye and his heart.  Martin and Leona were married on November 2, 1945 and enjoyed over 73 years of marriage.  

Martin dairied in Bellflower with his father and his brother John until Martin and John moved to Chino in 1955 with their families to start a new dairy together.  In 1964, Martin and Leona built their own dairy which they operated until Martin was a couple of months short of his 90th birthday. They remained living in the house on the dairy until May of 2018. 

Martin and Leona were charter members of the Chino Christian Reformed Church (later became 1st Chino United Reformed Church) where he served many terms as an elder. In 2018, they moved to Visalia, California where they enjoyed living in the Sierra Village community and were members of the Trinity United Reformed Church. 

Martin is survived by his loving wife Leona; his five children, Carolyn te Velde of Bakersfield, Wesley Verhoeven of McFarland, Ronald and Beverly Verhoeven of Corcoran, Darlene and Geoffrey VandenHeuvel of Tulare, and Lori and John Van Hofwegen of Exeter; and his sister Henrietta Vander Schaaf of Ripon.   Martin and Leona were blessed with 17 grandchildren and 34 great-grandchilden.  He was preceded in death by his parents, brother John Verhoeven, sister Nellie Vander Pol, son-in-law Ralph te Velde, and grandson Michael te Velde.  

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions be made to Providence Christian College, 464 E. Walnut St., Pasadena, CA 91101.

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