REHOBOTH — The Navajo Nation is honoring the life of a New Mexico police officer who died from a medical problem while on duty last month.

Friends, colleagues and tribal officials paid tribute to Sgt. Lamar Martin during a funeral Friday in Rehoboth.

Police officials said Martin had a “medical event” Oct. 9 but didn’t release any other details on the incident.

Martin became a Navajo Police Officer in November 1997 and was a defensive tactics instructor, a general instructor, a field training officer and a member of the strategic reaction team for the department.

A news release from the Navajo Nation said his relatives described Martin as a great family man who loved his wife and children, enjoyed outdoor activities and liked reading books and comic books. His fellow officers recalled him as a mentor and leader who didn’t hesitate to share the expertise he gained in 22 years with the Navajo Police Department.

Martin also was a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps and New Mexico National Guard. He was assigned for active duty in 2004 and 2009.

He’s survived by his wife and five children.

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