Vail Daily obituary: Marty Dostal |

Vail Daily obituary: Marty Dostal

Special to the Dailyobituaries@vaildaily.comVail, CO Colorado

Beloved longtime local and friend to all, James Martin “Marty” Dostal passed away on Feb. 14, days short of his 65th birthday.The Dostal family traveled extensively including living in Japan, before settling in Security. Marty attended Widefield High School until 1965, when he joined the U.S. Army. Marty was a decorated veteran who served as a combat medic in the Republic of Vietnam with the Long Range Reconnaissance Patrol, 1st Brigade, 101st Airborne Division, from June 1967 until February 1968. Prior to serving with the Long Range Reconnaissance Patrol, Marty worked as a Medivac (dust-off) helicopter medic, where casualties from the battlefield were flown into for emergency treatment. Marty later served in other postings in the U.S. and Europe for a total of 10 years service in the U.S. Army, achieving the rank of staff sergeant.Upon his return from Vietnam, he lived in Colorado Springs, where he married Nova Musgrove. Marty, Nova and son Josh eventually moved to the Vail Valley, where Marty worked for many years with B&B before branching off as a self-employed general contractor until his death. He worked on many projects throughout the Vail Valley.He is Survived by son Josh Martin Dostal and grandson Jay Martin Dostal, of Gypsum; mother Shirley L. Dostal and sisters Kayleen Dostal Holleran and Rolene Dostal Young, of Colorado Springs. Marty was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Nova Irene Dostal, grandson Alex Dostal and father Roland Dostal.Marty was proud of his service for his country and kept in touch with many Vietnam vets all around the country and attended veteran reunions whenever possible. Motorcycle riding was one of Marty’s favorite pastimes, and passion. He did some lengthy rides across the country in the last several years, as well as riding all over Colorado. He also enjoyed gardening and watching his grandson Jay play football for the Eagle Valley Devils.Marty was a wonderful friend to all that knew him. Many people loved and leaned on Marty, because you could always count on him as a rock solid friend. He was a very cheerful guy, with a big smile and laugh, and lots of stories. Marty was lots fun to be with, and Marty will be greatly missed, and in the hearts of all who loved him forever. “And there you have it.” (Marty’s classic signature line; ending to all of his many stories.) A celebration of life gathering will be held on Sunday at the Main Street Grill in Edwards at 3 p.m. A formal full military honors ceremony is being planned for a future date, which will be published as soon as it is determined. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations to the Marty Dostal/Jay Dostal college fund be sent to any First Bank. His Widefield High School class of ’66 website is inviting the submission of Marty stories for publication. The site address is

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