Tara Lynn Martin

December 11, 1977 - August 31, 2023


Obituary For Tara Lynn Martin

Madison - Tara Lynn Martin, 45, passed away Thursday, August 31, 2023, after a difficult battle with a long illness. Tara was born December 11, 1977; she grew up and graduated high school in Dodgeville, WI, and lived many years in the Spring Green & Madison areas.

Our beloved Tara was a great cook, talented musician, caring funeral director and mental health advocate. Tara was an avid fan of archeology, horror books & films, the supernatural and the macabre. She loved camping, trail rides and the outdoors of Wisconsin.

Tara is survived by her son, Avery Sandker, parents Jeff & Lynn Martin, sister Allison Bloom and her children, Miriam & Coco Bloom, Grandmothers Shirley Lewis & Mary Martin, and her extended family & friends.

She is preceded in death by her Grandfathers Ken Lewis & Wayne Martin, and far too many friends.

Tara will be forever in our hearts. May she rest in peace, free from pain.

Donations for funeral expenses and Memorials may be directed to: Lynn Martin P.O. Box 433, Sun Prairie, WI 53590 Or

Family & friends are invited to a picnic in celebration of Tara’s life on Wednesday, September 20, 2023, from 2-5 pm at Governor Nelson State Park 5140 County Highway M, Waunakee WI 53597.

To view and sign this guestbook, please visit:

Ryan Funeral Home & Cremation Services

2418 N Sherman Ave



20 Sep

Celebration of Life

02:00 PM - 05:00 PM

Governor Nelson State Park 5140 County Highway M Waunakee, WI 53597 Get Directions »
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  • September 20, 2023

    Thoughts today, Memories forever. Love, to the entire family

  • September 18, 2023

    Such a tragedy,I hate to hear this 😭.Tara you will be truly missed,you were one of the nicest & realist I've known.heaven sure gained a beautiful angel.may u rest in more pain & sorry family & friends of Tara,im sending you my deepest condolences @ this time!

  • September 18, 2023

    ** Tara's favorite poem for years & years ** The Tall, Upheaving One by Holly Prado the cypress that I pray to: it can fly. nothing is a single species. we're made of bark, then avalanche. Orpheus can make us anything, can make us god's own door. cypress or oak or black: to be accepted there, across the boundary, as when I leave the house this morning, walking—nothing painful in my legs. I tell misunderstanding, "this is our last year together," then, I see, just up the street, that planets are our bodies; their mouths slam through my wrists. I was a child who practiced jumping from the top of anything right into the air. music was a swirl of vines and leaves that left my throat. I'm calling. and I'm waiting. and I'm called to. this black, the pure unknown which finds its way exactly like the song you can't get rid of, the one I start with now and won't give up. the god, obsessed with worship that is memorized, abiding, until the prayer itself moves inside out, converts these world of sliding rock to fragrance. I'm calling and I'm calling and I'm called.

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  • September 15, 2023

    I love you Tara. I thought about you every single day. I don't know what happened but I hope you're at peace now. I promise I won't forget you

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  • September 13, 2023

    There are no words to express the sorrow I feel learning of Tara's passing. My deepest sympathy to her family and friends. She was a bright candle in my life and I am so sorry for your loss. Rest in Peace my sparrow.

  • September 13, 2023

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