In Vale, he’s the GUITAR MAN

By Pat Caldwell
Malheur Enterprise

VALE – In a modest home just behind the Malheur County Courthouse, music rules supreme.

There, Tracy Martindale and his wife Mary not only make music but also share their talent and love of the art with young people.

“I just love music,” Tracy said.

Music attracted Martindale as a youngster, and he translated that love into playing in a band. He worked in the construction industry while also playing in his band on the road, until chronic peritonitis sidelined both careers more than 10 years ago.

After surgery to remove his gall bladder, Martindale searched for a way to continue his dream.

He said he found the right outlet: offering guitar lessons.

“It gives me something to do and takes my mind off the pain,” he said.

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