RURAL LAMAR-A memorial service with military honors will be held at 2 p.m. Monday, Nov. 4, at Lamar Church of Christ for Dr. Thomas Wilson Martin, 89, rural Lamar, who died Friday, Oct. 4, 2013, at Barton County Memorial Hospital. Ervin Hill will officiate.
Arrangements are under the direction of Daniel Funeral Home, Lamar.
Condolences may be left at www.danielfuneralhome.net.
Survivors include a son, Thomas W. Martin, Jr., Jerico Springs; two daughters, Dr. Christine Martin, Lamar, and Marilyn Nance, Sheldon; a brother, Gene Martin, Arizona; a sister, Lorene “Sis” York, Harvard, Ill.; six grandchildren, Lewin Nance, Gunner Knight, Michael Knight, Heather Anderson, Shelby Martin and Shayne Martin; four great-grandchildren and a large extended family.
He was preceded in death by two brothers, Bruce Martin and Kent Martin, and a granddaughter, Lorene Nance.
Dr. Martin was born March 12, 1924, at Lamar, to Ralph and Lorene “Sis” (Wills) Martin. He entered in the U.S. Army during World War II and was wounded by shrapnel while serving in Germany and was awarded a Purple Heart. After earning a doctoral degree in veterinary science from Kansas State University in 1962, he owned and operated a veterinary clinic in Quinter, Kan., specializing in large animals and farm medicine. His passion was horses and he continually engineered a genetic breeding program that he had developed in 1954.
In 1972 he accepted a USDA position as veterinarian in charge of three plants in the Greenville, Texas area, where he worked for 25 years, retiring in 1995. Moving back to Barton County in 1996, Dr. Martin enjoyed his horses, was always ready for the challenge of a chess game and finally had time to foster his artistic talent by painting. He was an avid reader, Bible scholar and an active member of Lamar Church of Christ.
He married Helen Mae Janssens in 1957. She died May 6, 2005.