He was born Sunday, July 23, 1922, in Kittle, Ark., and was the son of Frank Martin and Susie Smith Martin. He had a bachelor's degree in engineering. He retired after 33 years of service as a civil engineer with the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department. He was a former board member of the White River Housing Authority, was a registered land surveyor, and sold real estate for The Property Shoppe for 10 years. He served his country in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He married Jane Coggins on Nov. 24, 1945, and they were married for 66 years. He enjoyed the outdoors and hunting with his son and grandsons. He liked to raise flowers. His family was very important to him and the holidays centered around them. He had the ability to make every child and grandchild think they were special. He enjoyed laughing. He was a charter member of the Compass Church. He was ordained as a deacon at the age of 26 years in Ash Flat, Arkansas.
Survivors include his wife, Jane Coggins Martin of Batesville; a son Curtis Martin of Batesville; three daughters: Alice Jones of Richardson, Texas, Jo Wright and Betty Gail Jones both of Batesville; eight grandchildren: Ken Jones, Steve Jones, Luke Wright, Dan Wright, Jacob Martin, Jackie Martin, Kelly Parks, and Lacey Moore; ten great-grandchildren; a sister, Pauline Martin of Fresno, California; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers: Alfred Martin, Rupert Martin, and Kenneth Martin; and three sisters: Tressie Tucker, Bessie Martin and Irene Waits.
Pallbearers were Jacob Martin, Luke Wright, Dan Wright, Ken Jones, Steve Jones, Aaron Parks, Bart Turner, and Austin Jones. Honorary pallbearers were his nephews and Dr. Doug Bernard.
Funeral services were held on Feb. 15 at the Roller-Crouch Chapel with Rev. Chad Grigsby officiating.
Burial was at Oaklawn Cemetery under the direction of Roller-Crouch Funeral Home of Batesville.
Visitation was held Feb. 14 at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to WRMC Nursing Scholarship Fund, PO Box 2197, Batesville, AR 72503; First Baptist Church Scholarship Fund, 610 E, Main, Batesville, AR 72501 and Compass Church 1-8 Fund, 4550 Harrison Street, Batesville, AR 72501.