Bill Martin


Bill Martin

Bill Martin

Billy Dean Martin was born the son of Lewis Jefferson Martin and Neva Ida Clark Martin on March 4, 1941, in Thayer, Missouri, and departed this life on April 2, 2018, at Shady Oaks Healthcare in Thayer, Missouri, at the age of 77 years.

He was united in marriage on January 6, 1963, at Thayer, Missouri, to Ellen Orman.

He is survived by his wife, Ellen Martin of the home in Thayer, Missouri; two sons, Mark Ryan Martin and wife, Monica of Thayer, Missouri and Scott Eric Martin and wife, Allison of Nashville, Tennessee; five grandchildren, Grant Martin, Nicklaus Martin, Gabriel Martin, Jack Martin, and Megan Martin; two brothers, Jerry Martin and wife, Jill of Springfield, Missouri and James Martin and wife, Sharon of Thayer, Missouri; numerous nieces and nephews; and a host of friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Lewis and Neva Martin; and two brothers, Joe Darrell Martin and Robert Lewis Martin.

He was a graduate of Thayer High School, graduating with the class of 1959. He also attended DeVry Institute, where he received a degree in Electronics. Bill put his electronics training to use as an engineer at KALM in Thayer.

He was a veteran, proudly serving his country in the United States Navy as a member of the Navy Hurricane Hunters.

Bill loved to fly and got his pilot’s license at the age of 48 and enjoyed flying across the United States.

He enjoyed hunting (especially coyote), skeet shooting, fishing, reading, radio frequency transmitafication, and “spinning a yarn.”

He was the third generation to live on and operate the Martin farm, expanding the operation and herd size.

Bill was a member of St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, where he attended as long as health permitted. He also was a member of the Masonic Lodge.

Bill was a wonderful husband, great dad, the best grandpa (Poppy), and a friend to all. He will be greatly missed by his family, his friends, and the community in which he lived.

Funeral Services will be held Thursday, April 5th, 2018, at 2:00 PM at the Carter Funeral Home Chapel in Thayer with Brother Jared Russell officiating.

Visitation will be held Thursday, April 5th, from 1:00 PM until service time at 2:00 in the Carter Funeral Home Chapel at Thayer.

Interment will be in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery near Thayer, Missouri with services under the direction of Carter Funeral Home, Inc. in Thayer.

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9 Responses to Bill Martin

  1. Darrell Strain says:

    Sorry to hear of Bill’s passing. Esther and I send our prayers and sympathy to the family.

  2. Calvin n Sylvia Green says:

    Much love to you Ellen , we had some wonderful times with you and Bill . We are heart broken to hear of Bill’s death , but thankful his suffering is over . We rejoice we will see him again ..

  3. Wayne B. Wight says:

    Thought the world of Bill didn’t know he was having all them problems. He was truly one of the good guys. Fly high Bill.

  4. Neal Nicholson says:

    So sorry to hear of Bill’s passing, I remember Bill very well he use to come to the parts store, (Mammoth Spring Auto Parts), and would have all of us laughing, a lot of the times he would be running with his brother James, he was always in a jolly happy mood, I was un aware that Bill was in Shady Oaks,

  5. Ennis R. Eaton says:

    On behalf of all the membership of The World Famous Navy Hurricane Hunters (VW-4)
    Our Deepest Sympathies and Condolences. You were a credit to the organization and will be missed. Ennis R. Eaton President

  6. Teresa Romans says:

    Mark, Monica and boys……so very sorry for the loss of your Dad. Hugs for you all.

  7. Beverly Thomas says:

    Ellen our family is so sorry for your loss. We are praying for comfort and peace to be with you during this difficult time.

  8. Lorene Armstrong says:

    James 7 Sharon, sorry to hear about bill’s death. My sincere sympathy to all the family.

  9. Eric Broussard says:

    I will truly miss this man. He was my adopted Missouri Grandfather. For the last 15 years we have told many stories on his back porch. He left a lasting impression on everyone he met.

    I will cherish these memories for a lifetime.