In Memory

Gary Martin

A funeral service for Gary Lee Martin, 67, of Florida, formerly of Newark, will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at Southgate Church of Christ, 1075 South 30th St. Heath, with Pastor David Myers officiating. Interment will follow at Wilson Cemetery, where military honors will be conducted by the Licking County Veterans Alliance. The family will receive friends from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday at Brucker and Kishler Funeral Home, 985 North 21st Street, Newark.

Gary retired from Frito Lay. He served in the U.S. Army with a tour of duty in the Vietnam. Gary loved to travel and loved spending time at the beach. 

Gary passed away September 30, 2015, at his residence in Florida. He was born October 13, 1947, in Fairmont, WV, to the late William and Jessie Martin. 

Gary is survived by his companion, Sharon Thompson of FL; daughter, Cindy Martin of Newark; sister, Donna Martin of Newark; brother-in law and sister-in-law, Harold and Evelyn Hatfield and family; nieces and nephew, and several close friends.

Special thanks to the Tidewell Hospice caregivers for their excellent care. 

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Betty (Richardson) Martin; brother, Bill Martin and sister, Midge Hollon. 

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to ALS, or Hospice of your choice. 

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11/23/15 10:58 AM #1    

Jim Reed

To Gary's Family----I have often thought of Gary through the years. He was a basketball teammate

at Wilson Jr. High. A great guy and a friend who I remember as being a really good guy. I had not

seen him since he returned from VietNam...RIP...Jim Reed

11/24/15 10:34 AM #2    

Stephen Foxx

Rest in Peace Gary and may God Bless you. Gary was an outstanding athlete and a good friend. Prayers to the entire Martin family. Steve Foixx 

11/24/15 02:51 PM #3    

William "Greg" Adkins

So sorry to hear that Gary passed away. We were friends and played basketball together for Wilson. Last time I saw Gary was in Vietnam in 1968  when I got to my permanent base camp in Dau Tieng. He was there and Funny, I still had 11 1/2 months to go till home and he only had several weeks left to go home. We never caught up after that.

My thoughts and prayers go out to his family, and rest in peace Gary.

Greg Adkins

11/25/15 08:21 AM #4    

Charlie Claggett

Always enjoyed being with Gary at Wilson and NHS. We shared a fun, albeit mischievous friendship. Vividly remember the classic 9th grade basketball game at Roosevelt when Gary and Phil Allen were opposing guards. Now they're both gone way to young. Rarely saw Gary after graduation, but would often ask his sister Donna at the Natoma how Gary was doing. RIP my friend. (Gary far left next to Jim Reed)

02/16/16 09:54 AM #5    

Cheryl Jones (Mattheus)

Gary and I reconnected after his wife's death.   Gary and his wife had been neighbors to my mother for many years but never had the opportunity to connect with him.  Gary was a kind and gracious man.  He connected with my Mother taking her to appointments, going to the store and even bringing her meals.  There are no words to express how thankful my family was for Gary's thoughtfulness and kindness to our Mother.  Gary and I talked almost every week and because I lived in Florida, Gary's dream, he would visit when he traveled to Florida.

Gary was taken far too soon.  He only got to live in his dream home in his dream state for a short time.  I miss talking to him and hearing him say, " Well hello there."

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