Tallahassee, FL - Fred Martin was called home by God on September 27, 2012 after an extended illness. Born and raised in Anniston, Fred was well known and highly regarded in Florida's capitol for helping shape public policy for more than four decades. He was known for mentoring and inspiring young people in business and politics. He graduated from Florida State University in Business in 1964 and later from University of Florida's School of Banking. Fred's distinguished career spanned nearly 50 years and included service as bureau chief at the Florida Department of Insurance, Staff Director of the Senate Commerce Committee, and as a vice president of Barnett Banks. Later, he established his own governmental relations firm, Fred A. Martin & Associates. He was a founding member of Killearn United Methodist Church in Tallahassee and a Sunday School Teacher. Friends and colleagues remember Fred as a man of great virtue, honest, dependable, loyal, caring, charitable, patriotic, compassionate, funny, thrifty, and a man who loved to fellowship over a good meal. He is survived by his wife, Marietta Martin; a daughter, Claudia Martin Rucker; a sister, Marie Martin Hughes and her husband, Joe; a brother, Sam Martin; a niece, Anita Hughes Collier; and a great-nephew, Martin Collier. He is preceded in death by his parents, Fred B. and Daisy Estes Martin and a nephew, Jonathan Hughes. A celebration of Fred's life will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, November 3, 2012, at Carpenter United Methodist Church, 104 East F Street, Anniston. All friends and family are encouraged to attend.
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Published in The Anniston Star on Nov. 1, 2012