Martin, Cecil Allen Cecil Allen Martin went Home to be with the Lord on January 15, 2014. "Al" or the "Chief" was surrounded by his wife of 57 years, Beverly, and their four children: Debbie Holcomb, Sherrie Martin, Daniel Martin, and Michial Martin. His legacy will live on in his children, his nine grandchildren (David Lee, Kourtney, Kevin, Sara, Jonathan, Matthew, Jacob, Jennifer and Elizabeth) and four great-grandchildren (Cody, Lydia, Reese and Reagan). Al was a proud Army veteran and spent some of his service in Germany. He continued his life of service as a fireman from 1960 to 1993. His distinguished career included Odessa, Carrollton and Flower Mound where he retired as the Fire Chief. He was also instrumental in helping to start the bus ministry at First Baptist Church Carrollton in the late 70's. The ministry is still thriving to this day. Al was a very proud Texican and he instilled that love and pride for the Lone Star state in his family. Al stood 6 feet 4 inches tall and was larger than life. His laughter was contagious as he told his many stories. The family celebrates knowing that he is walking with Jesus in Heaven! The family is planning on holding a memorial service in his beloved West Texas later in the year. If you choose to make a donation in Al's honor, please donate to The
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Published in Dallas Morning News on Jan. 19, 2014