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Joseph D. "Joe" Martin

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Joseph D. "Joe" Martin Obituary
Joseph D. "Joe" Martin, 82, longtime resident of Parsons, Kansas, passed away at 10:15 a.m., Saturday, November 2, 2013 at Freeman Hospital in Joplin, Missouri, after entering the hospital on October 4.

Joe was born outside of Scammon, Kansas on January 30, 1931 to Joseph W. and Helen C. (O'Malley) Martin.  Joe married Mary Jean Saporito on August 27, 1955, at St. Bridget's Catholic Church in Scammon, Kansas. 

He attended Weir Schools and was a 1948 graduate of Weir High School.  He graduated from Labette Community College and Pittsburg State University with multiple degrees in education.  He was also a veteran of the Korean War.

In the fall of 1955, Joe began his educational career at Parsons East Junior High.  He later taught at Parsons High School.  During his time in the classroom, Joe taught physical education and social studies.  During his tenure as a teacher, he coached football, basketball, and track.  From 1966-1971, he was Head Football Coach at Parsons High School.  From 1972-1981, he served as assistant principal and athletic director at Parsons High School.  In the fall of 1981, he was hired as principal at Roosevelt Middle School in Coffeyville, Kansas.  He continued in that position until his retirement in 1993.  Following his retirement, he and Mary Jean returned to Parsons where they have lived since.

He was a member of St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Parsons, a third degree member of the Knights of Columbus, and had volunteered at St. Vincent DePaul Society.  He was also a volunteer for Meals on Wheels and a member of Brown-Bishop Post No. 704, Veterans of Foreign Wars.  In earlier years, he stayed busy officiating basketball and football games.  He enjoyed hunting, fishing, and spending time with his family.   Joe will always be remembered for taking time to make the difference in the lives of innumerable individuals.

Survivors include:
His loving wife of 58 years, Mary Jean, of the home; four sons – Joe L. Martin and wife, Kathy, Frontenac, KS; David Martin and wife, Robie, Parsons, KS; Mark Martin and wife, Sherri, Parsons, KS; Mike Martin and wife, Donna, Girard, KS; eleven grandchildren – Elizabeth, Emily, Kyle, John David, Seth, Maegen, Mikinzi, Kelsey, Drew, Luke, and Anne Marie; four great-grandchildren – Abby, Rylie, Jackson, and Taryn, one brother – Carl E. Martin and wife, Mary Ann, West Mineral, KS; one sister – Helen Marie Wallace and husband, Larry Clay, Center, KS

The funeral Mass will be held at 10:00 a.m., Thursday, November 7, 2013 at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Parsons.  Burial will be in St. Bridget's Cemetery in Scammon, Kansas.  The parish rosary will be prayed at 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, at the Forbes-Hoffman Funeral Home in Parsons where the family will receive friends immediately following the rosary.

Memorials are suggested to the Parsons Educational Foundation for the Joe and Mary Jean Martin Scholarship Fund or St. Patrick's Catholic Church.  These may be left at or mailed to Forbes-Hoffman Funeral Home, P.O. Box 374, Parsons, KS 67357.
Online condolences may be left at www.forbeshoffman.com.
Published in Morning Sun on Nov. 5, 2013
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