Robert Craig Martin
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August 12, 1938
June 1, 2014
On August 12, 1938, Robert Craig Martin was born in Louisville, Kentucky to Dorothy Agnes Montgomery and Thomas Bruner Martin, Jr. He hit the streets at the age of 10 to contribute financially to his family. His older brother is Thomas and his younger brother is David. He was particularly close to his grandmother, Anna O"Rourke. He attended Our Mother of Sorrows Catholic School and credited the nuns with knocking some sense into him and keeping him out of trouble. Golf became his passion and escape from his challenging home life. He worked as a caddy from ages 12-17 for tips at Audubon Country Club, which he called his backyard. On Mondays, which was caddy day, he played golf from sun up to sun down - as many as 54 holes in a day.
In 1956, he left Louisville to join the Navy, receiving an honorable discharge after 2 years of service. He returned to Louisville selling household items door to door for LB Price. His sense of humor, endless stories and love of people made him a natural salesman. In 1961, he was re-located to Tulsa, Oklahoma when he accepted a sales position with Jergen's attaining the position of Regional Sales Manager, responsible for the Western half of the United States. While in Tulsa, he met the love of his life Jane Earlene Martin. They married on July 5, 1962. She was the secret to his success. They remained in love and good friends until his passing. After leaving Jergen's, he built an outdoor advertising company, Martin Communications, with his older brother beginning in 1981 in Los Angeles, California. He worked with Martin Communications until he retired at the age of 53 to Frisco, TX where he lived the childhood he never really had and played golf 4 to 5 times a week and many hands of poker.
In 2005, he moved to Reno, Nevada to be near his daughter and her family. He was an incredibly loving and insightful father, grandpa and uncle, who taught by example. He never met a stranger and always helped those in need. He had an incredible sense of fairness, was impeccable in his word, pursued his passions and was truly grateful for all that he had. His life had exceeded his expectations in every way. At the end, he fought valiantly, but decided it was time to move on. In life, he forged his path fearlessly and his passing was the same. He died peacefully surrounded by the overwhelming love of his family that he had bestowed on them throughout his entire life.
His loss leaves an irreplaceable void in his family, but the rich memories he leaves behind comfort his family and friends and the many stories that he loved to tell will be retold over and over again. The family thanks his legion of old and new friends for their condolences and kind deeds throughout this year. Bob is survived by his wife, Earlene, his daughter, Anna Maria Martin, his son-in-law, Kyle Gordon, his granddaughters, Julianna Jane Gordon and Grace Marie Gordon, who brought so much joy to his life, his nephew, Lonnie Dugan, who was like a son to him, and his other nieces and nephews, Chelsea (Adam) Argue, Luke Dugan, Joel Dugan, Jason Martin, as well as, Vincent (Vicky) Martin , Steven (Jane) Martin, Karen (Mark) Maudlin, their amazing children, his brother Thomas Bruner (Rita) Martin, his sister- in-law Betty Anderes, Earlene's family, who lovingly welcomed him from the beginning and his cousin Gloria (John) Holst, who was precious to him.
A charitable contribution, in lieu of flowers or other gifts, may be made to the "Luke Dugan Medical Trust," 13705 East 100th Street North, Owasso, OK 74055. Luke is 16 years of age and has Duchene's Muscular Dystrophy which is a muscle wasting disease. Funeral Services are scheduled for June 7, 2014 in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma and memorial gathering is planned for Reno, Nevada in late June.
Mountain View Mortuary
425 Stoker Avenue
Reno, NV 89513
Published in Reno Gazette-Journal on June 5, 2014