John Martin

John Randolph Martin, III
August 8, 1941 -
August 13, 2014

A stranger to no one and a friend to allA stranger to no one and friend to all, Randy Martin, aged 73, peacefully went to be with Our Lord on Wednesday, August 13, 2014, after a long, hard battle with Myelodysplastic Syndrome. He was born on August 8, 1941 in San Antonio to John Randolph (Ran) Martin, Jr. and Helen Faltin Martin.
Randy is survived by his adoring wife of 25 years, Margaret Nay Martin; his three daughters Cynthia Martin Hajmasy and husband Peter, Rebecca Martin Rowland, Mary Elizabeth Guimbarda and husband Eduardo; step-sons Tim Smiser and wife Jenni, Mike Smiser and wife Madison; two sisters, Tina Neumann and husband Louis, Martha Buck and husband Kevin; 14 grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. Randy was preceded in death by his parents Helen and Ran Martin, his step-son Brian Clayton Smiser and grandson Alexander Martin Rowland.
He was a graduate of Coral Gables High School in Florida, proudly served his country in the Navy during the Vietnam War, and had a 32-year career with Southwestern Bell. He married Margaret in October 1989. They were the loves of each other's lives. She, like many, was captivated by his beautiful smile and bright blue eyes.
Randy was a faithful servant of the Lord. His Bulverde UMC church family was a major part of his life and he was an active member of the Emmaus Community. He was an inspiring and loyal friend, caring brother, compassionate son, dedicated and nurturing father, and loving husband. He was loved by many and will be missed. The good Lord shared with us a wonderful man. Now he has returned home to eternal life in heaven where he will continue his love of service to all.
A Memorial Service to celebrate Randy's life will be held Saturday, August 23, 2014 at 2:00 pm at the Bulverde United Methodist Church 28300 U.S. Highway 281 North, San Antonio, TX 78260. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Bulverde UMC or the Bulverde Spring Branch Activity Center, 30280 Cougar Bend, Bulverde, TX 78163.

Published in Express-News on Aug. 20, 2014