Frederick A. Martin

Frederick A. (Fred) Martin

Fred Martin of Tallahassee, FL, was called home by God on September 27, 2012, after waging a long and courageous battle against several infirmities. Born and raised in Anniston, AL, Fred was well known and highly regarded in the halls of Florida's Capitol where he, in his own words, "lived a great life" by helping to shape public policy over four decades; mentoring, inspiring and helping to launch the careers of dozens of young protégés, and; generously contributing his time and resources for the betterment of his community and profession. Fred graduated with the Anniston High School Class of 1959. He was a leader of Boy Scout Troop 15, earning the designations of Eagle Scout, Order of the Arrow and the Silver Award. Fred began his college education at Huntingdon College in Montgomery, AL, later transferring to FSU where he earned his BA in Business in 1964. He later graduated from the University of Florida's School of Banking and went on to earn three professional designations - Chartered Life Underwriter (CLU), Fellow Life Management Institute (FLMI) and Registered Health Underwriter (RHU). Fred's distinguished career spanned nearly 50 years and included service as a bureau chief at the Florida Department of Insurance, Staff Director of the Senate Commerce Committee and as a vice president of Barnett Banks. In the late 1980s he fulfilled a burning desire to be an entrepreneur when he established his own governmental relations firm, Fred A. Martin & Associates, which continues today as Public Policy Associates, Inc. Over the years, Fred and his associates established a sterling reputation for producing favorable results for the firm's clients with integrity and value. He was deeply involved in the Tallahassee community as a founding member of the Northside Kiwanis Club where he served as president and as Lt. Governor for the Division. He also was active as a member of the Florida Association of Professional Lobbyists, Florida Society of Association Executives, Associated Industries of Florida and the Seminole Boosters. Fred had a special passion for making higher education available to promising and deserving students which he actualized during many years of service on the Board of Directors and as past chairman of the Southern Scholarship Foundation. He was a founding member of Killearn United Methodist Church and taught Sunday School classes there. Always modest and unassuming, Fred never sought the spotlight. But his friends and colleagues recall him fondly as a man of great virtue - always honest, dependable, loyal, caring, cheerful, charitable, patriotic, compassionate, funny, thrifty, (which limits our ability to extoll his virtues because he was keenly aware that newspapers now charge by the line for obituaries) and continuously hungry for anything from Big Macs to filet mignon. He left this world deeply grateful for his family and many friends who allowed him to be part of their lives. Fred is survived by his wife, Marietta Martin; daughter, Claudia Martin Rucker; sister, Marie Hughes; niece, Anita Collier, and; brother, Sam Martin, who lived with him and cared for him the last nine months of his life. A celebration of Fred's life will be held at 3:00 PM, Wednesday, October3, at Killearn United Methodist Church, 2800 Shamrock South, Tallahassee, FL 32309, followed by a reception in the Fellowship Hall. Friends may remember Fred with a contribution to the Southern Scholarship Foundation - Fred A. Martin Endowment, 322 Stadium Drive, Tallahassee, FL 32304 or online at

Published in Tallahassee Democrat on Sept. 30, 2012