John Ross "Jay" Martin III

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John "Jay" Ross Martin III

Music angels in Heaven have welcomed their biggest fan of music home as our very own John Ross Martin, lll, affectionately known to family and friends as "Jay", "Dad" or "Hoss", went to his final resting place on December 6, 2015. He leaves behind his loving wife Gladys Ruth "Ruthie", his sweet and only daughter, Leslie Laura Martin, his step-son that he loved, Daren Dalton, his only beloved brother Guy Newton Martin and precious wife Sharon "Sandy" Martin and a host of extended family and friends who loved him.

Jay was preceded in death by his father, John Ross Martin, Jr., his mother, Ruby Laura Hooper Martin, uncle, William "Bud" Hooper and former wife Sherry L Martin.

Metcalf Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements including viewing on Thursday December 10th from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM with the service at 10:00 AM at the Metcalf Chapel and graveside to follow at the Garden Park Cemetery. The family invites you to a reception to be held at the old Conroe Furniture Building 219 Simonton, Conroe, TX following graveside services.

Jay was born July 24th, 1948 in Conroe, graduated from Conroe High School in 1966 and graduated from Sam Houston State University 1970 with a degree in Political Science. He loved Conroe with all of his heart which was demonstrated by his devotion to all that was good for the city and its continued growth. He promoted and participated in the Montgomery County Fair Association, the Montgomery County BBQ Cook-offs, the Conroe Cajun Catfish Festival, the Kidz Festival, the Sounds of Texas Music Concerts and the First Thursday Conroe Concerts, the Creighton Theatre and the Owens Theater, just to name a few.

Prior to 1997 he was a land appraiser. Following a horrific accident in 1997 he turned his passion toward the government of Conroe and ran for City Council and held that position for two terms from 2002 to 2010. He also served as Mayor pro-tem during his second term. Always searching for ideas to bring tourism and recognition to Conroe, Jay dreamed of utilizing downtown age-old buildings by creating a Music district of sorts to draw in singer/songwriters and their followings to our great City. That is when the Red Brick Tavern was conceived and with much work from other supporters the idea became a reality that he was very proud to be part of its first three years' success. Thanks to all the patrons whom he greeted there on a regular basis he was very pleased with the project.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to "Soldiers, Songs and Voices" a non-profit organization created by musician Dustin Welch, that encourages our veterans with the gift of guitars and music training.


Published on from Dec. 8 to Dec. 21, 2015
Arrangements under the direction of:
Metcalf Funeral Directors
1801 East White Oak Terrace | Conroe, TX 77304 | (936) 756-3311
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