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Butch Martin

Natchitoches, Louisiana

Sep 5, 1943 – Aug 23, 2019 (Age 75)


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Blanchard St. Denis - Natchitoches Obituary

To honor the life of Coach Gloyd Lewain “Butch” Martin 


A beloved husband, father, friend and coach, Butch was raised in Simpson, Louisiana. Following graduation, Butch joined the Army and served in the Vietnam War stationed in Thailand. After the Army, he graduated from Northwestern State University in 1972 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Education. In 1977 he completed the teacher education program from McNeese State University. After which he pursued a career as a high school boys’ basketball coach throughout the state of Louisiana.

Butch had the pleasure of coaching many teams in State championships over his distinguished career. However, he most enjoyed interacting with his students, not only about academics, but also political and government issues.

During his downtime, and through most of his retirement, Butch very much enjoyed traveling and the outdoors. You could always find him fishing or hunting; if you were lucky enough to know his favorite spots. No Bass or white perch were safe on Toledo Bend where he owned the Martin’s Nest with his wife, Lou. Squirrels, deer, and ducks were equally to fear when he, his sons, friends, and grandchildren were on the hunt!

Butch enjoyed his car trips with his wife, Lou, from the east coast of Florida to Maine, Niagara Falls, Appalachian Country, Arkansas canoeing and camping, Yellowstone, and the Grand Canyon, The Big Bend Country and South Louisiana Fishing. Butch clearly loved to travel and the outdoors.

Butch was preceded in death by his parents, Naman and Eunice Martin; his first wife, Sharon Faye Fontenot Martin; Sister, Marion Madeley; and Brother, W. N. Martin.

He is survived by his wife of 29 years, Lou Martin;  Sons Jonathan Lake Martin and his wife Alice, Matthew Martin; Step-sons Chris Guillet and his wife Lisa, David Guillet and his wife Angela; Grandchildren Laina and Austin Martin, Claire, Michael, Ella and Henry Guillet, and Abby and Adam Guillet.

Friends and family are invited to attend the visitation at Blanchard-St. Denis Funeral Home from 5:00 pm until 8:00 pm on Monday, August 26, 2019.  Services will be at Blanchard St. Denis Funeral Home Tuesday at 10:00 am with Donald Turner officiating and burial to follow at Memory Lawn Cemetery in Natchitoches. 

Those honored to serve as pallbearers will be Austin Martin, Kendall Martin, Marc Keedy, Guy Haman, Kevin Fontenot, Jason LeVasseur.  Honorary pallbearers will be Clarence Gewin, Pugh Huckaby, Sonny Hardee, Jack McCain, Larry Rhame, Ed Horton, Eddie Ahrens, Nolton Causey, and Hugh Hardee.

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Loran and Gayle Lindsey

What an amazing and impactful life you lived my friend.

Sincere condolences to Lou and the entire Martin family. Thanks for sharing Butch with us, memories of him will always bring a smile to my face and warmth to my heart.

Lou and boys. I am so sorry to hear of your loss. I didnt know Butch but I know he must have been a wonderful man. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.

Lou and extended family, my sincere condolences. The journey has been long, the memories joyful and the rest, eternal. May God's blessing and the peace of Christ be with you all. Judith LaRoue

May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.

Fly High coach Martin...you were an amazing teacher and friend...Thank you for teaching me to become the person I am today..a student..Gorum High...jim Dubois

RIP Prayers for your family..

My condolences to the family . May you find comfort in your treasured memories and Gods promise to return your loved ones who passed away in death . 1st Thessalonians 4 : 13 & 14 .

Sending love and sympathy to all of Butch Martins Family♥ Butch was a very Special and sweet man and he will always be remembered.