Henry Wayne Martin Jr., "Wayne", "Butch", 77, passed away on October 3, 2021, in his home in Clovis, New Mexico. A visitation will be held on Thursday, October 7, 2021, from 1:00PM to 5:00PM, at Muffley Funeral Home, 1430 North Thornton Street. A funeral service will be held on Friday, October 8, 2021, 1:00PM, at the Church of Christ, 1521 Pile Street, Clovis. Pastor Jim Gammon will be officiating. Gary Smith, Gary Elliot, Doug Reid, Uvalde Vicuña, Philip Tate, and Butch Lynn will serve as pallbearers.
Henry Wayne Martin Jr. was born to Henry Wayne and Mildred Belle Martin on April 19, 1944, in Clovis, New Mexico. He and his two sisters, Barbara and Jo, were the second generation of their family born here after their grandparents settled in the area in 1906.
On the eastern New Mexico plains Wayne grew up learning the farming trade from his father. He graduated as part of the Class of 1962 from Clovis High School. In his youth he played basketball, and football for the Wildcat's, and was a lifelong member of the 16th and Pile Church of Christ.
He married his high school sweetheart Linda Sue Martin on July 1, 1962, and settled down in a homestead south of Clovis. He and Linda were blessed with four sons, who were raised on the farm and helped their dad- and kept him on his toes- the same way Wayne had with his father.
Over his lifetime Wayne expanded the family's farm to include irrigated fields in Texico and dry land in Grier. As farming techniques and equipment evolved, so did Wayne. Not only was he one of the farmers responsible for starting irrigation systems on many fields around Clovis, but his expertise ranged from raising longhorn cattle and pasturing wild horses, to planting corn, wheat, sorghum, and eventually re-establishing Martin Grain out of a restored elevator West of Clovis. He made a living doing hard work nearly everyday of his life.
In 1981 Wayne expanded Martin Farms to include the historic Baptist Hospital on N. Prince Street in Clovis. He first renovated the building to house a restaurant but in 1990 changed it to an antique shop, establishing the second leg of the family's business as Martin Enterprise. Here he greeted customers with his signature line of "If you can see it it's for sale," and shared his enthusiasm for southwestern culture and Native American history to those who stopped by for a chat.
Wayne was a lover of beautiful art, fields of gold, and adventure. He took many trips across the globe to Australia and fell in love with the country's ruggedness, relaxed lifestyle, and of course, their ranches; which led to him gaining dual citizenship. He took his wife Linda on international treks, and in his later years brought his sons and grandsons on fishing trips to Alaska and white water rafting in the Rockies.
In 1999 Wayne and Linda moved out to Grier after building their dream house. No matter where he lived though, he was sure to make his home a gathering space for his growing family. This often cumulated in an annual 4th of July party where he'd mow a diamond in the front pasture to watch his kids, grandkids, and his sisters' families, play baseball.
To his last day Wayne managed the farm and antique shop.
His legacy is left with his devoted wife of 59 years Linda Sue Martin; his cherished sisters Barbara and husband Bob Norris, and Jo and Kenneth Jones; his four sons Maxwell Martin, Audi and wife Diane Martin, Chans and wife Cami Martin, and Seth and wife Windy Martin; his fourteen grandchildren, Max Martin Jr, Trevor and wife Krista Martin, Jessica and husband Brian Shorkey, Cassidy Martin, Leigh and husband Tom Veilleux, Sterling and wife Katlyn Martin, Lindsy and husband Courtney Behrend, Faith and husband Danny Wilson, Rhett Martin, Shannan and husband Chris Baillargeon, Beau Martin, Henry Martin, Lily Martin, and Gemma Martin; eleven greatgrandchildren, Brayden, Brody, Casz, Colt, Cooper, Evelyn, Gatlin, Kate, Kynlee, Penny, and Tinsley; and his long lasting friendships made over the years.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Muffley Funeral Home, (575)762-4435, www.muffleyfuneralhome.com
Published by Eastern New Mexico News from Oct. 5 to Oct. 6, 2021.