TUSCOLA, ILLINOIS -Chief Deputy Sheriff, Tommy K. Martin, 59, of Tuscola, IL, passed away at 11:30 P.M., Tuesday, July 17, 2007 at the Carle Foundation Hospital, Urbana, IL.
Public Visitation will be held from 2:00 P.M.-8:00 P.M., Saturday, July 21, 2007 at the Tuscola Community High School, 500 South Prairie Street, Tuscola, IL with an 8:00 P.M. Masonic Service. Condolences to the family may be sent to hilligossshraderfh.com
A public graveside service will be held at 3:00 P.M., Sunday, July 22, 2007 at the Tuscola Township Cemetery, with military graveside rites accorded. The Hilligoss Shrader Funeral Home, 705 South Main Street, Tuscola, IL is handling the arrangements.
Mr. Martin was born on December 12, 1947 in Tuscola, IL, the son of Clestes O. and Mary Edna Loyd Martin.
Survivors include his son, Daniel Loyd Martin of Greensboro, NC; his daughter, Laura Pitts and husband Doug of Paris, IL; his brother, Robert Martin of Virginia Beach, VA; grandchildren, Lexie, Kathy and Corey.
He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother, Gary Martin
T.K. started with the Illinois State Police in 1978. He worked as a Crime Scene Investigator and CSI Field Supervisor. His duties included Training Coordinator and Quality Assurance Manager for the entire crime scene services command until his retirement in 2002. In addition he was an Instructor at the Criminal Justice Institute in Little Rock, AR. He began serving as Chief Deputy Sheriff of Douglas County in 2004.
Tommy was a member and deacon of the Tuscola United Church of Christ. He proudly served his country as a member of the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam War. Tommy was a member of the Tuscola Warrior VFW Post #1009, Tuscola American Legion Post #27, Watkins Glen, NY American Legion Post #555, Watkins Glen, NY Elks Lodge #1546, Tuscola Moose Lodge #729 and the Tuscola Masonic Lodge #331, AF&AM. He was a 1966 Graduate of Tuscola Community High School.
In Lieu of Flowers, the family has suggested that memorials be made to the Tommy K. Martin Law Enforcement Scholarship Fund c/o Hilligoss Shrader Funeral Home, 705 South Main Street, Tuscola, IL 61953
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Published by Journal Gazette & Times-Courier on Jul. 20, 2007.