OBITUARY

Jimmy and Marie Martin

June 4, 1934October 7, 2021
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Jimmy Glynn Martin was reunited with his beloved wife in Heaven in the late Thursday night, October 7, 2021. He was 87 years old.

Born on June 4, 1934 in Greenville Texas. Jimmy and his brother Allen Lynn were the sons of James Allen and Vivian Martin of Commerce Texas. James Allen was a farmer so both Jimmy and Allen Lynn grew up on a farm and learned what a hard day of work consisted of. Both Jimmy and Allen Lynn joined the United States Air Force and Jimmy served 30 years. Jimmy was a veteran of the Vietnam War and retired at the rank of Colonel. Jimmy was a devoted husband to the late Marie Ann Martin. They resided in Austin Texas and were married 45 years. As a fighter pilot in the Air Force Jimmy flew multiple fighters to include the F-101, F-104, and F-4. He flew the F-4 in two combat tours in Vietnam. During his Air Force career his assignments included: RAF Bentwaters in England, Aviano Air Base in Italy, Zaragosa Air Base in Spain, Da Nang Air Base in South Vietnam, and various bases in the US. He loved flying and was always telling stories of his flying adventures.

Jimmy and Marie loved to travel after retirement, they traveled to visit family, service buddies, and a trip to Australia and New Zealand. They also traveled on a mission trip with their church. The Westlake neighbors remember Jimmy for displaying and saluting his flag every morning and taking it down every evening. He read his bible at the kitchen table every morning. He stayed active traveling, working in the yard, and occasionally building furniture and forts for the grandkids. He devotedly and tenderly cared for his wife as she grew ill. He'll be remembered for his kind and friendly personality, his physical fitness and strength until the end, and his love of God, country, family, flying and hard work. He lived a long, full life, but was taken too soon.

He will be missed by all who loved him but we will see him again when we get to heaven.

He is survived by his children: Jimmy Martin Jr of Warner Robins Georgia, Donna Summers of Okmulgee Oklahoma, Denise Fanning of Henderson Nevada, Kelly Daniels of Austin Texas, and Jackie Lane of Round Rock Texas: grandchildren Auburn, Jason, Jonathan, Christopher, John, Bryan, Cooper, Greyson, Lauren and Jenny: great grandchildren Gavin, Josiah, Adden, Hudson, Carter, Camden, Channing, Alina, Abbey, Jeraden, Ryland and Zailyn.

Jimmy will be laid to rest at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery on 1 November 2021.

The family will receive visitors from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Saturday 16 October at the Weed-Corley-Fish Funeral Home at 3125 N Lamar Blvd in Austin Texas. Funeral will begin at 4:00 with a reception after the funeral.

Services

  • Visitation

    Saturday, October 16, 2021

  • Funeral Service

    Saturday, October 16, 2021

  • Reception

    Saturday, October 16, 2021

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Donna Lipke

October 16, 2021

I worked for Jimmy for many years at TDLR (State of TX). I learned quite a bit working for him and found him to be a good boss with a great sense of humor and plenty of stories - he was a great mentor. I remember how he told me you could always tell if your pilot had been in the Air Force or the Nay by how they landed the plane - it was always a rougher touch down with the Navy pilots. Of course, I also met Marie many time over those years - didn't know her well, but liked her.

I enjoyed the memories related by Jimmy and Marie's family during the funeral and know that they will both be missed.

Will Rudd

October 14, 2021

I was privileged to know and serve with Jimmy & Marie Martin in the USAF in the 1960's. They each served God, country, family
and friends with grace and dedication. Marie pursued her own career in the Air Force and later with the state of Texas.

A USAF fighter pilot, Jimmy was a test pilot, an Air Defense interceptor pilot and a tactical fighter pilot. When an unpopular conflict in Vietnam called for volunteers and many fled to Canada, Jimmy volunteered for two tours in Vietnam and Thailand in 1966-7 and 1975. I first learned to follow then lead as a fighter pilot from Jimmy and his peers in those early years.

Over the hostile skies of North Vietnam, on more than one occasion Jimmy's warning calls saved my life as Vietnamese SA-2 Surface-to-Air (SAM) missiles tried to blow our aircraft out of the sky. He led with courage and commitment on every mission regardless of the danger from the threats we faced.

Many years later I was able to join Jimmy and Marie at reunions of our 389th Tactical Fighter Squadron. At one in Arizona Jimmy showed up only days after double knee replacement surgery with Marie at his side. I left every encounter buoyed by their enthusiasm, humor and simple joy for life.

I shall cherish the memories we made forever.