OBITUARY

Frank A. "Al" Martin Jr.

February 20, 1941January 20, 2021
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Frank A. (Al) Martin, Jr. (79), a resident of Davenport died unexpectedly on January 20, 2021 at his home.

Mr. Martin was born February 20, 1941 in Webb City, MO to Frank Martin, Sr. and Dorothy (Cannon) Martin. He was an Eagle Scout, Vigil member of the Order of the Arrow and had been a Scoutmaster. He graduated from Webb City, MO High School, Joplin, MO, Junior College, Kansas State College at Pittsburg (KS) and had two graduate degrees from Kansas State College at Emporia (KS). He taught math for two years in Wichita, KS, Special Education one year in Haysville, KS and was a School Psychologist for 25 years with most of his service at the Mississippi Bend Area Education Agency. He retired in 2002.

Mr. Martin was a life member of the National Education Association, Iowa State Education Association, National Association of School Psychologists, and Professional Staff Organization for professional memberships. He served as a Child Advocacy Board Volunteer on the Foster Care Review Board and was sworn in by the court as a Court Appointed Child Advocate for three and one-half years. He was a member for sixteen years and board member of the Davenport Noon Optimist, ran the database for the Avenue of the Flags for eight years and was Optimist of the Year for 2009, volunteered with the Festival of Trees, and was a long time board member of Valley Shelter Homes before it closed. He also had donated over 2200 hours as a volunteer driver for the Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center and had given 39 gallons of blood product. He was a member of the Friendly House Board of Directors for six years.

Mr. and Mrs. Martin loved to travel and had been to all 50 states, Canada, Mexico, Fiji, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Spain, Morocco, Gibraltar, Ireland, Egypt, Portugal, Ecuador, Galapagos, Kenya, Tanzania, China, Tibet, Netherlands, Germany, Austria, Slovakia, Hungary, England, Scotland, Wales, Italy, Jamaica, Russia, Romania, Bulgaria, Croatia, Serbia, Dominican Republic, and the upper Amazon rain forest.

He is survived by his high school sweetheart and wonderful wife Janice L. (Canady) Martin. They were married on June 8, 1963 and celebrated their 57th wedding anniversary. They had two children: Jeffrey (Johnston, IA) and his two daughters, Abby and Sarah; and Lauren (Dublin, OH), married to Brad Hunter and their daughter Cora. He was preceded in death by his mother, father and grandparents.

According to his wishes, cremation rites have been accorded and a Celebration of Life will be held at a later date. His cremains will be interred in Mount Hope Cemetery, Webb City, MO. Online condolences may be made at www.rungemortuary.com, where a memorial video will be available soon. Memorials may be given to Friendly House of Davenport or Planned Parenthood of North Central States.

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Rex Hutchison

February 4, 2021

Frank's death was a loss to all of us who knew him and to the community that he served with such dedication. I first met Frank in September of 1961 at Pittsburg State College in Pittsburg, Kansas. I was an incoming freshman and he was a junior. I have lots of memories from those days. Later, Frank and Jan moved to Wichita where I was already living and where we both worked part time at the Gem Store. Eventually, Frank and Jan moved to the Quad Cities and I moved here not long after. My wife and I share a lifetime of memories of Frank and Jan and their children. We will miss him so.

Chris Iossi

January 26, 2021

I worked with Frank for several years. He was always professional and supportive. Reading his obituary, I’m impressed with all his volunteering and traveling. I live down the street and enjoyed seeing Frank sitting on the front porch. He always waved. RIP Frank.

June White

January 26, 2021

I worked with Frank at school and the AEA. He was a great team member . Frank was a pleasant, hard working collaborator and never pushed one-up manship . Truly a caring person . He helped so many children and made life better for others. So sorry to hear of his passing. So glad to see he traveled the world and created wonderful lasting memories.

Jan Waldie

January 26, 2021

So many memories come to mind, yet I can't find the words.
I'm terribly sorry, Jan.
Love and prayers always.
Rest in peace, Frank.

Sandy and Rich Wellman

January 25, 2021

We were saddened to learn of Frank’s passing. Our deepest sympathies to Jan and family. We hope and pray that your fond memories will give you strength now and in the future.

Sincerely, Sandy and Rich Wellman

Kellie Martin

January 25, 2021

I’m thinking of your entire family & sending love. I worked with Frank in North Scott when I was hired at the AEA-part of his harem! So many Martin’s at the AEA back in the day. Frank was the best. So friendly, kind & intelligent. PSO was blessed to have Frank at the helm for so many years. Keep those wonderful memories close ❤️
Kellie Martin

Diana Ward Bentley

January 25, 2021

My condolences to Jan and family. Frank was one exceptional guy. Always there to help me when I needed it at the AEA in the Psychology Dept., always friendly and upbeat. Frank will be missed by many.
Diana

Thomas Patrick Lyons

January 24, 2021

Frank was just easy to speak with and always so pleasant and friendly at the Noon Optimist meetings.!

Lori McCollum

January 24, 2021

Dear Jan and Family, We are so sorry to hear of Frank's passing. We have many great memories over the years. He was so full of life! Glad that you had so many marvelous travels!

Linda Shaw

January 24, 2021

My deepest sympathy to Jan and family. Rest in peace Frank

FROM THE FAMILY

Forever In Our Hearts

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Frank Albert Martin Jr.
Born February 20, 1941

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1942

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November 1942

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Dorothy, Frank Jr. and Frank Sr.

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Martin's Dairy

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Elementary School

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Earned Eagle Scout Rank at age 14

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1956
Ready for Philmont

Biography

Frank A. (Al) Martin, Jr. (79), a resident of Davenport, died unexpectedly on January 20, 2021 at his home. Mr. Martin was born February 20, 1941 in Webb City, MO to Frank Martin, Sr. and Dorothy (Cannon) Martin. He was an Eagle Scout, Vigil member of the Order of the Arrow and had been a Scoutmaster. He graduated from Webb City, MO High School, Joplin, MO, Junior College, Kansas State College at Pittsburg (KS) and had two graduate degrees from Kansas State College at Emporia (KS). He taught math for two years in Wichita, KS, Special Education one year in Haysville, KS and was a School Psychologist for 25 years with most of his service at the Mississippi Bend Area Education Agency. He retired in 2002.

Mr. Martin was a life member of the National Education Association, Iowa State Education Association, National Association of School Psychologists, and Professional Staff Organization for professional memberships. He served as a Child Advocacy Board Volunteer on the Foster Care Review Board and was sworn in by the court as a Court Appointed Child Advocate for three and one-half years. He was a member for sixteen years and board member of the Davenport Noon Optimist, ran the database for the Avenue of the Flags for eight years and was Optimist of the Year for 2009, volunteered with the Festival of Trees, and was a long time board member of Valley Shelter Homes before it closed. He also had donated over 2200 hours as a volunteer driver for the Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center and had given 39 gallons of blood product. He was a member of the Friendly House Board of Directors for six years.

Mr. and Mrs. Martin loved to travel and had been to all 50 states, Canada, Mexico, Fiji, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Spain, Morocco, Gibraltar, Ireland, Egypt, Portugal, Ecuador, Galapagos, Kenya, Tanzania, China, Tibet, Netherlands, Germany, Austria, Slovakia, Hungary, England, Scotland, Wales, Italy, Jamaica, Russia, Romania, Bulgaria, Croatia, Serbia, Dominican Republic, and the upper Amazon rain forest.

He is survived by his high school sweetheart and wonderful wife Janice L. (Canady) Martin. They were married on June 8, 1963 and celebrated their 57th wedding anniversary. They had two children: Jeffrey (Johnston, IA) and his two daughters, Abby and Sarah; and Lauren (Dublin, OH), married to Brad Hunter and their daughter Cora. He was preceded in death by his mother, father and grandparents.

According to his wishes, cremation rites have been accorded and a Celebration of Life will be held at a later date. His cremains will be interred in Mount Hope Cemetery, Webb City, MO. Online condolences may be made at www.rungemortuary.com, where a memorial video will be available soon. Memorials may be given to Friendly House of Davenport or Planned Parenthood of North Central States.