Paul Martin Fangman
July 30, 1948 – April 21, 2021
Paul Martin (Marty) Fangman passed away peacefully the evening of Wednesday, April 21st, after a short, unexpected illness. He was lovingly surrounded by his former wife/friend Kristy Fangman, their two children Haley and Zach, and Haley’s fiancé Carl Wallnau.
Being born in the back of a taxicab began Marty’s lifelong need to always be on the move. This included fast cars, motorcycles, boats and, while in the Army, helicopters.
Raised in Claymont, Delaware, Marty was the first-born of seven children in the working-class family of parents, Paul and Ruth Fangman.
Marty graduated from Claymont High School, worked for the A&P grocery chain until being called up to the military. Marty was a member of the famed 101st Airborne (Screaming Eagles) during two tours of the Vietnam War as a door gunner on a Huey Gunship. Shot down a couple of times, he dusted himself off and climbed aboard again to do his duty for his country and earned a Purple Heart.
Upon his return to civilian life, Marty worked for Imperial Chemical Industries (ICI), and earned his B.S. in Chemistry at the University of Maryland. He accepted a transfer to Dallas, which was the beginning of his lifetime travels.
While in Dallas, Marty changed direction, utilizing his chemistry background to carve out a career in the digital printing business starting in Account Sales, ultimately achieving VP of Sales, retiring in November of 2020.
Meeting and marrying Kristy Cheesewright gave him a partner who came aboard his travel train taking them to California, Arizona and finally returning to Dallas, where they raised their family. Marty’s children were the light of his life. If anything good came during this pandemic, it was his ability to spend quality time with Haley and Zach, while work travel was on hold.
Marty had an abundance of friends. He loved food, cooking meats to perfection, and a good bottle of wine. His smiling face and sense of humor will be greatly missed by all.
Marty was preceded in death by his father, Paul Fangman in 1994, his brother Robert (Bobby) Fangman in 2001. His Mother, Ruth Fangman passed two days after Marty on April 23, 2021.
Marty is survived by: former wife, Kristy Fangman, daughter Haley, son Zachary, daughter Jennifer Kristy Faustine, grandchildren Madison and Kyle Kristy, great grandson Carson Kristy, siblings Michael Fangman (Maria), of Greensboro, NC , Stephen Fangman of Elkton, MD, Debbie Fangman (Greg Kruszewski) of Wilmington, DE, Terri Frakes (Rich) of Palmyra, VA, Carole Ricci (Mike) of Boothwyn, PA, nephews Steve Fangman (Lupe), Michael Ricci, Jack Ricci, and Great Nephew Sebastian.
In his last days, Marty was working on a memorial, honoring his youngest brother Robert (Bobby)Fangman, a victim of the 911 terrorist attacks.
We end with a quote from Jack Thorne, “Those we love never truly leave us. There are things that death cannot touch.”
No public services are scheduled at this time. Receive a notification when services are updated.
Paul Martin Fangman
May 5, 2021
One of my best memories at Océ was our trip to Italy. Marty, Kristie, Sean and I found a small, local restaurant via a local recommendation. We thought we’d had the best secret experience in all of Rome. It is still one of my best memories of my entire life. Marty made us all laugh. But he also made us feel. He was such a special guy. I’ll never forget him and I’ll always think of him with a smile on my face. Goodbye sweet, wonderful man. I was so very blessed to have known you.
April 29, 2021
Farewell my friend.
Thank you for gracing my life with your ever present smile. I will remember your warm and generous heart, the ease with which you laughed and the enjoyable chaos you could so effortlessly create when you had a mind to.
It was my honor and pleasure to know you, it was my privilege to help create chaos with you.
May peace be with those you love,
April 29, 2021
Kristy, Haley and Zach,,
As a member of the family, I know that you are dealing with a lot of grief. Losing Marty and Ruth within two days of each other was quite a blow! Although, Ruth’s passing was expected, Marty’s was a devastating shock.
Pete and I are so very sorry for your loss. Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers. May God help you as you grieve.
April 28, 2021
Kristy, Haley and Zach!
Sending so much love and hugs to you. Marty had a special sparkle he shared with all of us that made us love him. I love all of you so much. While there just aren't perfect words to share right now please know I'm thinking the fondest of thoughts.
Love to all!
Kellie, Peter and Audrey xoxo
April 25, 2021
Kristy, Haley and Zach, I'm so very sorry for the loss of your dad. I know how much he loved all of you as he always spoke of you when we spoke. I hope you have some comfort knowing he is in a better place, although way too early. Blessings to your family.