OBITUARY

John Thomas Martin "Tom"

December 12, 1938April 2, 2021

John Thomas Martin, 82, of Palm Bay, Florida passed away at 9:21pm on April 2, 2021. Tom was born on December 12, 1938 in Terra Haute, Indiana

Tom has been suffering from Alzheimer’s for several years. He was a Broadcast Engineer and videographer. Tom was a great man of faith who led his life by example.

He started his career at WOOD-TV (NBC) in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and after nine years moved to St. Louis, Missouri, to KMOX-TV (CBS), now KMOV-TV.

Tom retired from KMOV after a career spanning 35 years there. His many experiences included meeting five presidents and traveling with the Pope across the United States. Also, during his service at KMOV he recorded many of the major events of the era nationally, internationally, and locally in his hometown of St. Louis. These events include waiting in Germany for the Iran hostages to be released at the end of Jimmy Carter’s presidency, traveling to Saudi Arabia before the first Gulf War, the tragic Oklahoma City bombing, and the Times Beach chemical disaster that forced residents to flee their homes and businesses.

Tom’s wide-ranging assignments included local tragedy and triumphs. He covered multiple Super Bowls including the one between the Rams and the New England Patriots. He also covered baseball and hockey games. He had the opportunity to witness and record multiple Primaries and Republican and Democratic National Conventions.

A simple glimpse at his assorted enumerable press passes would prove the value of Tom’s expertise as a cameraman. As a result of some of his more challenging works he was nominated for 10 Emmy Awards. He won three Emmy’s and was inducted into the Emmys Silver Circle for 25 years of distinguished service from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.

He is survived by his wife Cathey, his son Thomas (Jodie), his daughter Theresa Beck (Bill), six grandchildren: Jessica and Erin Beck, John Thomas II, Christiana Langsy, Nathan and Amanda and numerous nieces and nephews. His three brothers, including his twin brother Bob, are all deceased.

The funeral will be held on Friday, April 9th at Community Gospel Truth Church, 795 S. Wickham Road, West Melbourne, FL 32904. Bishop Jerry Lawrence will officiate. The viewing will be from 12-1:00 pm and the service at 1:00 pm. He will be interred at Fountainhead Memorial Park, 7303 Babcock St. SE, Palm Bay, FL 32909. You can send condolences to the family in care of Community Gospel Truth Church.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.FountainheadFuneralHome.com for the Martin family.

  • FAMILY

  • Roscoe Kenneth Martin, Father (deceased)
  • Agnes Jackson, Mother (deceased)
  • Cathey (Haner) Martin, Beloved Wife
  • Thomas Martin (Jodie), Son
  • Theresa Beck (Bill), Daughter
  • Jessica & Erin Beck, Grandchildren
  • John Thomas ll, Grandson
  • Christiana Langsy, Granddaughter
  • Nathan & Amanda Martin, Grandchildren
  • Numerous nieces and nephews, Family
  • Tom's three brothers, including his twin brother Bob, are all
    deceased.

Services

  • Visitation

    Friday, April 9, 2021

  • Celebration of Life Service

    Friday, April 9, 2021

Memories

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Amanda Martin

April 11, 2021

My grandpa was the most kindest and sweetest man that was ever on Gods good earth, the last time I saw him I gave him a painting that I painted for him of his old plane, he loved that painting, it hung in his room and he looked at it every day. He lived his whole life full of kindness and love for everyone around him. We will miss him so much, it brings me some joy that we will see him again soon.

Ward ( bud) Haner

April 7, 2021

My mother wouldn’t listen to my coaching her that the next time she has a child it should be a brother for me, I guess it took me some time to figure out that she absolutely had no control of any of that sort of designer baby stuff. Well cath brought home one sunny day this fella he had his short sleeve shirt rolled up and was kind of a quiet guy and I wondered if he was quiet because he already met my dad, I was a bit worried that happened as we were out towards the end of our drive way right by his 1960 chevy as if to make a quick getaway but all was good and I didn’t know it then but he was more to me than just a brother-in-law he became my brother he loved to hunt and fish but never grew up with that sort life style but I did so any chance we could we would go deer hunting partridge fishing and he would love to learn all he could about my race car I broke it pretty bad at Martin drag way so him and Cathey would come over and Tom would help me pull the transmission and I would show Tom how to rebuild it and he loved to learn about cars I had a ball showing him, Tom was a wiz at anything electrical and he was a pilot who owned a Cessna 182 and I loved to fly so he taught my how to fly when I was 16 or17 yrs old . When we went to St. Louis where Cathey and Tom moved to in the60s Tom had a friend that owned a glider Tom called him up we drove to the airport and we all boys went glider flying. These are just a small fraction of fun things we did together and I loved it . I will miss calling him up and talking over stories, I will miss him as I lost my only brother I had. Love you Tom.

Brenda Madden Kimberlin

April 7, 2021

My deepest sympathies to you all. Tom Martin was one of the nicest, kindest people I've ever worked with in news, a true professional and a wonderful human being. Amazing to read about all the things he experienced and accomplished, and to remember how much he valued his faith and his family. He was one of a kind. God bless.

Kris Rose(Martin)

April 6, 2021

I was fortunate enough to speak to uncle Tom a couple of years ago on the phone. While I knew he may not have understood who I was, talking to him meant the world to me. I had not seen him since my father Richard passed away in January of 1992. I love you uncle Tom, give my dad a big hug for me.

Tracy Gwinn

April 6, 2021

Tom was a very kind and caring man that was always faithful to pray for me.
My love, prayers and condolences go out to Cathey and her family.
May your memories bring you joy and comfort always.

Ron Francois

April 6, 2021

We always think of Tom when we watch our wedding video from 1992, which he spent many hours recording and putting together for us. He was a very generous man to everyone around him. I enjoyed talking with Tom about ham radio topics and his children's activities. WØMTQ sk, rest in peace friend, de KØSTL, 73s

don francois

April 6, 2021

I worked with Tom for many years at Ch4 TV in St. Louis. Tom was a fine technician. He was one of the kindest men that I worked with. Everyone held him in great respect. He will be missed.

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY