OBITUARY

Pat Glenn Martin

May 10, 1937April 10, 2021

Pat Glenn Martin, 83, beloved husband and father went to be with the Lord on Saturday, April 10, 2021. Pat was born in Cramerton, NC to the late Roscoe Konklin and Clara Bell Martin. He is also preceded in death by his brother, Konklin; sister, Tresina; and his beloved daughter, Stephanie. Pat leaves to cherish his memory, his devoted wife of 58 years, Glenda; daughter, Kathy (Brian); son-in-law, Bill; grandchildren, Crystal (Levi), Chelsea, Katelyn; great grandchildren, Levi, Ivory, Ivel; brother, Easton (Judy); brother-in-law, Robert; sister-in-law, Carol; brother-in-law, Jim (Val); many nieces, nephews, and an exchange student from Italy, whom Pat and Glenda met in 1987. Michele became their “adopted Italian son” – his wife and three children were also adopted into our family. Pat leaves behind a circle of life-long friends as well.

Pat served 23 years in the United States Navy. During that tenure, he served with Underwater Demotion Team 21 and Seal Team 2, qualified in Explosive Ordinance Disposal, and was an instructor at the Underwater Swim School at Key West, FL. In addition to these accomplishments, he also proudly served during the Vietnam War era. After his time on active-duty service, he taught NJROTC at Granby High School for twenty years. Pat was a member of Bayside Baptist Church and the Steadfast Sunday School Class. He prioritized his life on three principles: God, Family, and Country. Proverbs 22:1 was an anchor for his life. Pat was an honorable man and a devoted husband, father, grandfather, and great grandfather. Some of Pat’s happiest times were spent exploring the mountains, camping with his family and friends, and hiking various trails. He hiked many miles of the Appalachian Trail throughout his lifetime including the beginning of the trail in Georgia and the end of the trail at Mount Katahdin in Maine. Pat was well known as a strong Christian man, his keen sense of humor, his love of birds, and animals – especially dogs. He and Glenda were passionate travelers and were fortunate enough to visit at least 22 different countries and 46 states in the USA.

A memorial service will be conducted at 10am, Saturday, April 17, 2021 at Smith and Williams Funeral Home. There will be a visitation one-hour prior for friends to gather with the family. The family respectfully requests that everybody in attendance to please follow the CDC guidelines of maintaining social distancing and wearing face masks during the services. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the following organizations: Salvation Army, Alzheimer’s Association, and the Wounded Warriors Project. Please post your online condolences to the family during this difficult time.

Services

  • Visitation

    Saturday, April 17, 2021

  • A Celebration of Life

    Saturday, April 17, 2021

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Kevin Wilkins

April 16, 2021

Chief Martin....whew! A hurricane of a man. Not because he tore any thing or person apart, but the inertia of his presence was immense. He guided me through the crucible of high school with grace, humor, and tough love. He taught me military drill, orienteering, and most important, he taught me the real definition of what it is to be a man: hard work... dedication.... accountability... and being present even when life is the hardest.

Being a Black kid from a single parent home, I found that he was adept at accepting kids like me where we were, while charting a path for us to overcome. He taught all four of my Mother's children and she trusted him with all of us. Believe me, that's the highest praise that any Mother can give a man.

Chief will live on through our lives, his students, and our children lives because the presence he commanded and the influence he had on our lives was that immense. He exposed us to the Appalaichian Trail in Charlottesville and survival training in the wilderness of Alaska. He took us on trips to Maryland and Florida. He ecelbrated our victories and exhorted us to be better because of our failures.. He sat in my living room with my Mom because he had concerns about my choices. She listened. She enlisted his advice. She shaped her choices on his words.

Immense.

I graduated in '96, and he and Mr. Evans never were far from my conscious mind. 'What would they do or say if they encountered ________?' I never wanted to let either of them down.

Ever.

Chief. Thank you. For your guidance. For your toughness. For your love (even though he wasn't the kind of guy who used the l-word... you just kind of knew because ... yanno... who wastes their time on something/someone that/who doesn't matter to them?)

Sailor

S.E.A.L.

Teacher

Scholar

Measuring Stick

Man

Fair winds and following seas.

Martha Tompkins

April 15, 2021

Glenda, I’m so sorry to learn of Pat’s passing. I remember you and Pat from a skiing trip many years ago.

Please know you and your family and friends are in my thoughts.
Hugs
Martha

Maurice (Mo) Lynch

April 14, 2021

I went through BUDs training with Pat in Class 19 and remember him well. the fall after finishing training I was sent to EOD School for seven months, and with his deployments did not see much of him even when I got back to Team 21. I sort of reunited with him in one of the reserve tours that coincided with a reunion weekend was pleased to see him back at Little Creek. You never really forget the guys in your Training class, and Pat was one of them that I was very happy to see do so well in his Navy career. Even though I havent seen him in years , I stiil picture him has the slim , smiling blond teammate that stuck it out through and graduated with Class 19.

Capt Mo Lynch USNR (ret)

NANCY PAPPAS

April 14, 2021

I first met Pat when I joined the Steadfast Sunday School class at Bayside Baptist. Pat was so quiet but always smiled and said hello. I was so happy to watch him as Glenda led the devotions in our class. Pat never took his eyes off her and listened intently as he did not want to miss anything she said. Many times she would acknowledge him in a tribute, perhaps in his service to our Country or in a kindness he showed, but his expression always stayed the same. I wish I could have known him better but I treasure the few memories I do have of seeing the two of them together. Heaven shines brighter with the addition of this new angel.

Bill & Sandra Henry

April 14, 2021

So sorry to hear about Pat's passing. I knew Pat as a fellow NJROTC instructor when I (Bill) served as a fellow NJROTC instructor at Maury HS. The NJROTC units in Norfolk became known as the Norfolk 5. Pat was instrumental in making Granby NJROTC a unit to be looked up to and respected. We remember both units traveling together to various competitions and enjoying the competitive companionship.
Bill(Maury NJROTC) and Sandra Henry

John Warren

April 14, 2021

I cherished my memory of the friendship with Pat over our NJROTC instructor years. He was an excellent mentor for his high school cadets and the rest of the Norfolk Five. His expertise in survival training for cadets was unsurpassed (outstanding instructor). Pat's no nonsense attitude helped me to become a better person and instructor. My prayers are sent out to Pat's family.
Very Sincerely,
John W. Warren