In Memory

John Richard Martin

John Richard Martin

John Richard Martin
October 1, 1946 ~ April 21, 1982

Graveside rites for John R. Martin, 35, of Cane Run St. were conducted at 11 a.m. Friday at the Hillcrest Cemetery in Perryville with the Revs. William F. Pettus and Larry Garener officiating.

Mr. Martin died about 6:45 a.m. Wednesday, April 21 in Woodford  County.

Born Oct. 1, 1946 in Lexington, he was the son of Clayton and Illa Mae Rankin Martin of Harrodsburg.  He was a member of the Harrodsburg United Methodist Church and was a graduate of Harrodsburg High School. He attended Colorado State University and Center College and earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in political science and  communications at the University of Kentucky.

He served 13 months in South Vietnam with the U.S. Marine Corps and was a member of the local post of the Veerans of Foreign Wars.

In addition to his parents, he is survived by his stepgrandmother, Della Martin of Harrodsburg; three brothers, James Clayton Martin of Lexington, William Allen Martin of Roanoke, Va, and Thomas Stewart of Pikeville and a sister, Mary Anne Martin Loy of Columbia.

Wilder and Edwards Funeral Home in Perryville was in charge of arrangements.  The family requests that expressions of sympathy take the form of donations to one/s favorite charity.



 
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02/13/09 04:14 PM #1    

Richard Allison

Johnny could have been the best of us. He was a tremendous athelete, a good student and a very good person. Johnny began to change when we were in High School. He found religion and took it very seriously. We may have not have been the best of classmates as he struggled with his beliefs. There was something that tormented Johnny and it eventually lead to his taking his life. Johnny was a part of us and that part of us died when he did. I wish we could go back and redo that part of our lives. Maybe we could have made a diffence for Johnny. I'm sad that we let him get away from us. - Richard Allison

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