John F. Martin

Joe Denoyer - September 6, 2020 7:46 am

John F. Martin, 91, of Liberal, died on September 3, 2020, at his home.

He was born on February 17, 1929, in Pawnee City, Nebraska, the son of Carl Martin and Sarah Bauer Martin.

He was a graduate of Pawnee City High School; class of 1946. He moved from Nebraska to Liberal, Kansas, in 1962, where he was associated with Collins Diamonds for 35 years.

He was a graduate of Bradley University School of Horology, a member of the American Gemological Society, and a Fellow of the Gemological Association of Great Britain.

He was an Army veteran of World War II and an Air Force veteran of the Korean conflict. He was a life member of VFW Post 3166 and a 69 year member of Sgt. Wimmer American Legion Post 80.

In February of 1950 he married Sally Foster on his 21st birthday. To this marriage were born five children: Sara Martin of Vancouver, WA; J. Patrick Martin of Liberal, KS; Sally Martin Odom of Yukon, OK; Joseph Martin of League City, TX; and Mike Martin of Fairway, KS.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Sally; and his sister, Patricia Walker. He is survived by his five children, as well as sixteen grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

He served on the Memorial Library Board and the Seward County Safety Council and was a life member of Southlawn PTA.

John was a member the Masonic Lodge and St. Andrews Episcopal Church.

In lieu of flowers, please send donations to St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, VFW Post 3166, American Legion Unit 80, or the Seward County Community College Foundation.

A private family service will be held. Miller Mortuary is in charge of the arrangements.