CAMERON—John C. Martin Jr., 96, died Saturday, April 5, 2014, in a Grand Rapids, Michigan, retirement center.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, April 11, at Oak Hill Cemetery in Cameron with Rev. Drew Weber officiating.
Visitation is set for 10:30-11 a.m. Friday at the graveside.
Mr. Martin was born in Cameron on Nov. 18, 1917.
He was co-valedictorian of his C.H. Yoe High School class in Cameron.
Mr. Martin received a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Rice Institute (now Rice University), where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa and to the precursor of Tau Beta Pi, and he received a master’s degree from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, also in mechanical engineering. While at Rensselaer, he became a full member of Sigma Xi.
Af ter working for General Motors in Detroit and at an aircraft plant near Dallas, Mr. Martin was employed as a management consultant with Emerson Engineers and became a partner with the firm. As a result, he and his wife lived in a number of cities around the country.
In 1956, he joined Westinghouse Electric Corp. as a management consultant, based at their headquarters in Pittsburgh but working at many locations in the U.S. and abroad.
After his retirement in 1986, the Martins returned from Pennsylvania to their home state of Texas.
Mr. Mar tin designed and supervised the building of their home of almost 30 years in Hunt, in the Texas Hill Country near where they had spent their honeymoon in 1942.
Mr. Martin had many hobbies and avocations, including woodworking, photography, backpacking, camping and kayaking.
He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Kerrville and later the Methodist Church in Hunt.
Mr. Martin was preceded in death by his wife of 65 years, Mary Helen Baldwin Martin, in 2008 and a son, Robert.
Survivors are three children, Nella Pearson and husband Don, John and wife Jan, and Maggie Rowe and husband Gary, all of Grand Rapids, Michigan; his grandchildren, including Jennifer Pearson Boxrud, Robert Pearson (wife Debbie), Dell Pearson Reistad (husband Garth), Sara Rowe Lewis (husband Chris), Jessica Rowe Hogeterp (husband Josh), Samuel Martin, JR Martin, and Ashley Rowe Ambrose (husband Jason); and his great-grandchildren, including Bradley and Brooke Boxrud, Rachel and Max Pearson, Nanna and Lilja Reistad, and Kieran Lewis.