Tahlequah Daily Press

August 7, 2013

Dr. Jimmy A. Martin Sr.


AMARILLO, Texas — Dr. Jimmy A. Martin, Sr., 85, died Aug. 3, 2013, in Amarillo, Texas.

Graveside Services were held at 10 a.m., Wednesday, Aug. 7, at at Llano Cemetery, with  Mr. Brian Mashburn of Southwest Church of Christ officiating. Arrangements are by Schooler Funeral Home of Amarillo, Texas.

Dr. Jimmy Andrew Martin was born July 9, 1928, in Scipio, to James Phillip and Arbie Teen (Goodman) Martin. He attended public schools in Scipio, graduating from Indianola High School.

Jimmy joined the U.S. Army in 1946 and served in Germany in the Army Security Agency. He was honorably discharged in 1948. He attended and graduated from Eastern Oklahoma A&M at Wilburton. He was recalled back into the Army during the Korean War and discharged in 1950. Upon being discharged from the army the second time, he entered the University of Tulsa, graduating with a doctorate degree in educational administration.

In 1951, he married the love of his life and wife of sixty two years, Betty Jane Farris in McAlester, Oklahoma. They had one daughter, Andrea Leigh Martin and one son, Dr. Jimmy A. Martin, Jr.

Jimmy was with the Tulsa public schools as a teacher, principal and in research. In 1967, he began teaching at Northeastern State University in Tahlequah, and taught until he retired in 1991. He was in education for 39 years. He was an avid reader and golfer.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers-in-law, J.D. Farris and Buddy Larison; and a nephew, Johnny Larison.

Survivors include his wife, Betty; daughter, Andrea L. Martin  of Bemidji, Minn.; son, Dr. Jimmy A. Martin Jr.  and wife Kim of Amarillo; three granddaughters, Erin E. Martin Rojas and husband Aaron, and Megan and Morgan Martin; and great-grandchildren, Noah and Ava Rojas; a brother, Joe P. and wife Willie Martin of Sand Springs; sister-in-law Betty Ann Farris of San Antonio; sister-in-law, Bonnie Larison of McAlester; Aunt Hazel Martin of Indianola and numerous loving cousins, nieces and nephews.

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Schooler Funeral Home, 4100 S. Georgia, Amarillo, Texas, (806) 352-2727.