Roland “Jack” Martin, 81, of Amarillo died Tuesday, October 30, 2018.
Memorial services will be at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, November 3, 2018, at Boxwell Brothers Ivy Chapel. Burial will be private. Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.
Roland “Jack” Martin was born on March 25, 1937 in Dunn, TX to Herb and Irene Martin. His family moved to Amarillo where he started first grade in 1942. Jack attended San Jacinto Elementary School, Sam Houston Junior High School and Amarillo High School. He received bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Education from West Texas State College and later a second master’s degree in Mathematics from Indiana University. Jack taught Math at Amarillo College for 26 years. He married Peggy Lowe on April 4, 1958 and they had two daughters. He was a member of Polk Street United Methodist Church.
In addition to his career in Education, he had multiple other hobbies and entrepreneurial pursuits. A few notable endeavors were selling sporting goods out of his home, tennis racket stringing, managing a Putt-Putt golf course on weekends, officiating football, basketball and softball, owning and remodeling multiple rental properties, woodworking including clocks, trophies and other furniture, engraving and working tirelessly to promote women’s basketball in the Panhandle through the National Women’s Invitational Tournament.
Another great joy he shared with his wife and family was travel. He visited Canada, England, Japan, almost all of the United States, cruised the Danube River, exchanged homes several times in Belgium, Germany and England, fished high mountain streams in Colorado, ice-fished in Indiana and spear-fished on a three man boat in the middle of the Pacific Ocean and spent two summers teaching in Ponape, Micronesia. His favorite travels were closer to home and around the state to watch his grandchildren perform ballet, choral music, tennis competitions and anything else they wanted to try.
He also blessed his family with his homemade stew, chili, banana bread and ice cream through the years at family gatherings. Above all else, though, his happy place was the cabin in Idlewild which he had lovingly and creatively remodeled as his summer haven and he had no greater joy than to see his family enjoy time there.
He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Peggy, a daughter, Lori Martin and her partner Stacey, of Austin, a daughter, Molly Ritchie and her husband, Brian, of Amarillo, grandchildren Brittanie Wooten and her husband Garrett, Chris Ritchie and his wife Kara, Joanna Wright and her husband Cody, Madeline Brooks and her husband Dalton, Rebecca and Sabrina, five great grandchildren Isaac, Everett, Daniel, Genevieve and James, a brother Bill Martin and his wife Gail of Vernon, a brother-in-law Woody Melton of Amarillo, a brother-in-law Hood Franks of Scottsdale and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
He is preceded in death by his parents, a sister Betty Melton and a sister-in-law Betty Franks. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Lois & J.B. Lowe Memorial Education Scholarship Fund at West Texas A&M University @ WTAMU Foundation, WTBox 60766, Canyon, Texas 79016.