Donald Chilton Martin, 70, passed away on Oct. 15, 2008, at Oak Ridge Manor. The family will receive relatives and friends on Saturday, Oct. 18, from 9:30 a.m. until 10:45 a.m. at Central United Methodist Church with memorial services following at 11 a.m. Dr. Gary Torian and Mr. Pat McClatchy will be officiating. Davis-Morris Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Don was born March 29, 1938, in Stamford, and was the son of O.T. and Louise Chilton Martin. He graduated from Stamford High School in 1956, after living in numerous places during his childhood years. Don received a football scholarship from Howard Payne University and earned his Bachelor of Science from Howard Payne University in 1961 and Masters of Education in 1965. He completed his Educational Doctorate from East Texas State University in 1988.
Don married Betty Sue Boedeker on June 21, 1958, in Stamford, Texas. They moved to Brownwood to attend Howard Payne University and have resided in Brownwood for 50 years. Mrs. Martin taught choir and was counselor for Brownwood Independent School District. Dr. Martin spent 40 years in education teaching chemistry, coaching, becoming a vice-principal, principal, and curriculum director during his BISD career. He became superintendent of BISD in 1989 and retired in 2001.
Dr. Martin was interested in the development and growth of the Brownwood community. He developed and ran a private summer camp for boys, Camp Tejas, from June 5, 1977, through 1982. He opened an art gallery, Gallery One, and served as president of Downtown Brownwood Incorporated after retiring from BISD. He was president of the local and district TSTA chapters. He was a member of Central United Methodist Church serving in many areas: Sunday school teacher, board member and chairman, chancel choir member, and MYF sponsor.
Don enjoyed spending time at Brownwood lake swimming and water skiing. He enjoyed spending time with family and had a tremendous desire to help people.
Don is survived by his wife, Betty, son Bret and wife, Kelly, of Georgia, daughter Allison and husband, Anthony Macevicius, of Fort Worth; four grandchildren: Dustin, Alec, Chase, and Holly-Beth Martin. Don is also survived by his sister, Patricia and husband James Crow of Whitesboro, Texas; sister-in-law, Lois Carpenter of Bryan, Texas; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents, O.T. and Louise Martin.
Memorial gifts may be made to Central United Methodist Church or any favorite charity.
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