Leland H. Martin was born in Runnels County Jan. 9, 1929, to Wallace E. and Mattie P. Martin. As a child he moved to Coleman County where he grew up in the Brown Ranch Community. He graduated from Mozelle High School in 1946. He married Dorothy Lee Dalton in Coleman on June 15, 1946. His passion for serving the Lord led him to many years as Sunday school teacher, department director and Sunday school superintendent. In over 50 years as an ordained deacon, he served at Harmony Baptist Church in Fisk, Melwood Baptist Church and Coggin Avenue Baptist Church in Brownwood where he was currently a member.
Leland was preceded in death by his loving wife of 45 years, Dorothy Lee Dalton, and baby daughter Claudia Darlene Martin. Also, sister Stella Moore, brothers Fred Martin and J.M Martin.
He lived in south Coleman County where he and his brother-in-law, the late T.J. Dalton Jr., operated the Dalton Dairy. In 1969 he began in the cattle mineral business in Brownwood, moving there in 1974. He later owned and operated L&M Mineral Company.
He is survived by daughters and sons-in-law, Rhonda and Gary McConaughey of Spring, Brenda and Randy Yancy of Huntsville, and Marcia Jill and Bill Wells of Brownwood; granddaughters and husbands, Kandra and Jason Foster and Tanna and Matt Lawson, all of Spring; grandsons, Kirk McConaughey of Houston and Calvin and JoAnn Wells of Stephenville; four great-grandchildren Payton, Miles, Kamryn and Blayne Foster of Spring; one sister, Winnie Pearl Nelson of Brownwood; four brothers, Herbert Martin of Brownwood, Curtis Martin of Abilene, Billy Joe Martin of Hattiesburg, Miss. and Roneal Martin of West Palm Beach, Fla.; two brothers-in-law, N.T. Dalton of Chaney, Wash. and Billy Jack Deal of Coleman.
In 1992 he married Maxine Oleta Smith in Brownwood where they made their home and owned a rental business. With this union he gained more loving family including Rick and wife Linda Smith of Austin, Karen Duncan of Arlington and Val and husband, David Fine of Dublin; grandchildren, Lisa Simek of Austin, David and wife Stacy Smith of Austin, Regan Duncan and Drew Duncan of Arlington, Mark and wife, Amanda Fine of Denton and Matt and wife Bobbi Fine of Dalhart; great-grandchildren, Reese and Will Simek, Riley Smith, Sydney Judd, Trinity Fine, and Brice, Brayden, Tadd and Titon Fine; and a host of nieces and nephews.
His creative loving humor, Christian family values and hard-working example were and will continue to be an inspiration to his family, as well as many, many special friends.
Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Monday, June 11, 2007, at Coggin Avenue Baptist Church with Brother Bill Allen and Brother Rick Cavitt officiating. Interment will follow in the Brown Ranch Cemetery, Coleman County.
The family will receive friends from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday at Davis-Morris Funeral Home.
The family requests in lieu of flowers, memorials be sent to the Brown Ranch Cemetery c/o Lane Dalton 4619 CR 300, Gouldbusk TX 76845.