Wash Martin Jr.

Published 10:08 pm Friday, April 26, 2019

Wash Martin Jr., age 94, of Frisco, died April 21, 2019.

Wash was born February 2, 1925 in Clinton, Kentucky to Newt Washington Martin and Nellie Jemima Josephine (Warf) Martin, the fifteenth of sixteen children on a sharecropper’s farm.

Immediately after his graduation from high school in Clinton, Kentucky, Wash joined the Navy.  World War II was in full swing and after training in Hawaii, Wash joined the crew of an aircraft carrier, the USS Lexington, deployed in the Pacific theater.  He proudly served as an aircraft captain on the USS Lexington for several years. After the war was over, Wash left the Navy, went to college for a couple years and then joined the Air Force.  He made the Air Force his career and became a meteorologist until his retirement as Master Sergeant.  Following retirement, he continued his career as a meteorologist with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

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Wash was preceded in death by his parents, his fifteen siblings, his wife Peggy, his son David “Bucky” Martin and son-in-law Joey Brunson. Survivors include children Lynda Doggett, Kelly Brunson, Douglas (Kimberly) Martin, Wiley Martin and Eileen (David) Botello, grandchildren LeAnn Kirkland, Bryan Clarke, Mary Krawchuck, Abe Thomas, Nikki Martin, Whitney Austin, Carley Martin, Evan Botello, Eric Botello and Douglas Botello, along with multiple great-grandchildren.

A funeral will be held 2 p.m. on April 24 at Lighthouse Assembly of God. The family will receive friends and relatives prior to the service beginning at 12 noon. Private burial will take place in the Martin family cemetery.

Twiford Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements. Condolences and memories can be shared at www.TwifordFH.com.