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Gordon Wayne Martin

June 4, 1939 ~ June 6, 2019 (age 80)
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With his family at his bedside, Gordon Wayne Martin has peacefully moved on to join loved ones on the other side of the veil – including his son Jeffrey Alan Martin, who died in 1988.

Gordon passed away at home in Red Oak, Texas June 6, 2019, two days after his 80th birthday, after a hard-fought battle with congestive heart failure. The family will treasure the memory of how he rallied less than a week before to read his birthday cards and open gifts, smiling for photos with his wife, three surviving children and three grandchildren.

Growing up in the San Fernando Valley in Southern California, he had fond memories of youthful days spent among Hollywood stars whom he met while working at his father’s upscale service station on Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills. As an adult, after joining the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, his focus shifted. Gordon and his wife Mayo chose as their shared primary goal to follow the teachings of their faith, providing service to their family and others. Whatever his calling, whether a member of the Stake High Council or teaching Primary, Gordon always served faithfully. After they retired, Gordon and Mayo served a two-year mission in the Family History Library in Salt Lake  and they continued their work in genealogy after returning to Red Oak.

Throughout his life, Gordon also shared his expertise in home construction and maintenance with countless people. He had an Associate of Applied Science Degree from Lee College in Baytown, Texas. and a “master’s degree" as a handyman.

Born June 4, 1939 In Los Angeles, Gordon is the second oldest of Harold and Betty Martin’s four children. A high school and junior college athlete, 6’2” Gordon played football and competed in track, shot-putting and discus throw.

He married his high school sweetheart Dixie Few (Schafer) and they had two children, Jeffrey and Diane. During a difficult period when his marriage was ending, he found his new faith. Then, while working seven years as a painter at a U.S. Air Force satellite tracking station on the island of Kodiak, Alaska, he captured the heart of a young school teacher, Mayo Kathleen Williams. After serving as a missionary in France and Belgium, she was teaching French in Kodiak.

Gordon and Mayo were married December 21, 1970 in the Hawaiian Temple.  They raised their two children, Donna and Alan, first in Stayton, Oregon and then, after 1981, in Baytown, Texas. Both Gordon and Mayo were employed by the Goose Creek School District until they retired in 2000 – Gordon as a painter and Mayo as a preschool teacher.

After their retirement, they returned to Oregon to a house they had  rented out for 19 years and that was  near Gordon’s daughter Diane. In 2006, they returned to Texas where they were near their other children and grandchildren.

Gordon is survived by his wife, Mayo Martin; son Alan Martin (Gina) and grandchildren Kaitlyn, Shelby and Garrett, of Waco, Texas; daughter Donna Coleman (Lane), of Houston, Texas.; and daughter Diane Martin Richner of Corvallis, Oregon.; brothers Raymond Martin (Laura) of Central Point, Oregon., and Roger Martin (Jenny) of Henderson, Nevada; sister Carol Martin Steed of Waterford, California; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be at 1:30 p.m. June 8 at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Waxahatchie 1st Ward with viewing at noon and burial at Jozye Cemetery in Madisonville, Texas on Wednesday June 12, 2019 at 1:00PM.

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