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Thomas Floyd Martin

Thomas Floyd Martin

Thomas Floyd Martin, 86, of Salem, passed away peacefully on Saturday, April 22, 2006. After five years of being a widower, God graciously lifted him up so he could rejoin his wife, and our family is so thankful to know they are now forever together.

Tom was born in Sardis, Tenn. on August 22, 1919, and moved to Williams, Ore. in 1941 to join the Civilian Conservation Corps. It was there that he met Evelyn Kurtz, whom he married on August 16, 1944 and with whom he would share the next 56 years. He served in the Air Force during WWII, stationed in Okinawa, Guam, and the Philippines. After the war, he returned to southern Oregon where he began a long and fruitful 34-year career with Southern Pacific Railroad as a sales and traffic clerk in Medford. While in Medford he also pursued a business degree from Southern Oregon College in Ashland, and worked part-time for Texaco Oil Company. He also was a member and honorary master of the Central Point Masonic Lodge, continuing as a lifelong member. In 1969 he was offered a promotion with Southern Pacific in Salem which he accepted and where he lived until his passing. He enjoyed more than anything else chatting with family and friends, working around the house and in his garden, helping neighbors, golf, traveling, and spending time with his beloved grandchildren. He was always quick with a story and a smile, and was a wonderfully compassionate resource for anyone pondering ideas of what to do. His generosity and sincerity led him to be well admired and regarded as the consummate helper and Good Samaritan.

Tom was preceded in death by his wife, Evelyn, in December 2000 and by his brother, Sanders, in 1983. Survivors include son, John (and daughter-in-law Carrie) of Olympia, Wash.; sister, Opal Snyder of Salem; four grandchildren (Peter, Christopher, Benjamin & Lisha); one great-granddaughter (Berkeley); as well as a host of family and extended family throughout Oregon, North Dakota, and Tennessee.

A funeral service will be held at 2:00 pm on Friday May 5th at Williams Community Church in Williams, Oregon followed by a brief graveside ceremony and interment at Gotcher Cemetery in Williams. Arrangements are by Howell-Edwards-Doerksen with Rigdon-Ransom Funeral Directors in Salem.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Lung Association or to the Williams Community Church, Williams, OR 97544.

Thomas Floyd Martin