Hannibal Courier-Post

Obituary: John William Martin, 69, of Hannibal

John William Martin
Posted: Jul. 16, 2019 10:18 am

John William Martin, 69, of Hannibal, passed away at 3:33 a.m. Saturday, July 13, 2019, at his home.

A memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 20, 2019, at the James O'Donnell Funeral Home in Hannibal. Rev. Tim Goodman will officiate.

There will be no visitation.

The family will have a private burial at Mount Olivet Cemetery.

John was born Aug. 27, 1949, in Hannibal, to John H. "Jack" and Virginia S. Stegall Martin.

John is survived by his wife, Mary Jane Martin; and daughter, Mary Elizabeth (Liza) Martin of Hannibal; brother, Bill (Terry) Martin; and sister, Jill (Bruce) Smith of Birmingham, Ala.; and sister-in-law, Susan Winchester of Nashville, Tenn. He is also survived by his nieces, nephews, a great-niece and great-nephews.

John was preceded in death by his parents, John H. (Jack) and Sue Martin; and grandparents, John W. And Elizabeth Howell Martin.

As a youth, he achieved the Boy Scouts of America's highest rank of Eagle Scout, which only 4% of Boy Scouts earn. He and his father attended the Boy Scout Jamboree.

John attended the University of Illinois Champaign for architecture. He moved to New Mexico where he designed a truss clip for geodesic dome structures for which he held the patent.

Joining Martin Construction Company, he was 4th generation in the family business, which ran for 111 years.

Golf had been a favorite activity. He played in the Oldsmobile Scramble in 1994 at the Hannibal Country Club and won an Oldsmobile for making a hole in one on the 9th hole.

John was active in the Hannibal Chamber of Commerce and served a term as president. He founded the Hannibal Main Street Program. John donated all of the trees for the Broadway Street Hannibal Tree Board in memory of his parents.

With his wife, they designed a Frank Lloyd Wright inspired home which they both enjoyed.

The family wishes to thank Charmaine Holman, James Brothers, Lindsey Hudson, Bradley Rickey, Jason Nicosia, Bradey Watts, and Community Loving Care Hospice for caring for John in his last days.

Honorary pallbearers are Terry Hollman, Mike Harris, Jim Jae, Leroy Stolberg, Jack Noonan, Ronnie Bird and Doug Miller.

Memorial contributions may be made to James Cary Cancer Center, to help patients in need.

Online condolences may be shared and video tribute may be viewed at www.jamesodonnellfuneralhome.com.