Ronald Stephen Martin
September 2, 1941  -  May 17, 2017

Ronald Stephen Martin

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Chapel of Hope
3321 N. Dal Paso
Hobbs, NM  88240
Friday, May 19, 2017
8:00 am - 7:00 pm
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Funeral Service
Chapel of Hope
3321 N. Dal Paso St.
Hobbs, NM  88240
Saturday, May 20, 2017
10:00 am
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Ronald Stephen Martin, age 75, a resident of Hobbs, NM passed away on Wednesday, May 17, 2017. He was born on September 2, 1941 in Crocker, Missouri. He grew up in Hobbs, graduating from Hobbs High School in 1959. Ronnie went to work for the U.S. Post Office in 1961 and retired in 1998. He married the love of his life and his biggest fan, Dorothy McBroom on September 2, 1961 and they remained inseparable for the next 47 years until her passing. Ronnie was a loving and devoted dad to his daughter, Kim. He adored his three grandchildren, Dylan, Cassi and Luke. His face would light up anytime they were around and he loved being their “Dude”.

There has never been a bigger baseball fan than Ronnie. He had a passion for the game that most people could never understand. He was the founder of the West Texas-New Mexico Men’s Baseball League and played baseball well into his 50’s. He hit his last homerun at the age of 51. He also loved instilling his passion for the game to hundreds of young boys over the years on several different teams, but especially on the Lion’s Club. He believed that baseball wasn’t just a game, it also taught discipline and many life lessons.

Ronnie is preceded in death by his wife, Dorothy McBroom Martin; his son, Ronald Stephen Martin, Jr.; his parents, Dallas and Gladys Martin; siblings, John Martin, Donna Martin Houser and Jerry Martin and his Father in Law, W.T. “Mac” McBroom.

He is survived by his daughter, Kim and husband, Freddie Gonzales, Jr.; grandson, Dylan Wisneski and fiancée, Karissa; granddaughter and “Princess”, Cassandra Wisneski; grandson, Lucas Wisneski; Mother in Law, Marjorie McBroom; sister, Bettye Whitehead; brother, Dennis Martin and wife, Susan; brother in law, Don McBroom and wife, Carlann and numerous nieces and nephews.


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  1. Gregory Lalire
    Leesburg, VA

    In 1978 when I moved to Hobbs, N.M. to write sports I was 26 years old and hadn't played baseball since Little League. But Ronnie Martin, recognizing I was someone who loved baseball almost as much as him and who just might learn to hit a curveball with the proper coaching, got me to join his Hobbs A's of the West TexasNew Mexico Men's Baseball League. I soon cherished his friendship and had two wonderful seasons of Sunday ball before moving on to other places and other things. But we stayed in touch all these years, never tiring of talking baseball together on the phone and three or four more times in person. His wife, Dorothy, had always been especially nice to me, too. You had a great Dad, Kim (and a great mother, too). The Hobbs A's and Ronnie Martin will always remain close to my heart.

  2. Dean Grinnell
    Joplin, MO

    Kim and family. I sure enjoyed working, playing and coaching with Ronnie. He was a very positive influence on everybody he was around. He was a great friend and we had a lot of laughs together over the years. We will miss him. You are all in our thoughts and prayers. Dean,Carol, Michael, Eric

  3. Kendall Bickley
    Hobbs, NM

    What a wonderful man congrats on crossing home plate for the last time on earth only to be called up to the big leagues of heaven!!

  4. Julie Martin
    Midland, TX

    Uncle Ronnie was a dear and funny man. I cherish my memories of early life being able to be in his and Aunt Dorothy's life and home. He will be missed. Say hi to daddy for me Uncle Ronnie. Love you! Julie

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