Gerald R. Martin, 79, passed away Wednesday, February 14th, 2018 at his home. Gerald was born March 19, 1938 in Stamford, TX to J.W. and Dorothy Martin and was a 1956 graduate of Stamford High School. He received his Bachelor’s degree from North Texas State College and his Master’s degree from the University of Texas. On October 10th, 1959 he married Barbara Wright in Odessa, TX and they remained married until her death in 2005. Gerald and his family moved to Hobbs, NM in 1968 to begin his career at New Mexico Junior College. He taught mathematics for many years eventually becoming the Dean of the Health Science and Engineering Department. He had a passion for teaching and chose to end his career back in the classroom encouraging students to complete their education and reach their potential. Gerald spent his leisure time taking his family fishing and camping. He was an avid and competitive golfer and enjoyed playing golf with his friends and especially his family. Gerald was often seen at Ocotillo Golf course working on his game and hunting golf balls in the caliche pit next to the old #8 fairway. His proudest moment while playing golf Ocotillo was making a hole in one on #6. He also loved baseball and took advantage of any opportunity to watch a minor or major league game.
Gerald was preceded in death by his parents J.W. and Dorothy, his sister Myrna, his wife Barbara and an infant son Bert. He is survived by his two children, Gerald “Bud” Martin and wife, Lori, from Hamptonville, NC; his daughter Gina Ruthart and her husband, Rodney, from Amarillo, TX; and his grandchildren Brayden Ruthart, Kati Ruthart, Alexandra Martin and Tessica Martin.
I just found out about the loss of your father he was an awesome man I used to get pecans from him all the time he's going to be dearly missed
Lori ThomasLovington, NM
Gina so sorry to hear of your father’s death. We only got the information this morning. Please give me a call at 806-350-7651. Be assured of our prayers. Valoise
Valoise davenportAmarillo, TX
Bud & Gina,
I am so very sorry for your loss. We all loved your dad and his sense of humor. We had a lot of fun times and memories as next door neighbors. Thank you all for allowing us to be a part of your lives. From our perspective, your dad was so wonderful in countless ways. He helped me from time to time with my Calculus at the NMJC. Best of all, he and Frank Byars helped mom while my father was sick. Your dad is TRULY a great man. Thank you all for allowing us the honor of getting to call him a friend.
Love you all,
Scott CurryLUBBOCK, TX
I'm so sorry for your loss. You and your family are in my Thoughts and Prayers.
Tim McGlothlinHobbs, NM
We loved Gerald and Barbara and you kiddos so much! What great neighbors and church family you all were for our family. So sad to hear of Gerald’s passing. Our hearts and prayers are with you and all the family!❤️
Milo & Sherry BrownArlington, TX
Dear Bud, your father must have been a wonderful father, he sounds like a man of passion, for his family, for helping others, encouraging students. No wonder you're an amazing person with such a good role model in your corner. Camping and fishing, golfing and a hole in one! You all have my heart felt condolences for your loss but he sure lived and has left a legacy that will carry on through his children, grandchildren and the future generations. Love, Stephanie
Mr. Bud and family. I a very sorry for your loss. Players for strength during this difficult time. God Bless
Vicki BurgessHamptonville, NC
Rest in Peace, Gerald. You will be truly missed.
Donna SpringerHobbs, NM