Posted: Mon 8:51 AM, Dec 10, 2012
Lt. Col. (Ret) Joseph I. Martin Jr., of Enterprise, AL passed away Saturday, December 8, 2012 at Medical Center Enterprise. He was 85.
A funeral will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, December 11, 2012 at the Saint John Catholic Church with Father Gregory Okorobia presiding. Interment will be at a later date in Arlington National Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the church on Tuesday beginning at 10:00 a.m. and continuing until service time. In lieu of flowers, the family asked that donations be made to the Saint John Catholic Church, Building Fund, PO Box 311066, Enterprise, AL 36331-1066.
He was born February 24, 1927 in Des Moines, IA to the late Major General Joseph I. Martin Sr. and Margaret Shander Martin. He graduated from West High School in Rockford, IL and earned a BS Degree from the University of Illinois and a MA degree from Baylor University.
He entered the US Army in 1944 and served during WWII, Korean, and Vietnam wars. He served for 24 years earning the rank of Lieutenant Colonel, received many awards and medals, including the Purple Heart, and was a member of DUSTOFF. He served as Administrator of Army Lyster hospital at Ft. Rucker. While at Ft. Rucker, he volunteered for 20 years teaching in the photo-lab. He was a member of the Saint John Catholic church.
In addition to his parents, 2 sisters, Justine Smith and Dolores Tackett and 2 brothers, Col. George W. Martin and Sgt. Robert Martin all preceded him in death.
Survivors include his wife of 50 years, Dolores Martin, Enterprise, AL, 2 daughters: Catherine Martin Johnston (Mark), Opelika, AL, Dr. Sandra Elizabeth Martin, Raleigh, NC, 1 son: Joseph I. Martin (Dee Ryland), Arvada, CO, grandchild: Mikayla Anne Martin, and his favorite canine companion, Max.