E.O. Martin, 84, of Bowie, passed away Thursday, June 7, 2012, in Bowie.
Memorial services will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, June 12, 2012, at the First Christian Church of Bowie with Kristi Hand officiating. Arrangements are under the direction of White Family Funeral Home of Bowie.
Mr. Martin was born May 2, 1928 near Seminole, Okla., to Erza and Rubia (Gill). He attended Sweetwater High School in San Diego, Calif., but finished up his high school career in Maud, Okla. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1946-47, and married Marvella Crook on May 1, 1948 in Maud, Okla. He graduated from East Central State College in Ada, Okla., and was employed to coach basketball at his home high school in Maud.
Mr. Martin got a summer job with Warren Petroleum Corporation in Wichita Falls and moved to Texas. Once in Texas, he applied for a basketball coaching position at Petrolia, but instead was named principal for six years. He later became superintendent of schools at Gold-Burg for seven years and served as Elementary Principal at the Georgetown School for two years before coming to Bowie ISD, were he was business manager, assistant superintendent for business and assistant superintendent of schools in his first three year. The board of education named him superintendent of schools in July of 1971 and he retired in December of 1985.
Mr. Martin served as City Manager of Bowie for several months and also as Mayor of Bowie. He was named “Man of the Year” by the Bowie Chamber of Commerce and serviced his church as President of the Board of the Lake Brownwood Christian Retreat for three terms. He also took pride in Rotary International, where he served as President of Bowie Rotary and was honored as a Paul Harris Fellow.
He and Marvella traveled after her retirement and visited 49 states, Baja California, Mainland Mexico, and all the provinces of Canada.