Lloyd C. Martin
Lloyd C. Martin was born September 14, 1932, to Lee Alvin and Alice Ann Martin at their home in the George Community located in the western part of Madison County, Texas. He was named after his daddy's oldest brother whose name was Lloyd Charlie Martin, except he was given only a "C" as his middle name. In his youth and until he enlisted in the United States Air Force, he was called simply "L.C." Once he had an office of his own, the person answering the telephone knew that if the caller asked for "L.C." that the person had grown up with him.

He attended school in Normangee from the first through the twelfth grade, graduating in 1949. Upon graduation from high school, he enrolled in Sam Houston State Teachers College. He served in the Air Force from December 29, 1950, until December 29, 1954. He was trained as a gunner on B-29 bombers. In 1952, he was sent to Japan where he served for 6 months as a Tail Gunner on B-29s. He flew 39 bombing missions over North Korea. Upon returning to the United States, he served the rest of his enlistment as a gunner on a B-50 combat ready crew stationed at Roswell, New Mexico.

Upon his discharge from the Air Force, he returned to school at Sam Houston State Teacher College. In 1955, he married Marilyn Sue Hatch of Roswell, New Mexico. He graduated with a BBA Degree in 1956. He then moved to Odessa, Texas where he worked for the City of Odessa.

While in Odessa, he and an Assistant City Attorney stopped at a truck stop café while on a business trip. To Lloyd's surprise, the Assistant City Attorney ordered a shrimp cocktail. The waitress did not know what he was talking about and neither did the cook. He gave up and ordered what Lloyd had chosen. When they walked out of the truck stop café, Lloyd looked back over his shoulder and thought, "I thought you had to be extra smart to be an attorney." Lloyd determined that if this attorney can't tell by looking at this truck stop café that it does not serve shrimp cocktails, maybe I should look into going to law school. Consequently, he applied to the University of Texas Law School and was subsequently accepted.

He entered the University of Texas Law School in the fall of 1957, and studied diligently. On the Monday of final exams, he woke up with the mumps. He was taken to the University Hospital where he had a 102 fever that lasted for ten days. The Dean of the Law School was advised of his hospitalization, and sent his secretary to deliver his final exams to the nurses who supervised his taking of the final exams. This saved his law school career, as he could not afford to start over. As a consequence of this, he has contributed financially to the University of Texas Law School each year since his graduation.

While attending law school, he ran for and was elected as State Representative for Madison, Leon, and Freestone Counties. He served two terms as State Representative and did not seek reelection. During his first term he was appointed as a member to the House of Representatives General Investigation Committee. This committee conducted an investigation into crime and payoffs to local officials in Beaumont and Jefferson Counties. This investigation was concluded with a televised hearing in which numerous officials were subpoenaed to attend and testify.

After his graduation from the University of Texas, he began his law practice in Madisonville that lasted about one year. He then returned to Austin to accept a position as Assistant Attorney General of Texas. He served on the staff of the Attorney General of Texas for three and one-half years. During the last six month of his tenure he was assigned to represent the Texas Department of Corrections.

In September 1966, he and his family moved to Huntsville. On October 23, 1966, he and his wife joined the First Baptist Church of Huntsville, where they remained as members until their deaths.

In January 1967, he accepted a position as Senior Project Attorney for the construction of the Livingston Reservoir by the Trinity River Authority of Texas. He was employed full time from 1967 through 1969, where he was assigned to file condemnation suits in order to obtain title to the land to be covered by the Livingston reservoir.

In January 1970, he joined Mr. Robert B. Smither in the practice of law and the operation of the Walker County Title Company. He remained in private law practice and in the operation of Walker County Title Company from January 1, 1970, until his death.

He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Huntsville, the Walker County Bar Association, The Texas Bar Association and the College of the State Bar of Texas. He was a Fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation and a Keeton Fellow of the University of Texas School of Law. He was board certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization in Commercial Real Estate Law, Residential Real Estate Law, and Farm and Ranch Real Estate Law.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Alice Ann Martin, his father, Lee Alvin Martin, his sons, David Scott Martin and Larry Alvin Martin, his wife, Marilyn Sue Martin, and his brother Gary Lee Martin. He is survived by his son and his wife, Bruce A. Martin and wife, Sonya Martin of Frisco and their two children David Bailey Martin and Alice Ann Martin, his grandson Alvin Lloyd Martin and wife, Malori C. Martin of Huntsville, his granddaughter Magen Nichole Hamrick and husband, Don Hamrick of Lovelady and their two children Colby Taylor and Cort Hamrick, his sister Vida Jean Stover of Missouri City; and his companion and special friend, Gisela K. Allen of Huntsville.

PALLBEARERS

The pallbearers are Alvin Lloyd Martin, David Bailey Martin, Brent Lee Martin, Bobby Dean Privette, Ricky Gene Karonka and Mark Steven Karonka.

HONORARY PALLBEARERS

The officers and employees of Smither, Martin and Henderson, P.C. and Walker County Title Company.

In lieu of flowers a memorial contribution may be made to George Cemetery Association or a charity of your choice.

George Cemetery Association
P.O. Box 832
Normangee, Texas 77871

A Visitation will be held on Friday, September 27th between 5:30pm-7:30pm at Sam Houston Memorial Funeral Home in Huntsville. The Funeral Service will be held on Saturday September 28th at First Baptist Church in Huntsville at 1:00pm. There will be a Graveside Service on September 28th at 4:00pm at Sand Prairie Baptist Church located at 12652 FM 1452, Noramngee, Texas 77871. Condolences to the family may be made at www.shmfh.com.
Published on September 25, 2019

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Ann Baker and Family
Sep 28, 2019
Our condolences for the loss of Mr. Martin. I met him through my neighbor across the street. He was such a kind and caring gentleman. May God bless you.
Dennis and Linda Peters
Sep 27, 2019
As an attorney, I have known Lloyd for many years and have seen him at the track on several occasions. He will be missed by many.