Danny Lee Martin, Sr., 62, died Wednesday, December 26, 2007, at M.D. Anderson Hospital in Houston, Texas. The family will greet visitors from 4:00 to 6:00 pm Friday January 4, 2008 at the funeral home until service time. Funeral Services will be held at 6:00 pm at Carnes Brothers Funeral Home in Galveston, Texas. A Masonic burial will be held at 10:00 am, Saturday, January 5, 2008 at Brookside Cemetery in Houston, Texas.
Danny Lee Martin, Sr.
Carnes Brothers Funeral Home
Danny was born August 31, 1945 to Henderson Austin and Opal Ruth McCain Martin in Walters, Oklahoma. Preceded in death by his parents, Danny is survived by his loving wife, Susie Meritt Martin of Galveston; daughter, Pamela Loden and husband Barry of Tupelo, Mississippi; sons, Danny L. Martin, Jr. and wife Mary of Tupelo and Tom Martin and wife Jennifer of Dickinson, Texas; brother, Billy Duane Martin and wife, Linda of Jasper, Texas and David Leon Hart of Snowhill, North Carolina; sisters, Carol J. Garris and husband, Ken and Carrie Ruth Rider and husband, Dennis all of Hookerton, North Carolina; grandchildren April Martin, Adam Loden and Dakota, Loden all of Tupelo and Michael Martin of Dickinson; numerous nieces, nephews cousins and other relatives and many friends,
Danny was so excited when Susie came into his life that she automatically became a mother of 3 and grandmother of 4 on May 19, 2000. When Dan and Susie got married, many friends and family came from all over to the church to wish them on a happy loving life. Dan and Susie shared so many aspects of life and often found themselves knowing exactly what the other wanted or was about to say. They traveled to many places together (mostly with family, the Masons, Shriners, and Daughters of the Nile.) They traveled on a few cruises and began to work part-time as Security Guards at the Galveston Cruise Terminal
Danny joined US Navy March 27, 1963, served on USS Forrestal and USS Cleveland and at Chase Field Naval Air Station as a Radar Technician and Electronic Mechanics. Awarded Vietnam Service Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal, and 2 Good Conduct Awards, Honorable Discharge to Naval Reserve November 1, 1974.
He worked as a cable TV installer and installed many of the cable lines throughout Texas, Louisiana and Mississippi, worked for University of Texas in Austin in Research where he traveled to the South Seas before joining the F.O.A.M. staff at UTMB in Galveston working in Maintenance Electronics. Dan retired from UTMB in 2002 and began to share more of his life with his Masonic/Shrine family. He was a Past Master and Endowed Member of Harmony Lodge #6, AF & AM, as well as an Endowed Member of Tucker Lodge #297, AF & AM. He was serving as Almoner of Galveston Valley Scottish Rite where he was a KCCH 32 degree Mason, and Recorder of the El Mina Shrine Center. He belonged to the International Recorder Association of the Imperial Shrine. He was an active member in the El Mina Shrine Mini T’s Unit where he attended many parades in his Red Antique Ford Truck. He was a Volunteer Driver for the Shriner’s Hospital for Children in Galveston as well as a volunteer with the auxiliary to help in the Clothing Room. He also served on the Advisory Board for Galveston Assembly #9, International Order of the Rainbow for Girls. He was a member of the Galveston Elks Lodge, the Rolls Royce Owners Club, and the UTMB Retirees..
In 2004, when Dan became ill, he did not give up and fought a courageous fight because he had too many things left to do. He was determined to help his “Queen” through her reign in the Daughters of the Nile.
In May 2007, Dan and the love of his life, Susie, moved into their dream home on Galveston Island. It is considered their dream home, his dream garage, and Beau’s dream yard. Their beloved Beau misses him and is still looking around the yard and house for him to come back inside.
He was continuing to come back in his health, and spent a wonderful Thanksgiving trip in North Carolina with all his sisters and brothers. But pneumonia came quickly and took him away the day after Christmas. Susie was by his bedside all through Christmas and when he went peacefully to be with the Lord. Dan will forever be with her. He gave her love that she would never had known without him.
Everyone who knew Dan, knew he was a true Christian and Mason and believed in the true Masonic way of life. Masonry makes good men better by building character and morals. He still remembered the purpose of what Masonry and Shriners is all about. Shriners are not about personal publicity and gain – is it about the Children.
Although his children: Danny L. Martin, Jr., Thomas L. Martin, and Pamela Martin Loden were not always close geographically, they were always close to his heart. He was always proud of his grandchildren: April Martin, Michael Martin, Adam Loden, and Dakota Loden.
Pallbearers will be sons and very close friends. In lieu of flowers memorials in Danny’s name can be made to Shriners Hospital For Children-Galveston Unit-Childlife Dept, El Mina Hospital Patient Transportant Fund, 1510 Tremont, Galveston, Texas 77550, Ramallah Temple, Daughters of the Nile Clothing Room, in carre of Helen D’albergo, 2114 Oak Lawn, La Marque, Texas 77568 or The Galveston Island Animal Shelter.