Kenneth Dean Martin

June 23, 1935 – Sept. 20, 2016

MESA, Ariz.—Kenneth Dean Martin, died Sept. 20 at Mesa, Ariz. from complications of Morquio Syndrome. He was 81.

He was a life-long resident of Osage City, until moving to Arizona 10 months ago to spend his final months with his daughter and family.

He was born June 23, 1935, at Topeka, the son of Butts Martin and Eula Mae Hawkins Martin, Topeka. He attended Osage City schools, and graduated from Osage City High School in 1953.

He went on to obtain a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Emporia State University, graduating in 1957. After college, he worked for a short time at Forbes Field Air Force Base as a civilian in the supply department. He then worked as the office and accounts manager for the family business, Martin Materials, until it was sold in 1983.

He drew the architectural plans for dozens of homes in Osage City, and received the honor of naming the city street, Martinwood Drive. He owned the Ford car dealership in Osage City in the 1970’s, during which time he was encouraged to sell his 1969 yellow Chevy Corvette. He opened Martin Bookkeeping and Tax Service in 1983, and ran that business until his retirement in 1994, and continued to maintain the books and taxes for several friends and family until as recently as this spring.

He married Elaine Christy Nov. 22, 1970. Shortly after marrying, they began raising his brother-in-law, Parker, and six years later his daughter, Sarah, was born.

He was a member of the Osage City Lions Club for over 60 years.

He was elected as a city councilman and served from 1988-1992. He was also a member of the Chamber of Commerce. He actively supported the democratic party.

He was an avid photographer, painter and fisherman and enjoyed cars and racing.

He could build anything he set his mind to and many automated inventions that he would design. He is best known for his story-telling abilities.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a step-father, Louis Vialle; and brother-in-law, Parker Christy.

He is survived by Elaine Christy Martin, Emporia; a daughter, Sarah Lindstrom and husband, Bob; his caregiver and “adopted” son, Donnie Warren; three grandchildren, Tessa Warren, Brock Lindstrom, Greta Lindstrom, all of Mesa, Ariz.; two brothers, Bill Martin, Topeka, and Charles Martin, Osage City; a sister, Marcia Huffman, Osage City; three stepbrothers, Darrell Vialle, Brenda, Ariz., Marvin Vialle, Tacoma, Wash., and Regis Vialle, Topeka; and a stepsister, Donna Vialle, Topeka.

He donated his body to medical science as his final gift to help others with his rare condition.

A memorial service will be held 11 a.m. Sept. 24 at Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church, Osage City. Private inurnment of his cremains will be held at a future date.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to establish a scholarship in his honor for physically disabled students at Osage City High School that will be attending college. Donations may be sent to Bank of Osage City in care of the Kenneth Martin Memorial Scholarship Fund, 913 Market Street, Osage City, KS, 66523.

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