Mr. Frank Martin, age 75, died at home on July 19th 2012,
Born Nov. 18, 1936, in Greensboro, Fl., He moved to Apopka in 1960, and attended First Baptist Church, where he met Barbara J. King. They got married in 1961, and enjoyed 51 years together. He was an active member of First Baptist Church in Apopka, serving in many rolls, as a Sunday school director, deacon, Sunday school teacher, leader of children’s church services, and training union class leader.
They moved to 720 Sugar Plum Ln. in 1965. He had a craft shop, at home, where he gave ceramic classes for years, as well as around the Central Florida area. He donated ceramic Nativity scenes, he painted, to churches from Apopka to Tupelo Miss., and Dresden Tenn., combining his love for crafts and the special nature of ‘community’ he found within the church.
After graduation he attended a Lab Tech School in Miami, and joined the army in 1956, spending part of his time stationed in France. He worked as a lab technician in doctor’s offices until 1968. He worked for the Postal Service in Apopka and retired from the Postal Service in 1992. After retirement, he continued to work with crafts, antiques, and charitable functions. He also took a job with Liz Claiborne, at the Lake Buena Vista location. He loved to travel, classic movies, and time with a good book.
He is survived by his wife, Barbara, son, J. Morgan Martin, both from Apopka, sister, Mary J. Ulmer, of Whigham Ga., Aunt and uncle Beadie and Albert Clay, of Panama City, and many nieces, nephews, and cousins. Morgan had moved back to the home to help take care of his parents, and will remain in Apopka trying to help re-establish the community and quality of life Apopka was once known for (an example of the values Frank tried to pass on as a parent, friend and neighbor).
He will be missed and remembered by all those who had a chance to experience his forever childlike shenanigans, love of a good joke, and his devoted, honest, caring, and giving nature. As he gave, from what he had, we send him back with thanks for what he was and did with his Life.
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He will be greatly missed and in our hearts forever.