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Franklin D Martin
  • November 18, 1936
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  • July 19, 2012

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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. You can visit Baldwincreamations.com, obituaries, Franklin D martin, to view photos, leave condolences, etc. He will be greatly missed and in our hearts forever.  

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  1. 27 Jul 2012
    Tom and Carolyn Dorman says:
    Barbara and Morgan....our love and prayers are with you both. We are so sorry and wanted you to know you are in our prayers.
    Love,
    Tom and Carolyn Dorman

  2. 27 Jul 2012
    Carol & Lloyd says:
    Our lives are just a little richer for having known Frank for the short period that we did. We will keep memories of the wonderful and cheerful person that he was. Rest in Peace Frank. We will miss you.

  3. 27 Jul 2012
    Melanie says:
    Aunt Barbara and Morgan, My Uncle Frank will be dearly missed as I loved him a lot! One day when I get on Wheel of Fortune it will be in his honor. I will keep him in my heart forever and was so lucky to have him as my uncle for 42 1/2 yrs. love and appreciate you both a lot! RIP Uncle Frank, until we meet again, love you always!

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  25. 23 Jul 2012
    Christie says:
    Life is but a stopping place,
    A pause in what's to be,
    A resting place along the road,
    to sweet eternity.
    We all have different journeys,
    Different paths along the way,
    We all were meant to learn some things,
    but never meant to stay...
    Our destination is a place,
    Far greater than we know.
    For some the journey's quicker,
    For some the journey's slow.
    And when the journey finally ends,
    We'll claim a great reward,
    And find an everlasting peace,
    Together with the lord

    Rest In Peace Uncle Franklin

  26. 23 Jul 2012
    Kathy & Stan says:
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  27. 21 Jul 2012
    Mary Joyce says:
    Barbara, my thoughts and prayers are with you. I ask the Lord to be with you in your time of sorrow. I love you and Franklin and will miss him very much. Love You.

  28. 20 Jul 2012
    Ann Alday says:
    Uncle Franklin will miss your sense of humor it was fun picking at you....Tell Granny I said hey miss her..

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