West Hill Cemetery
Dean & Geneva Martin
The Herald Democrat
22 Nov 2009
SHERMAN - Dean Martin of Sherman, 101-year-old longtime Grayson
County attorney, passed away Thursday, Nov. 19, 2009 at Sherman Healthcare
Services will be 2 p.m. Monday, Nov. 23, 2009 at the Western Heights
Church of Christ. Joe Ed Furr, minister of the church, will officiate and
he will be assisted by Olden Cook. The burial will follow at West Hill
Cemetery. Arrangements are under the direction of Waldo Funeral Home.
Dean was born Feb. 11, 1908 in Elk City, Oklahoma, the son of L.F.
Martin and Ruby Pearl Stockwell Martin. He attended schools in Elk City
where he graduated from high school and then attended a junior college
for one year. He then attended the University of Oklahoma for one year
and graduated from Jefferson School of Law in Dallas, in March 1937. He
had learned to be a barber at his father's barber shop and actually worked
his way through law school working as a barber. He served in the U.S. Army
Air Corps during World War II, stationed at Perrin Air Base, and married
Geneva Graham on February 18, 1945 in McKinney.
Dean opened Martin Law Office in Sherman and in June 1959 was appointed
county attorney. He was elected county attorney in the Fall of 1959 and
was re-elected for four more years in 1963. He resumed his private law
practice in Grayson County from 1969 until his eventual retirement. He
also held other offices as appeal agent for the Draft Board from 1956 -1971,
former president of the Grayson Bar Association, former president of the
Exchange Club (a former civic club) and was appointed Honorary Texas Colonel
in 1961. He was a member of the Sherman Kiwanis Club for 35 years, Grayson
County Bar Association for 40 years and Woodlawn Country Club for 35 years.
Dean loved to play golf and won a championship golf tournament at
Perrin Air Base in June 1945. He also enjoyed playing golf regularly at
Woodlawn Country Club in addition to watching football and baseball. He
won his freshman letter in baseball at Oklahoma University several years
He was a member of the Church of Christ for 74 years, including
Walnut Street Church of Christ, Travis Street Church of Christ and Western
Heights Church of Christ. He served his church as an elder for 38 years
from June 1959 until February 1998.
Known by his loving family as "Chewing Gum Man" and "Deno", he is
survived by his wife, Geneva "Gene" Martin of Sherman; daughters, Betty
Baldwin and husband Chuck of Sherman and Katha Winther and husband Chris
of San Diego, Calif.; grandchildren, Christine Perdue, Paul Perdue, Jacob
Baldwin, Kirsten Winther and Chris Martin Winther; also three great grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, a son, Michael John Martin in
1959, and a brother, Ferril Martin.
Pallbearers will be Elders at Western Heights Church of Christ.
Dean will lie in state at Waldo Funeral Home on Sunday for anyone
wishing to view and pay their respects.
to the West Hill Cemetery