Fred Neal Martin, Jr., was born May 9, 1929, in Ardmore, Oklahoma, to the late Fred Neal and Ruth Hall Martin. He passed from this life at the age of 83, early the morning of January 11, 2013, at Mercy Hospital in Ardmore.
A graduate of Midwest City High School, Midwest City, Oklahoma, he then attended Oklahoma University. He spent some 20 years in the oilfields of Oklahoma, working 16 years for Noble Drilling Corporation of Tulsa, Oklahoma. His second career was a boat and motor mechanic with Ardmore Marine for 10 years, and then he opened and operated Marine Services of Lone Grove, Oklahoma, until 1998, when he retired due to health problems.
He married Jeanette Jones, January 12, 1950, in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. They lacked one day celebrating their 63rd anniversary. Fred loved his wife, children and their families, and took great pride in their many accomplishments.
Survivors include his wife, Jeanette of the home; four children, Johncy Martin and wife, Sherry, Darci Brewer and husband, C. W., Tracy Yarbrough and husband, Gary, all of Ardmore, and Kelly Martin of Baltimore, Maryland; nine grandchildren, Brad Martin, Mannsville, Amy Ponder, Ardmore, Lee Martin, Purdy, Michael Martin, Ardmore, Ryan Martin, Baltimore, Md., Michelle Brewer, Tulsa, Travis Brewer, Broken Arrow, Eric Yarbrough, Ardmore and Leah Yarbrough, Oklahoma City; 18 great-grandchildren and five great-great-grandchildren, plus two on the way.
In addition to his parents; a brother, Tag Martin; and infant sister, Dorothy Sue, preceded him in death.
Per his request, no services will be held and his body was donated to the Oklahoma Health Sciences Center.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the charity of choice.