Gary Lee “Butch” Martin, 73, of Syracuse, IN passed away at 11:41 a.m. on Tuesday, July 5, 2022 at Goshen Hospital. He was born on September 16, 1948 in Mishawaka, IN to John E. & & Ruth (Jefferies) Martin.
He grew up in Mishawaka, graduated from Mishawaka High School & Michiana College of Commerce, lived in South Bend for 30+ years and moved to the Syracuse area in 2014 from Boise, ID. He was married to Wendy Meek who preceded him on March 1, 1990. He then married on September 14, 1991 in Mishawaka to Joan G. Stutzman who survives. He formerly worked as a fireman at White Farm Equipment in South Bend.
He attended The Sanctuary Church in Syracuse. He loved sports of all kinds, especially baseball & anything Notre Dame. He also enjoyed traveling and western movies.
He is survived by:
Wife – Joan Martin of Winona Lake
Daughter – Rachel (Ivan) Flores of Round Hill, VA
Daughter – Jessica (Patrick) Baumgardner of Concord, NC
3 Stepchildren – Julie (Pete) Fields of Donnelly, ID, Jeff (Pam) Miller of Pierceton, and Kate Miller of Boise, ID
4 Grandchildren – Audrey Miller & Caleb Flores and Riley & Sawyer Baumgardner
3 Sisters – Sue (Terry) Holderead of Asheville, NC, Carolyn (David) Lewis of Niles, MI, and Becky Fornier of Helena, MT
He was preceded in death by his parents, 1st wife Wendy Meek, and 5 brothers – Fred, John, Donnie, Jerry, and Bud Martin.
Visitation will be from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 Noon on Monday, July 11, 2022 at The Sanctuary, 10121 N. St. Rd. 13, Syracuse, IN. Funeral services will follow at 12:00 Noon in the church with Pastor Craig Fritchley officiating. Graveside services will be at 3:00 p.m. on Monday in the Etna Green Cemetery.
Preferred memorials may be given to the Gary Martin Funeral Fund, c/o Owen Family Funeral Home, 1001 S. Huntington St., Syracuse, IN 46567. To send condolences to the family of Gary martin, please visit www.titusfuneralhome.com