MARTIN, MICHAEL (MIKE) DEAN – Visitation for Michael Dean Martin, age 64 of Roswell, NM, will be held from 11:00 AM to 7:00 PM, Tuesday and Wednesday, September 25 and 26, 2018 at LaGrone Funeral Chapel. A Funeral Service at 11:00 AM, Thursday, September 27, 2018 at The Church of Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Burial will follow at South Park Cemetery with Bishop Ron Wiser officiating.
Mike was born October 1, 1953 in Altus, AR to Sylvester (Vester) Martin and Jewell Faught. He lived in Coal Hill, AR and graduated from Coal Hill High School where he realized his love and ability for basketball, which followed him through most of his early years, as few people knew.
Joining the Air Force in 1972, brought Mike to New Mexico, where he eventually made Roswell his home. Coming from a family of dedicated truckers, Mike carried on the tradition and started out with one old blue Freightliner. His passion for trucking, and all that it involved, gave birth to his own trucking company, MJM Trucking, Inc., in business for nearly 40 years.
Those who called Mike their friend, learned what a friend really was. No one was more dedicated and loyal to friends than Mike. He was proud of his friends and they were proud of him.
Mike met and married Donna Hudson in Roswell. There were no children, so they made up for it with numerous pets.
In 2010, Mike found a deeper love even more than trucking and that was his church and all that it stands for. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.
Mike is survived by his wife, Donna Martin of the family home; sister, Shirley Martin of Fayetteville, AR; brother, Paul Martin and wife, Sandy of Coal Hill, AR.
Mike was preceded in death by his parents, Vester and Jewell Martin; step-father, Herbert Stone; brothers, Floyd Martin, Boyd Martin, Lewis Martin, Billy Martin, Jerry Martin and sister, Betty Powell.
Pallbearers will be FJ Hudson, Brande Hudson, Clifford Owen, Robert Owen, Paul Troublefield and Jim (Rob) Kopp. Honorary pallbearers will be Buck Gibson, Paul Martin and John Eckstein.
I'm so very sorry for your loss, losing those we love is the hardest thing we have to experience. Our heavenly father will comfort and help you heal, psalms 34:18
Lisa Oliver, NM
Donna I am so very sorry to hear that Mike passed away. I have such wonderful memories of our many years of friendship. May God give you strength during this stressful time and heal your heart. Love Helen
Helen CurrinLacona, IA
Donna.... I am so sorry to hear about Mike's passing.
My thoughts and prayers are with you always.
Cathy BakerRoswell, NM
I just know grandma Janelle and my mom are so thrilled to welcome you with open arms in heaven. Nell’s finally gets her love back.. ❤️ Love your grandchild, Brianna Hare and great grandchild Bryleigh Byrd. Love you grandpa Mike!!
Brianna HareHobbs, NM
I was so blessed to have met Mike and Donna a few years ago and never saw Mike upset or even act like he was in pain. He was such a awesome man and he loved his Wife so much I remember getting a real heart felt laugh from him a few times and I will miss him so much. God really did gain an angel when he took Mike
Anita lidyRoswellMike, NM
Donna, I graduated from coal hill high school with Mike, he was a wonderful guy! I haven't seen him in a very long time but everytime I seen his sister Shirley, I always ask about Mike. I am so very sorry for your lost, praying for God to comfort you during this sad and hard time...Kay Bartlett Helmert
Kay Bartlett HelmertOZARK, AR
Our thoughts and prayers are with you all during this time of sorrow. Mike was a wonderful cousin to us and will truly be missed. We know he’s with his brothers and parents who have been called home already and has no physical problems now, God blesses him with a new body. Much love to all of you!
John and Shirley CastiauxCookeville, TN
So sorry for your loss...Prayers going your way!!
Brenda L DayRosenberg, TX
God so abundantly blessed me with you. Eternally grateful.
Donna MartinRoswell, NM 88203, NM
Donna - Betty and I are saddened by Mike's passing. All our condolences. Bob and Betty Ullery
Robert UlleryRoswell, NM