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.