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William "Bill" Martin '64 February 15, 2017 12:52 PM updated: February 15, 2017 12:57 PM

Memorial Park Funeral Services obituary
8525 Mid Cities Blvd
North Richland Hills, TX 76182
Telephone: (817) 428-9500

William Woodward Martin
April 19, 1937 - February 1, 2017

William W. “Bill” Martin, passed away peacefully February 1, 2017 having been surrounded by his five children and eldest grandchild. Born April 19, 1937 in Dallas, TX to James W. Martin and Genevieve Achenbach Martin, he became an architect and proud Aggie in 1964. A teaching position in the architecture department at Arlington State College, now UTA, 50+ years ago ultimately brought him to Fort Worth where he made his home for the remainder of his life. A respected local architect and illustrator, his work is visible all over FW, Arlington, Tarrant County, and Nacogdoches.

Golf, a lifelong passion of Bill’s, made Fort Worth’s Colonial Golf Tournament a highly anticipated yearly event. Seeing Tiger Wood’s first appearance, and the historic game by Anika Sorensen paled in comparison to one of the most important highlights of his life: playing in the famed pro-am tournament.

Art, in all forms and also a passion, was evident in his work, his life, and in his retirement. He loved going to exhibits at museums and held local landmark, the Kimball Art Museum, in highest esteem for it represented both art and architecture. One could not visit that museum with him without also having him as unofficial docent of the museum’s architectural history and importance, always an added bonus to attending with him. At age 79 he added “children’s book illustrator” to his post- retirement resume; children’s book, MoBanda, published in 2016, was completed when he was 76 and is only one of the many legacies he leaves to his family.
Most people who know Bill Martin know him as a man of faith and service to others as well as a proud Mason of Masonic Temple #1195. His endless desire to help people and to leave the world a better place than when he entered it was the core and heart of Bill Martin, second only to his family which is his greatest legacy. Watching and helping his children and grandchildren grow into mature adults and contributing citizens of the nation he so loved, was his greatest source of pride and joy.

He is survived by his sister, Mary Louisa “Polly” Baugh of Arlington, his three daughters Lisa Martin of Mansfield, Anna (and Mark) Landgren of Centennial, CO, Rachael (and Marcus) Boucher of Bedford and grandson Maxwell Boucher, in addition to the sons Chuck(and Kimberly) Whitt of Little Elm, and Chad Whitt plus grandchildren Wesley, Holley, and Walker Whitt of Fort Worth, TX.

Memorial service is to be held Feb. 25 at 10 am at Memorial Park Funeral Services, 852 Mid-Cities Blvd. North Richland Hills, TX 76182.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Arnold Palmer’s charity,
Please list in notation "Donation in the name of late William Woodward (Bill) Martin 1937-2017."


FEB 25. 10:00 AM

Memorial Park Funeral Services
8525 Mid Cities Blvd
North Richland Hills, TX, US, 76182

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