In Memory


John Wesley Martin, a member of the Norman High School class of 1966, passed away peacefully on October 26, 2016.

John was born in Stratford, Okla., on January 6, 1948. He was blessed with and survived by his wife, Ruth Olivares Martin, and son, Wesley Warren Martin. He is further survived by his mother, Margria Viola Martin of Eufaula, Okla.; sister, Dean Howard of Norman; Brinda Warren and husband, Stephen of Checotah, Okla.; Kay McCullar and husband, Tommy of Checotah, Okla.; and brother, Terry Martin and wife, Linda, of Eufaula, Okla. He was predeceased by his father, Alva Chester Martin; two brothers, Chester and Glenn Martin; and two sisters, Patsy Martin and Linda Jacobs.

After John graduated from Norman High School, he received an honorable discharge from the Army National Guard after serving seven years.

John started his jewelry career soon after high school, which evolved into a successful, privately owned jewelry business specializing in custom-designed jewelry. John's humor, compassion, zest for life and vibrant spirit will be missed by all his family and friends.

In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made, in memory of John, to the First Presbyterian Church of Richardson, Texas.

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10/30/16 03:04 PM #1    

Carol Hickman (Haynes)

I was so sad to wake up this morning to read in the newspaper that another dear friend from our class had passed away. John was such a nice guy, always kind and considerate with a great smile and a zest for life. I remember how he and Carla Boeskin Zewezlin were good buddies and enjoyed many laughs over the years. Carla, unfortunately passed away many years ago in her forties. It does my heart good to imagine John and Carla enjoying good laughs together again! They were both friends of mine whom I miss. Over the years, John made it to a reunion or two and introduced me to his wife, Ruth. Ruth is a lovely lady and the love of his life! Together they had one son Wesley, whom they were both so proud of. John was a great jewelry designer and had a very successful company in Dallas. I had called John before our fortieth reunion to encourage he and Ruth to attend. In the conversation, I found out about his company and told him about my oldest son, Jayson, was living in Dallas and beginning to shop for an engagement ring. Of course I got all the information and Jayson and John got together to design a very beautiful ring for my now beautiful daughter-in-law, Shay. From that day forward, Jay and John had a nice friendship leading to many other designs from John. Jay also sent numerous fraternity brothers of his to John. Just six months ago John and Jay got together again for yet another design. Jayson and Shay were so glad they got to see him again. John was a great designer and honest and trustworthy jeweler and friend. We all will really miss John.

Rest well my friend,

Carol Hickman Haynes 

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