Michael D. Martin began his travels on the road of life May 17, 1944 in Clarksville, Tennessee. He was the third of five children born to Myrtle and Zebe Martin.
Michael was educated in the Montgomery County School System, attending Cobb Elementary and Burt High School. Once he completed school, he gained employment at A.O. Smith (State Stove) where he worked for over 30 years. After retiring, Michael found great pleasure in spending time with family and old friends sharing memories of days gone by. Michael LOVED to drive and was always ready to go anywhere at any time. Family was first with Michael, and he was always there for each of us, ready to help however he could.
Michael had a passion for fishing. At the call of his name you'd find him standing with rod and reel in hand ready to cast his lines. He was sometimes thought to be "missing", but if you knew the right riverbanks to look upon, he could easily be found.
Michael's bond with his daughter was a special one. He often stated Melissa was the greatest gift he ever received. He maintained unique relationships with all of his sisters, nieces and nephews, making each to feel as if they could be his favorite.
Michael's faith in God was his own. Because of his beliefs his soul is at peace.
On Sunday evening, October 7, 2018, after years of combating illness with the strength of a warrior, while never surrendering the amazing spirit that was Michael or the joy he found in living, he was summoned by a Higher Power to lay his sword and shield on the battlefield and come home.
It is our hope that Michael has found a river far beyond the clouds where he spends eternity casting his lines into the beautiful waters. To us, he's simply "Gone Fishing".
Michael was preceded in death by his parents and brothers, Kenneth, George and Milan.
Michael leaves to stand on the river's banks: his daughter Melissa Lee, sisters, Leonia Martin of Chicago, IL, Loretta Martin, Marilyn Smith and Carolyn Evon Marsh of Clarksville , TN ; 1 great aunt; a multitude of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends, He also leaves a very special companion in Ms. Lucille "Marie" Daniels and an especially close cousin Ronnie Woods.
"We'll See You At The Cross Roads Michael"