Dec. 30, 1939-Feb. 10, 2020

John Earl Martin was born Dec. 30, 1939, to Robert L. and Beulah Martin.

He grew up in Natchitoches and graduated from Natchitoches High School and Northwestern State University where he earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mathematics.  He worked in various fields, including serving as Chief Civil Deputy for Natchitoches Parish.  He began his own real estate appraisal business from which he retired.  John was an active member of Westside Baptist Church.

After a lengthy illness, he passed away surrounded by family at Christus Highland Medical Center in Shreveport Feb. 10, 2020.

He is survived by his wife of 32 years, Louise Mitchell Martin; children, Tina Long, Tammy Rushing (Dwayne), Jason Martin (Kenneth), Bradford Martin (Mary) and Melanie Thomas (Todd).  John was proud to be Paw-Paw to his 12 grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Robert L. and Beulah Martin; and his brother, Robert Gerald Martin (Lois).

A service to honor his life will be at 2 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 13 at Westside Baptist Church with Bro. Steve McAlister and Bro. Bruce Mitchell officiating.  Interment will follow at Fort Jesup Cemetery in Fort Jesup. The family will receive friends from noon until service time Feb. 13 at the church.