Garland Ned Martin obituary photo
 
In Memory of

Garland Ned Martin

August 8, 1917 - March 28, 2015

Obituary


Garland Ned Martin, 97, of Austin Texas passed away on March 28, 2015. He was born on August 8, 1917 in Blackwell, Texas to James Kenyon and Ora Martin. He is survived by his daughters Nedelyn Kauffman and her husband Britt, Betty Feldman and her husband Henry; his son Worthy Martin and his wife Connie Burt: granddaughters Robin Kauffman, Erin Kauffman, Leah Feldman and Jessica Feldman, and scores of nieces and nephews. He is predeceased by his wife of 68 years, Evelyn and 5 brothers and 3 sisters.
Ned received his Masters in Chemistry from...

Garland Ned Martin, 97, of Austin Texas passed away on March 28, 2015. He was born on August 8, 1917 in Blackwell, Texas to James Kenyon and Ora Martin. He is survived by his daughters Nedelyn Kauffman and her husband Britt, Betty Feldman and her husband Henry; his son Worthy Martin and his wife Connie Burt: granddaughters Robin Kauffman, Erin Kauffman, Leah Feldman and Jessica Feldman, and scores of nieces and nephews. He is predeceased by his wife of 68 years, Evelyn and 5 brothers and 3 sisters.
Ned received his Masters in Chemistry from the University of Texas in 1943. He received his Ensign's commission in the US Navy the same week he graduated from the university and served in the Pacific War during World War II. During the war his ship, The Princeton, was torpedoed and sunk. He was rescued by a destroyer nearby but many of his shipmates were not as fortunate.
Also in 1943 he married his beautiful wife Evelyn and they started their family in Austin after spending a year in Chicago.
Ned worked for 35 years at Steck / Hart Graphics Printing Company. When he retired in 1982 he was the Sr. Vice President of Operations.
He was a gardener extraordinaire and was one of the founding members of the Men's Garden Club. He was instrumental in the planning of the Zilker Park Gardens and remained active in the Austin Garden Club until his early 90's.
After retiring he applied his gift of gardening to Gullett Elementary School where he created many beautiful gardens, restored an unusable greenhouse and helped the teachers show the children how to plant a vegetable garden year after year. All the children knew Mr. Martin and his little dog Chili.
He volunteered at Gullett from 1984 to 2003 and during that time he was awarded Volunteer of the Year in both 1987 and 2001 from the Austin Independent School District. The Greenhouse at Gullett is called 'Mr. Martin's Greenhouse', and a bronze bust of him is displayed at the school.
Please join in a celebration of Ned's life on Saturday, May 9, 2015 at 1:00pm at the Cook-Walden Funeral Home on North Lamar.