Gary Jerome Martin
October 9, 1949 ~ October 25, 2020
Resided in: College Station , Texas
Gary Jerome Martin was born on October 9, 1949 in Houston, Texas to Juliet (Pinto) Martin and J. Edward Martin. Gary was diagnosed with ALS, Lou Gehrig’s Disease, in February of 2018. He was forever grateful to have realized many of his goals and dreams before his ALS symptoms began. Gary shared his early experiences with ALS in a newsletter to family and friends that he called Travels with Lou. Gary died at home on Sunday evening, October 25
Gary was a man of many achievements. He earned the rank of Eagle Scout. He played bass drum in the Fightin’ Texas Aggie Band for four years. He served aboard diesel submarines in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam War as a Chinese Linguist and cryptanalytic intelligence officer. He was awarded decorations including the Navy Expeditionary Medal and National Defense Medal for his service. It was probably his 40 years as a private pilot, however, that gave him the greatest satisfaction. Gary learned to fly in 1976 and became a commercial and instrument rated pilot and flight instructor, savoring the freedom and joy of flying throughout his life.
Gary valued education. He graduated from Texas A&M in 1971 with a bachelor’s degree and in 1977 received his MBA from Thunderbird School of Global Management in Glendale, Arizona. In 1993 he received a Ph.D. in Educational Administration from Texas A&M. Formal degree programs represent a fraction of the continuing education he sought in order to be the best informed at whatever employment or interest he was pursing. Traveling the world for business and pleasure, visiting all 50 states and dozens of countries on six continents served as his global classroom.
Philanthropy was a cornerstone of Gary’s professional and personal life. He was one of a select group of national philanthropic consultants for Bank of America/Merrill Lynch and held professional fundraising positions with the Texas A&M Foundation, Children’s Medical Center of Dallas, the University of New Hampshire, the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association, and the Institute of Nautical Archaeology at Texas A&M. Gary volunteered his fundraising skills to numerous organizations including The Brazos Valley Symphony, Festival Hill at Round Top and the Aggieland Humane Society. He also served on the board of the Texas A&M Press and was chairman for several years.
Gary should best be remembered as a loyal and loving man who accepted people with an uncritical and open heart. He was adventurous and levelheaded, brain smart and street smart, funny and fun loving.
Gary is survived by his wife Lynn Martin, his mother Juliet Pinto Martin, a brother Richard Martin, a sister Judy Strauss Scott and her husband Woody, his cousin Carolyn Adair and her husband Tom and other members of his large extended family. During his illness Gary received continuous support from his Class of ’71 Fightin’ Texas Aggie Band buddies.
According to Gary’s wishes, his remains will be cremated and there will be no funeral or memorial service. A reception for family and friends will be announced at a later date. Anyone wishing to honor Gary’s memory may do so through the Eternal Aggie Band Fund at the Texas A&M Foundation.
I only knew Gary and Lynn during their stay at Parc at Traditions while renovating their home after his diagnosis for ALS. During that time I had major surgery and for all the burdens in their own life they were so caring and helpful to me. Gary was a great conversationalist and writer. His Travels With Lou were amazing stories. He will be missed
by all who were blessed to know him.
Gary was an irrepressible spirit and a dear friend. I shall miss him deeply.
Gary was my “old lady” (Aggie-speak for “roommate”) a couple of times whilst in the Fightin’ Texas Aggie Band. We campaigned together when he ran for (and WON!) the position of Sophomore Class President…. He was a super guy, and dear friend. I loved him, and will miss him….
Fair Winds, and Following Seas….
Gig Them… Whoop….
Jim Sterling “BQ²”
I will miss him so much. A visit with the Martins were always a highlight in my childhood. ❤️
Gary Martin was exceptionally smart, well spoken, engaging, funny, kind, generous, and a great friend. He handled his illness with courage that was inspirational. Miss you, Gary.
He sounds like an extraordinary person and I am sorry I never met him.
Beautiful tribute! So sorry I didn’t have the privilege to meet him .
Gary was a great upperclassman in the Aggie Band. He carried the bass drum directly behind me my fish year in the band. Through all the movements, countermarches, flanks, and sudden reverses for the lost Indian, he never even brushed me with that big drum, flying around behind me. It only made sense that he went into fundraising for our good causes. I seem to remember that he was also a volunteer with fire department in College Station as well. A good friend lost too soon!
David Stockard, Aggie Band ’73
I met Gary and Lynn through his affiliation with the Institute for Nautical Archaeology. He was always ready with a smile and genuine interest in whatever I was doing. Over the years, each time we bumped into each other there was always that smile and the conversation seemed to continue as if it hadn’t been months or years since the last time we spoke. Lynn, please accept our deepest sympathies and virtual hugs. Helen Dewolf & Wayne Smith
I was privileged to meet Lynn and Gary as part of the A&M Press several years ago. I became friends with Lynn and therefore, Gary. He was not only accomplished in many areas and very intelligent (Chinese linguist!), he had a great sense of humor, both wry and very witty. He showed me he was compassionate and listened by his actions. They both rescued dogs, and that shows a good deal of caring. I always enjoyed being around them both, and although there will be a huge hole of missing Gary’s physical presence, I look forward to spending many more years with you, Lynn.
I met Gary through his cousin and my boss at the time, Carolyn Adair, and we were house-sitting roommates for a short time. Later, Gary, Lynn, Roxie and I went with the A&M Ski Club to Vail/Beaver Creek and had the best time. He was, as others have described, funny, accepting, and smart. He entertained us for hours on the side of the road in Chillicothe, Texas when the bus broke down on the way to Colorado. He truly exemplified what it meant to be a Soldier, Statesman, Knightly Gentleman. Peace and loving memories to Lynn and family. Here. ~ Don Albrecht ’76 and Roxie Pranglin ’78
The Brazos Valley Symphony board was one of the many settings in which Gary shared his knowledge, commitment and sensitivity. His ideas were stimulating, his knowledge impressive, but beyond those impressive talents was his clear caring and sensitivity to all with whom he dealt. Gary made a difference in the lives he touched. Although too short, his was a life will lived.
I was around Gary only a few times but he always impressed me by being affable, bright, witty and very well spoken. Lynn and I worked together as school administrators in Bryan and, Lynn, I’m so sorry for your loss. Gary was a special guy.
I grew up across the street from the Martins. I was excited to accompany the family on numerous camp outs and learned to appreciate nature as a result. Mr. and Mrs. Martin were leaders in the community and my very favorite adults growing up. Judy was my dearest friend and her little brother Gary tagged along most days. He was a sweet kid and as he grew older he was always ready for new challenges! He was a beautiful person. Enormously brilliant, terribly brave and a fantastic human being. I have been blessed to have known Gary! ❤️