Robert “Palmer” Martin


Robert “Palmer” Martin, 78, of Lockhart died March 19, 2006 in Austin.
Mr. Martin was born Oct. 10, 1927 in Del Rio, Texas to Nat Martin and Blanche Hill Martin.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Nat Martin and Blanche Martin Spinner; his sister Mary Holder; nephew Edwin Holder; and great-grandson Aidan Smith.
Palmer is survived by his wife Ann Marti

n of Lockhart; sons, Stanley and wife Carol Martin of Lockhart and Floyd Thomason of Lockhart; daughters, Linda Johnston and husband Delbert of Dale, Kay Johnson of Sanderson and Lisa Houston of Bandera; sisters, Anne Sealey of Lockhart, Julia Chaddock of Cuero and Mildred Barber of Sanderson; aunt Minnie Hill of Seadrift;15 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.
Along with son Stanley and long-time friend Ken Young of Ft. Worth, Palmer was the founder of a 30-year-old corporation, Drilling Supply and Mfg. of Austin. He was also involved in many other ventures including Lockhart Municipal Airport F.B.O., Martin Machine Corp. and ranching in Caldwell County.
He was the son of a sheep rancher in West Texas stretching from Comstock to Sanderson and Marathon.
Palmer was loved and respected by all, both family and business associates.
Friends may call at Eeds Funeral Home beginning at 2 p.m. Wednesday, March 22, where the family will be present from 6 – 8 p.m.
Funeral services will be conducted at 3 p.m. Thursday, March 23 at the First United Methodist Church with Rev. Robert Hahn and Rev. Mary Powell officiating. Interment will follow in the family plot of the Lockhart City Cemetery. Serving as pallbearers will be Allen McBroom, Dion Carrieri, Joshua Martin, Lonnie Ball, Jim Winn, and Kenneth Niemann.
Honorary pallbearers named are Nicole Gibson, Bruce Smith and Kevin McIntyre.
The family suggests memorial contributions to Austin Hospice Christopher House or the Leukemia Society.
Arrangements with Eeds Funeral Home, Lockhart, Texas 512-398-2343.


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