Bill D. Martin, age 72, went home to be with his Lord, Jesus, on September 5, 2021 at Good Samaritan Hospital with his family by his side.
He was born July 21, 1949 to Carl and Alberta (Bond) Martin. He was a devoted husband of Pamela Crisp Martin and she survives. Bill was a loving father and grandfather of Mariah Hayes, son-in-law Dale Hayes, granddaughter Maddie Hayes and grandson Cade Hayes.
He is also survived by his older brother, Bob (Linda) Martin of Benton and younger brother, Dave (Jeani) Martin of Enterprise, AL. He leaves two brothers-in-law Terry (Carla) Crisp and Mark Dianne) Crisp both of Benton.
Bill enjoyed his eight nephews and four nieces. Brian Crisp of Benton; Jeff (Tobey) Crisp of Thompsonville; Dustin (Chelsea) Crisp of Benton; Rev. Joshua (Bethany) Crisp of Bethalto; Matthew (Melanie) Martin of O’Fallon; Michael (fiancé Michelle Bradley) Martin of Mt. Vernon; Vincent Martin of Birmingham, AL; Coleman (Hannah) Martin of Birmingham, AL; Mallory Martin of Benton; Dr. Mackenzie Martin of Benton; Sara (Daniel) Barriault of Birmingham, AL; Davie Jane Martin of Enterprise, AL. Surviving also are numerous great-nephews and great-nieces as well as cousins.
Bill loved Jesus and was an active member of Whittington Church as well as being a Deacon there.
Bill graduated from Benton High Class of 1967. He proudly served in the US Navy until 1971. He obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Agriculture from SIU Carbondale.
Bill had many careers that began with local and over the road truck driver. He owned several trucks and trailers. Bill left trucking to work and be a part-owner of Benton Lawn, Inc. He drove trucks and hauled boat trailers for Prestige Trailers. Driving vehicles and travelling was a real joy to Bill. He could definitely say that he had travelled to all 50 states. Although he and Pam had driven to Alaska twice, Bill was ready to travel there again.
He loved to build furniture and other structures for his family. He really enjoyed working with the ‘chainsaw gang” of Illinois Disaster Relief. He continued chain sawing around home and loved driving his tractor. His help and his skills will be missed by all.
Bill’s wishes to be cremated will be honored. A Celebration of Life is being planned for a future date.
Memorial gifts may be sent to CASA of Franklin and Hamilton Counties.
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