Wayne Martin

Wednesday, October 11, 2006

Wayne Leon Martin, 72, of Kirksville, Mo., died Saturday, Oct. 7, 2006, at LaPlata Nursing Home in LaPlata, Mo., after a long illness.

He was born Oct. 1, 1934, in Kirksville, son of Herschel Aubrey and Beulah Opal Cason Martin. He and Joan Correll were married April 22, 1957, in Kirksville.

Martin was a 1952 graduate of Kirksville High School, and received a bachelor of science in education from Truman State University in 1956. He was a four-year football, basketball, track and cross-country letterman. He received the Strickler Cup (outstanding athlete and scholar) in 1956.

He received a master of arts in education in 1961, and in 1986 acquired a secondary administrative certification.

Martin was sports and outdoor editor at the Kirksville Daily Express and taught at Kirksville High School and Truman State University from 1957 to 1963.

He was employed by Missouri Department of Conservation in 1963 and moved to Cape Girardeau as the outdoor education specialist for the Southeast Missouri District.

Martin helped pioneer outdoor education programs within the science and physical education curriculums of elementary and secondary schools, and established volunteer hunter-safety training programs throughout the 17 counties.

While in Cape Girardeau he served on the Park and Recreation Department Board, and as director of the Chamber of Commerce Board.

He had been a member of Jaycees, serving as president in Cape Girardeau and Missouri Jaycees national convention chair. He was presented a Jaycees international senatorship and life membership in the Cape Girardeau Jaycees.

In 1970 he authored the Missouri Hunter Safety Instructor Manual for the Missouri Department of Conservation and Missouri Department of Education in cooperation with the National Rifle Association.

He was reassigned to Jefferson City as assistant hunter safety coordinator in 1975. He also authored "The Art of Casting and Angling," SPORT (Sportsmen Protecting Our Resources Together), an instruction manual.

Martin was named Outstanding Peace Officer by the Southeast Peace Officers Association in 1975 and received a meritorious service to education award from Southeast Missouri District Teachers Association in 1978.

He was reassigned to Kirksville as a hunter safety coordinator in 1979, and ended his employment with the commission in 1986. From 1986 to 1989 he was transition manager with EDGE Inc. in Kirksville, and was outdoor editor at the Kirksville Daily Express from 1989 until retiring in December 2001.

Martin was a member of First Baptist Church of Kirksville, Missouri Hunter Education Association, National Rifle Association, Ducks Unlimited, Kirksville Masonic Lodge 105 AF&AM, El Kadir Shrine Club and Loyal Order of the Moose.

He was elected to Missouri Hunter Education Hall of Fame in February 2000.

Martin served with the U.S. Army Reserves from 1952 to 1960.

Survivors include his wife; a daughter, Vicki King of Sunrise Beach, Mo.; a brother, Herschel Martin of Scottsbluff, Neb.; and two grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother.

The funeral was held Tuesday at Travis-Noe Funeral Home in Kirksville, with the Rev. Don Noble officiating. Burial was in Highland Park Cemetery in Kirksville.