Celebration of Life service held for former Lubbock Mayor Tom Martin

Celebration of Life service held for former Lubbock Mayor Tom Martin
Former Lubbock Mayor Tom Martin (Source: Texas Tech Political Science)

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - A Celebration of Life service was held for Former Lubbock Mayor Tom Martin on Monday.

Thomas Allen Martin passed away on Tuesday, March 27, 2018 at the age of 69. Martin died of cancer.

Family and friends gathered to celebrate his life on Monday, April 2, 2018, at 1 p.m. at Cumberland Presbyterian Church. His cremation service took place on Friday, March 30, 2018.

A tribute to Martin's life may be found at www.memorialdesigners.net, where you can share memories and expressions of sympathy for his family.

Martin was born on December 31, 1948 to Elmer and Mary Van Valkenburg Martin in Rome, New York. On November 24, 1969, Thomas married the love of his life, Karen at First Presbyterian Church in Lubbock, Texas. Tom earned his Master of Public Administration degree at Texas Tech University in 1977.  He was named an MPA Distinguished Alumnus in 2014.

Martin served as Lubbock Mayor from 2008 to 2012.

Martin began his career as Public Information Officer for the City of Lubbock in 1970. In 1974, he joined the Lubbock Police Department and served until 1990, when he was appointed Chief of Police in San Marcos. He became Chief of Police in Grapevine in 1992, where he served until his retirement. Martin retired in 1998, completing 28 years in municipal government.

After his retirement, he became involved in politics. In May 2002, Martin was elected to serve on the Lubbock City Council as the District 5 Representative until 2006. During the last two years of his term on the council, he served as Mayor Pro Tem. He was elected on May 10, 2008, to serve as the mayor of Lubbock.

He taught political science and criminal justice courses at Wayland Baptist University, Lubbock campus. Martin graduated from Lubbock HS in 1966. He earned a bachelor's degree in Journalism at Texas Tech in 1970 and a master's degree in Public Administration at Tech in 1977. He was named an MPA Distinguished Alumnus in 2014.

Tom and his wife Karen were married in 1969. Karen is a retired registered nurse and elementary school teacher. Karen volunteers at the South Plains Wildlife Rehabilitation Center and teaches part-time at Christ The King Cathedral School.


In lieu of flowers, the Martin family suggests the following charities Tom actively supported: Scottish Rite Learning Center of West Texas, 1101 70th Street Lubbock, TX 79412; Salvation Army, 1111 16th St, Lubbock, TX 79401, www.salvationarmyusa.org/usn/; Texas Boys Ranch, www.texasboysranch.org, and the Boys and Girls Clubs, P.O. Box 94163, Lubbock, Texas 79493; www.lubbockbgc.org.

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