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Tommy Martin, 68 of Dim-mitt, Texas, passed away on Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2018 in Lubbock, Texas. Celebration of Life Service will be held on Monday, Dec. 31, 2018 at 1:30 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church with Pastor Eliezer Garrido and Scott Moran officiating. Private burial will follow with arrangements be handled with Colonial Funeral Home of Dimmitt.

Tommy was born on April 17, 1950 in Muleshoe, Texas to Walter John “W.J.” Martin and Nell (Connell) Martin. Tommy attended school in Springlake, Clarendon and Hereford, then his parents bought a farm and settled in the Flagg community where he attended schools in Dimmitt. During his time at Dimmitt ISD he served as FFA President, Class President and graduated from high school in 1968. He attended college at Texas Tech University and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in 1972. While at Texas Tech, he met Linda Hamilton and they married on May 20, 1972. Three months later, he and Linda moved to Stillwater, Oklahoma where he attended graduate school at Oklahoma State University where he received a Master’s Degree in Animal Science in 1973. Tommy and Linda then moved back to the Flagg area and began farming. During his successful farming career, he served on the Board of Directors for Dimmitt Agri, Chairman of the Management Committee for AgriFarm Industries and was a member of the Lazbuddie ISD school board, while also being a six-time recipient of the National Corn Growers Association for corn yield. Tommy eventually retired from farming but currently ed the land on the homestead place.

Those left behind to cherish his memories are his wife, Linda Martin of Dimmitt, Texas; two sons, Andy Martin and wife Katie of Lubbock, Texas, and Rob Martin and wife Christine of Levelland, Texas; two brothers, Scott Martin of Dimmitt, Texas, and Bobby Martin and wife Kay of Dubuque, Iowa; one sister, Luan Martin and husband Dick of Spring Branch, Texas; along with four grandchildren, Ellie, Luke, Caroline and Clara; and seven nieces and nephews.

Tommy is preceded in death by his parents, W.J. and Nell Martin.

The family has requested memorials be made to the First United Methodist Church, 110 SW 3rd, Dimmitt, TX 79027 or to a favorite charity.

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