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Thomas Leslie Martin 1942-2011
Thomas Leslie Martin 1942-2011

LARNED — Thomas Leslie Martin, 69, died Nov. 28, 2011 at his home following a courageous battle against cancer.
He was born Sept. 9, 1942, the first-born son of George Earl and Maxine (Salmans) Martin of Larned. Tom graduated from Larned High School, earned a bachelor of education degree from Emporia State Teachers College, and a master’s of education degree from Arizona State University.
Tom was a Kansas Boys State delegate, an Eagle Scout, a 32 degree Mason, and a member of the Episcopal faith, Isis Shrine and Moose Lodge 682. He taught school in Cheyenne, Wyo. before moving to Batavia, Ill. Tom worked at Houghton Mifflin in Geneva, Ill. as a sales manager and helped in the formation of Riverside Publishing.
After leaving Riverside, Tom worked as a mathematics teacher at Gregory Middle School in Naperville, Ill., for 24 years. He was involved in school activities and coached the school’s football team. Tom was an Illinois Education Association senator, IEA Board of Directors member, Region representative, and chair of Region 52 for three years.
He is survived by his mother, Maxine (Salmans) Martin, Larned; two brothers, Robert Earl Martin, Prairie Village; and George Dennis Martin, Larned; two daughters, Laura Jayne (Martin) Steging, Batavia, Ill.; and Leslie Lynn (Martin) Camargo, Batavia, Ill.; a son, William Andrew Martin, Vicksburg, Miss.; six grandchildren; an aunt, Ruth (Chittie) Martin, Frankfort; and an uncle, Bob Salmans, Larned.
He was preceded in death by his father George Earl Martin, Larned.
Services in Illinois were held at Calvary Episcopal Church, 222 S Batavia Ave., Batavia, Ill. Saturday Dec. 3.
Services in Larned are scheduled at 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 10 at the Sts. Mary & Martha of Bethany Episcopal Church, 803 Main Street, Larned, with Father Mark Cowell presiding. A family visitation will follow the service.  Friends may sign the register from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday at the Beckwith Mortuary, Larned. Inurnment will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Larned Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers and cards donations may be made to the Thomas Martin Scholarship Fund at Harris Bank Naperville, Ill., to help students achieve their educational goals.

Funeral arrangements provided by
Beckwith Mortuary  
P.O. Box 477
Larned, KS, 67550
Great Bend (Kan) Tribune, Dec. 7, 2011