Lewis Martin, 90, of Amarillo, TX passed away on October 28, 2021.
Visitation will be held on Wednesday, November 3, 2021, from 6:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. at Boxwell Brothers Funeral Home, 2800 Paramount Blvd, Amarillo, Texas. Graveside service will be at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, November 6, 2021, at Dreamland Cemetery in Canyon, Texas. Memorial services will follow at 11:00 a.m. in the Sanctuary at Polk Street United Methodist Church, Amarillo, Texas. Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors.
Lewis was born on February 14, 1931, in Seymour, Texas to Lewis Turner “LT” and Ethel Keeter Martin. He attended Texas Tech University on an athletic scholarship for basketball where he earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees. Lewis began his career coaching basketball in Panhandle, Texas and met his beloved wife “Kay Babe”. Lewis and Kay Carol Williams married on June 28th, 1957 in Panhandle. Early in his career, Lewis coached at several high schools before being hired as Assistant Principal at Tascosa High School in Amarillo, Texas where he worked for 27 years. Lewis was passionate for helping kids, and he loved his time working with both students and teachers. He was respected as a firm but fair administrator and was selected to the Tascosa High School Rebel Hall of Fame.
Fishing, hunting, and spending time outdoors were hobbies for both Lewis and Kay. They went on countless adventures together and with friends and family. Lewis was a founding member and President of the Amarillo Bass Club. His favorite fishing tournament each year was the Husband and Wife Tournament. He had a life-long enthusiasm for sports: both participating and watching. Lewis was an excellent cook and greatly enjoyed cooking for others. He embraced southern hospitality and welcomed anyone nearby to a place at the table. Lewis was a member of Polk Street United Methodist Church. Spending time with family was Lewis’s greatest pleasure and a top priority. He deeply loved his family and was always available to extend a helping hand, some wisdom, encouragement, and a hug. He will be greatly missed by many.
Lewis was preceded in death by his parents; and siblings: sisters, Annie Strother, Grace Strother, Fay Chappell, and Winnie Chappell; and brothers, Samuel Martin, and Frank “Rowdy” Martin.
Survivors include his wife, Kay Martin of Amarillo, TX; children, Barry Martin and wife Caytie Martin of Amarillo, TX, Cindy Ball and husband Jack Ball of Austin, TX, and Lance Martin and wife Shae Martin of Farmersville, TX; grandchildren, Chad Martin, Channing and husband Samuel Moore, Kayla Ball, McKenna and husband Colton McCarly, Kamri and husband Garrett Notzon, Harrison Martin, Kade Ball, and Ellery Martin; and many great-grandchildren, nieces, and nephews.