Gene Martin

    May 31, 1930  -  April 16, 2013


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Arthur Gene Martin died on April 16th, 2013 at home. Gene was born on May 31, 1930 in Earlington, Kentucky.

He was pre-deceased by his parents and his brother Bob Martin and previous wife.

Gene is survived by his wife, Vivian White Martin of Hot Springs; son Thomas Martin (Cathy) of Tennessee; daughter Debra Collins (Mike) of California; stepchildren John F. Myers (Carolyn) of Tennessee and Mary Jo Brown of Hot Springs; four grandchildren and several great-grandchildren.

During the Korean War Gene served as a U. S. Navy Hospital Corpman assigned to the U.S. Marines, where he received a Purple Heart, plus other issued medals. He was a member of First United Methodist Church, Hot Springs Chamber of Commerce Ambassador’s Club, B.P.O. Elks Club Hot Springs Lodge #380 and Good Sam’s RV Travel Club.

Gene retired in 1979 as a Lieutenant from the Evansville Police Department after twenty-six years of service. During this time Gene taught self-defensive tactics to various other members, as well as an instructor of first aid. Also during this period Gene was a professional wrestler, having wrestled throughout the Mid-South. Upon his retirement he was employed by the Thoroughbred Racing Protective Bureau (TRPB) as a security investigator. This organization was a national security agency founded by J. Edgar Hoover at the conclusion of WWII. During this employment Gene traveled throughout the various U.S. Race Tracks (Thoroughbred) in the United States with Oaklawn Park designated as his headquarters track. He moved from Florida to Hot Springs in 1982. After being fully retired in 2000, he and his wife Vivian enjoyed their travels in their motor home.

There will be no services and following cremation his cremains will be taken to Shelbyville, Tennessee for burial.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Our Promise Cancer Resources Foundation, 133 Harmony Park Circle, Hot Springs, Arkansas 71913.



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Born: May 31, 1930

Place of Birth: Earlington, KY

Death: April 16, 2013

Place of Death: Hot Springs, AR

Occupation: During the Korean War Gene served as a U. S. Navy Hospital Corpman assigned to the U.S. Marines, where he received a Purple Heart, plus other issued medals.

Hobbies: After being fully retired in 2000, he and his wife Vivian enjoyed their travels in their motor home.

Organizations: He was a member of First United Methodist Church, Hot Springs Chamber of Commerce Ambassadorís Club, B.P.O. Elks Club Hot Springs Lodge #380 and Good Samís RV Travel Club.


This memorial provided by:
CARUTH-HALE FUNERAL HOME