Ray J. Martin

November 14, 1933 - January 7, 2013

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Ray J. Martin, 79, of Spearman, Texas, entered Heaven on Monday, January 7, 2013.

Services will be held Thursday, January 10, 2013, at 2:00 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church in Spearman, Texas, with Roger Morris and Reverend Toni Bailey officiating. Burial will be in Hansford Cemetery. Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Home of Spearman.

Ray was born November 14, 1933 in Las Animas, Colorado to E.E. and Mildred Martin. He married Judith Jane Meek on July 19, 1955 in Spearman, Texas.

Ray graduated from Spearman High School in 1951 and entered the army and did military service for two years at Fort McNair in Washington, D.C. as a member of the United States Army honor guard.

He first worked for R.E. Lee Oil Company in Spearman, Texas. He worked for People's Natural Gas Company.

Ray lived in Spearman for 65 years of his life where he enjoyed farming and ranching until his retirement. He was a self-employed farmer and rancher for 46 years, beginning in Hansford County in 1961.

Ray served on the Spearman School Board and on many committees at the First United Methodist Church. He was a member of the Texas Cattle Feeders Association. Ray was also an honorary member of the Spearman Lynx Booster Club.

His greatest pleasure was the love he had for his family. Watching his three children grow up and following his seven grandchildren was one of the joys of his life. He followed them playing sports all over the state of Texas. Ray's life exemplified a legacy of love, laughter and loyalty.

Ray is preceded in death by his parents, Elvin and Mildred Martin of Spearman.

He is survived by his wife, Judy Jane, of Spearman; his children, Rajan Trafton and husband Steve, of Amarillo; Dr. Scot Martin and his wife Julie of Spearman; and Mary Ann Morris and her husband Roger, of Vega; his grandchildren, Garrett Martin, Jessie Hargrove, Chance Trafton, Stuart Martin, Chip Morris, Malory Martin, Reese Morris; and Ray's sister, Charlotte Ford.

The family requests memorials be to the First United Methodist Church of Spearman, Texas, P.O. Box 547, Spearman, Texas 79081 and Hansford County Hospice, 707 S. Roland St., Spearman, Texas 79081.