Terrie Dean values the art of good conversation. One of her favorite holiday pastimes is gathering around the kitchen table with relatives and simply talking for hours on end.
All I want for Christmas is normal.
Roger Paul Martin, formerly of McKinney, Texas, passed away at Sunrise of Frisco on March 1, 2012. Roger was born on Dec. 4, 1931, in Buffalo, N.Y., to the late Archiver Charles and Annette Ida (Dorntge) Martin.
He grew up in New York State and graduated in 1950 from Great Neck High School. Roger was also a graduate from Michigan State College (now University), where he met his future wife, the former Mae Ingeborg Youngquist. He was active in Glee Club, ROTC and Phi Kappa Tau.
Roger and Mae were married Aug. 28, 1954. Roger served in the U.S. Army at Fort Benning, Ga., from 1954 to 1957, and was honorably discharged as a second lieutenant. He and Mae moved back to New York in 1957. Roger worked for JC Penney until his retirement in 1992. Roger and Mae enjoyed golf, tennis, skiing and taking trips. They also liked visiting with family and friends. Roger enjoyed being a mentor to young and old alike.
Roger was preceded in death by his brother, Richard Martin. Surviving, in addition to his wife, are a daughter, Lisa Martin (Mark) Seymour of Broadway, Va.; a son, Roger Dorne (Marcy) Martin of Frisco; five grandchildren, Ward, Trevor and Andrew Seymour, and Paul and Emily Martin; and a host of relatives and friends.
A celebration of life service for Roger will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 21, 2012, at Westin Stonebriar, 1549 Legacy Drive, Frisco, TX 75034. The family will begin to receive friends at 10 a.m.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial donations be made to the Samaritan Inn, the American Lung Association, or a charity of one’s choice. Please send family condolences and sign online register book at www.ariacremation.com.