Thomas Joseph Martin, age 67, of Britton, SD passed away Sunday, December 27, 2020 at Marshall County Healthcare Center in Britton.
Tom Martin was born in Binghamton, NY on May 28, 1953 to Thomas and Dorothy (Yacko) Martin. He grew up there and graduated from Binghamton HS in 1971. He enjoyed growing up around his brothers and cousins. He went to college at Cornell University in Ithaca, NY, where he graduated with his Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental Science. His first professional job as a Soil Scientist at South Dakota State University brought him to Aberdeen, SD in 1977.
He married Diane Welke in August of 1982 in Aberdeen. They started their family there and moved to Britton in 1987 where Tom was the District Conservationist with the USDA Natural Resource Conservation Service until he retired in 2012. Since then, he served as a member of the Board of Directors.
Tom was an amazing husband, father, father-in-law, and grandfather who loved his family dearly. Tom enjoyed spending time fishing, hunting, gardening, and woodworking. He also loved spending time with his grandsons. His grandsons learned how to fish, shoot BB guns, and draw with him.
He has had many years of challenges with his health. Tom received a kidney transplant in 1990. In the last 6 years, he slowly started to lose his ability to walk which caused him to not be able to do what he had planned later in life. He would never complain and remained the selfless, patient, kind person he had always been.
He will be deeply missed by his wife Diane Martin of Britton; stepson, Bret (Michele) Asmussen & family of Minneapolis, MN; son Colin (Carrie) Martin, Fargo, ND; son, Andrew Martin, West Fargo, ND; brother, David (Shelia) Martin, Binghamton, NY; grandsons, Cole and Crew Martin, Fargo, ND.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Thomas and Dorothy and brother Keith.
A celebration of Tom’s life will be held Friday, January 15, 2021 at 11:00 am at Cornerstone Bible Church in Britton, SD. All are welcome to come.
Carlsen Funeral Home and Crematory of Aberdeen.