Lt. Col. Kenneth Harold Martin, USAF (ret), 84, of Quincy, FL., died on April 27, 2013. He is survived by three loving and caring children: his son, Hal Martin; daughters, Eileen Martin and Julie Thompson and her husband, David; his five grandchildren who brought much joy to his life; Amy, Christopher and Ashley Martin, Sara Christie Thompson, Rebecca Vann and her husband Joey and his great-granddaughter Kaylee Vann.
He is also survived by his sister, Faye (Earl) Dawkins; brothers, Guy Martin and Wayne (Donna) Benningfield; brothers-in-law, RADM / ret. H. Jefferson Davis and Frank (Betty) Dawson; sister-in-law, Woodie (G.L. "Bud") Dyer. Ken was predeceased by; his wife, Sara Margaret Davis Martin in 2005; and his sister, Ann Dawson.
Ken graduated from Havana High School in 1947 as valedictorian and enrolled at Florida State University. When he graduated from Florida State, the Korean war had begun and he entered the U.S. Air Force. Later, he attended numerous technical schools, The Dept. of Defense Command and Staff College, Squadron Officer School and earned a Master's Degree in Aerospace Management from the Univ. of Southern California. He also accepted a commission as a regular officer.
Col. Martin logged more than 2000 flying hours, mostly in B-52 aircraft, as an Electronic Warfare officer. His bomb wing introduced the "airborne alert" concept used during the Cold War. During his 28 years of meritorious service he saw much of the world: Asia, The Artic, Europe and North Africa. Col. Martin served four years as a Project Officer for the Hq, USAF Inspector General. When he transferred to the Intercontinental Ballistic Missiles Program, he served as a combat crew commander, sector commander and operations officer. When he retired from active duty he was the Chief of Missiles and Nuclear safety for Strategic Air Command's Eighth Air Force.
Col. Martin and his wife chose Quincy as their retirement home in 1980. Ken taught in the public school system and at Tallahassee Community College.
An active Kiwanian, he served two terms as president and also served on the Board of the Gadsden Nursing Home. For 13 years he was Executive Director of Jericho, an inter-denominational charity giving food and utility assistance to the needy in Gadsden County. He also served as a deacon and chairman of the deacons at First Baptist Church in Quincy.
Ken loved his country, his community and his family dearly. Now he continues to abide with God.
Service was held Monday, April 29, 2013, at 2:00 PM at First Baptist Church in Quincy. Interment followed at Eastern Cemetery. Visitation was, Sunday, April 28, 2013 from 4:30-5:30 in the First Baptist Church Chapel.
Charles McClellan Funeral Home, Quincy, FL., (850) 627-7677, in charge of arrangements.