SPANISH FORK, Utah — Jimmy Lewis Martin, 77, passed away peacefully at St. Dominic’s Regency Hospital, Monday, June 3, 2013. A celebration of his life will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, June 8, 2013, Martin Hill Cemetery in Farmhaven, Miss. Jimmy was born September 21, 1935 to Jenny Virginia Allen Martin and Lewis Drummond Martin of Farmhaven, Miss. He is preceded by his mother, father, sister Virginia Smith (Granville “Tiny”) , and infant brother Robert Allen Martin. Jimmy has left his earthly family with much love, and many wonderful memories.
He enjoyed his life both in Utah and Mississippi, but as the old adage says, “You can take the boy out of the country…but you can’t take the country out of the boy”: his heart was always in Mississippi. He was a genuine and kind man, who never met a stranger.
He was loved and adored by all of his family. He was a cowboy, an avid hunter, and a “horse trader”. He was talented in many ways, he truly was a jack of all trades. He was a self-made man who enjoyed the simple things in life, his favorites being: rocking on a porch, having a good cup of coffee and sharing stories that always made you laugh.
Jimmy is survived by his wife, Mercedes Inez Martin of Spanish Fork, Utah; their daughter, Nina Martin Mortensen (Ryan) of Spanish Fork and two step sons, Rex and Paul Schuster, both of Georgia. He is also survived by his former wife, Janice Reynolds Peers (Al) of Spanish Fork, Utah, and their three daughters, Tamra Martin Lybbert (Derrick) of Payson, Utah, Angie Martin Chambers (Dan) of Mapleton, Utah, Melony Martin Olson (Mike) of Spanish Fork, Utah. He has 15 grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren. Jimmy precedes his sisters, Billy Wiltcher (Delma) of Canton, Miss., Shirley Crapps (the late Will Crapps Jr.) of Canton, Exie Ballenger (Claude “Buddy”) of Pine Bluff, Ark., Donnie Reynolds (Buford) of Pine Bluff, Ark., Pam Coleman (Stanley) of Farmhaven, Miss., his brother Sam Martin of Carthage, Miss., and many beloved extended family members.
The family would like to express their gratitude to the staff of St. Dominic’s and Regency Hospital in Jackson, MS, for their loving care.