James “Jim” Martin, age 77, of Crestview, FL lost his fight with COVID March 18th, 2021 at North Okaloosa Medical Center.
Jim was born 11/24/1943 in Muscatine, IA. He attended Woodruff High School and Bradley University, both in Peoria, IL. While attending Bradley he met Joanne (McCreight) through a blind date. While they dated, and in the early years of their marriage, he played trumpet in various bands, and they attended dances regularly. They were married for 55 wonderful years. Jim loved Ham Radio since the age of 13 (K9QKA, NM0Q, and then W0LY), taught morse code for years, and enjoyed sharing his love for amateur radio. He worked for IBM as a programmer, then Lakeview Technology as a programming instructor, and then Jack Henry, also as a programming instructor. He would start every class with a story at the beginning of the day and after the lunch break. He was an avid storyteller, who never missed an opportunity to tell another story. In addition to all of this, he also authored several books about programming.
At the time of his death, he is survived by the love of his life, “Jody” Martin. He is survived by two children - Keryl Cruickshank (Shane) of Crestview, FL and Russ Owens (James) of Barry, IL, ten grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his sister Bonnie Palmer (Ron) of Des Moines, IA. He was preceded in death by his parents and his sister Brenda.
Visitation will take place Saturday, March 27th at 9 a.m. at Davis-Watkins Funeral Home in Crestview, Florida. The funeral will immediately follow at 10 a.m. Interment will be at Live Oak Cemetery in Crestview. For COVID safety precautions, masks will be required and we will have zoom attendance available. Arrangements are all under the direction of Davis-Watkins Funeral Home. To share memories, express condolences, tell a story or sign the guestbook please visit, www.daviswatkins.com.
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Meeting ID: 470 335 7696