Dennis W. Martin, 63, entered this world at Dallas on December 23, 1949 and went home to heaven on October 15, 2013.
He is survived by his loving wife Jane Kelley Martin, mother Helen Ray, sisters Caylen Ray, Judith Martin, Robyn Stroud, Melissa Caudle, and numerous beloved cousins, nieces, nephews, and relations, as well as many dear friends. He was preceded in death by his father and beloved step-mom, Al and Sue Martin, and by his step-father, Bill Ray, sister Livia Lynn Martin, brother Wayne Martin, and a multitude of cherished relatives, friends and comrades-in-arms.
Dennis served with pride and distinction in the United States Marine Corps from 1967 until 1977, when he was medically retired due to injuries sustained in combat. A highly decorated Marine, Dennis was awarded the Purple Heart with 2 gold stars, the Combat Action ribbon, and the Republic of Vietnam Meritorious Unit Commendation (Gallantry Cross Medal Color with Palm), among numerous awards and commendations. Following discharge from the Corps, he graduated magna cum laude from East Texas State University, eventually earning Masters' degrees in Sociology, Communication and Theatre.
Upon moving to Burnet county, Dennis became an active and respected member of the community. He proudly served with the Highland Lakes Honor Guard, was unforgettable in his long-time role as "Black Jack Kelley" with the Burnet Gunfighters, and entertained audiences in numerous productions at Hill Country Community Theatre.
In his time, Dennis wore many hats. He was a lover and a fighter, a teacher, a preacher, a leader of men, a servant of God, a slayer of dragons and a rescuer of distressed damsels. He was a genuine American hero in every sense of the word, and the world is a better place for having had him in it.
The Highland Lakes Honor Guard is hosting a memorial for Dennis at Clements-Wilcox in Marble Falls, TX on Thursday November 21, 2013 at 1:00 pm. In lieu of flowers the family would welcome donations for building materials and other expenses.