Alexander Martin Obituary

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Alexander M. Martin Jr.

August 21, 1925 - January 31, 2013
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Alexander M. Martin Jr., known to his many friends as Alex, died peacefully at home with his family by his side on January 31st following a brief illness. Grandpa Alex, who was 87, was born on August 21, 1925 in Grand Rapids, Michigan to Dr. Alex M. and Lovell Martin Sr. After graduating from Ottawa Hills High School in 1943, he enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Corps. Like so many of his generation, his 19th birthday found him in the service and a long way from home. Alex was a cryptographer and was initially stationed at Hickam Field in Hawaii. He was eventually transferred to Midway where he spent many months. Grandpa was quite an...
Alexander M. Martin Jr., known to his many friends as Alex, died peacefully at home with his family by his side on January 31st following a brief illness. Grandpa Alex, who was 87, was born on August 21, 1925 in Grand Rapids, Michigan to Dr. Alex M. and Lovell Martin Sr. After graduating from Ottawa Hills High School in 1943, he enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Corps. Like so many of his generation, his 19th birthday found him in the service and a long way from home. Alex was a cryptographer and was initially stationed at Hickam Field in Hawaii. He was eventually transferred to Midway where he spent many months. Grandpa was quite an athlete and loved basketball and tennis. He always loved to tell the story that on the very night before he was to be transferred to Kwajalein in the Marshall Islands, he learned that he had been picked to play basketball for the Army Airways Communications Service in the Pacific league. He happily caught the first flight the next morning back to Honolulu! After the War, Alex enrolled at the University of Michigan where he pledged Alpha Delta Phi . In 1949 in made the varsity basketball team, earning his letter in 1950 with a buzzer beater against Purdue in Big 10 competition. His years in Ann Arbor at his beloved alma mater were some of the best in his life. Alex was a life-long Michigan fan who cheered for the maize and blue for another 63 years. He was a long-time member of the M Club for Varsity Lettermen, the Victors Club and the University of Michigan Alumni Association. He helped form the Dallas Michigan Club and faithfully cheered on the Wolverines along with other Dallas Alumni and fans on many Fall Saturday afternoons at the Fox and Hound where he will be greatly missed. After graduation from Michigan in 1950 he went to work for Baker Furniture in Michigan and then New York and eventually made his way to Highland Park where he raised a family and built so many life-long friendships. Alex was a member of Saint Michael's & All Angels Episcopal Church where he served as an acolyte for many years. He was a long time member of Dallas Country Club and was a regular playing member of the Saturday morning tennis gang until he was 87. Alex previously served on the Board of Governors of DCC and he will be missed by all of his many friends at the club.
He is survived by his daughter, Victoria Leigh Martin Steindorf, son–in–law, Michael C. Steindorf III and the apple of his eye, grand-daughter Eleanor Bedford Steindorf of Highland Park. Grandpa will also be missed by the larger Steindorf family who shared 23 summers with him at Macatawa on Lake Michigan and many good times in between. Uncle Alex will also be missed by his beloved extended Michigan family including his niece Vicki Kimball and nephew Parker Tuthill and their families, all of Grand Rapids. Services will be held at will be held on Tuesday February 5th at 2:00 at St Michael's & All Angels Episcopal Church 8011 Douglas Ave. Dallas, Texas.

"Alex was a fun loving friend of myself and my late husband Bill Hersman since Ottawa school days and later Dallas. Yes, he will be greatly missed. Theo..."

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