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James D. Martin

Birth Date: October 13, 1934
Death Date: January 8, 2019

James Dale “Jim” Martin of Decatur, IL died Tuesday January 8, 2019 at Silverado Memory Care in Plano, Texas.   Visitation will be from 6 PM to 8 PM, Friday, January 18, 2019 at Moran and Goebel Funeral Home; Mass of Christian Burial will be 10 AM Saturday, January 19, 2019 at St. Thomas Catholic Church.   In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Teresa High School Educational Foundation or Decatur Catholic Charities.

Jim was born October 13, 1934 in Decatur, IL, to parents Edmund Joseph and Anne Christine (Murphy) Martin.    He graduated from St. Teresa High School in 1952 and attended St. Joseph College in Rensselaer, IN.   Jim accepted a position at the Illinois Power Company, where his work focused on data processing with IBM mainframes, an advanced technology at the time.    He served at the Illinois Power Company for 42 years, until his retirement in 1995.    His service at Illinois Power was interrupted while he served in the Army from 1957 to 1959, where he was stationed in Chicago, IL.

Jim was a nearly lifelong member of St. Thomas Church; he served as basketball coach at St. Thomas, as a Parish Council member, and was also a baseball coach for Decatur Khoury League.   He married Dema Jane Guyer on August 11, 1962 and they were husband and wife for 44 years, until her death on January 1, 2007.   In addition to raising three children, Jim and Dema Jane also raised and cared for many cocker spaniels, who were nearly family surrogates.   Jim spent the last three years at Silverado Memory Care in Plano, TX where he brought his humor and congenial spirit to the Silverado staff and many residents.

Jim is survived by his three children:   Scott Martin of Allen, TX; Jeff Martin and his wife Kathy of Downers Grove, IL; and Julie Paxton and her husband John of Frisco, TX.   In addition, Jim is survived by his four grandchildren; Kyle and Riley Paxton of Frisco, TX and Elisse and Ethan Martin, of Downers Grove, IL.   On behalf of Jim, Scott, Jeff, and Julie express their gratitude to Jim’s Decatur friends, who went out of their way to provide companionship, rides, thoughts,  and prayers for Jim during his twelve years of widowhood.

The family of Jim Martin is being served by Moran & Goebel Funeral Home, 2801 N. Monroe St. Decatur, IL. Please view the online obituary, send condolences, and share memories at


Mass of Christian Burial
January 19, 2019
10:00 am
St. Thomas The Apostle Catholic Church
2160 N. Edward Decatur, IL 62526
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January 18, 2019
6:00 pm
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Moran & Goebel Funeral Home
2801 North Monroe Street Decatur, IL 62526
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  1. Jeff, Scott Julie, & Families,
    Sorry to hear of your Dad’s passing. He was a wonderful neighbor & a joy to visit with. Sorry we couldn’t attend the services because of Neil’s health at this time. God bless all of you!

  2. Won’t forget that smile

    Written by: Thomas Martin

    Julie, Jeff and Scott
    Sorry to learn of our Cousin Jimmy having passed. My sister Connie let us know last week.
    My Dad loved his nephew and was always very proud of him.
    Every time I had a chance to see him he always had a smile, a kind word or a pat on the back. I’ve heard that “we’re all just walking each other home” and Jimmy was easy to be with.
    Our best and warmest regards to all of you. Please know that we’ll be sending positive vibes your way.
    Thomas Martin
    Oak Park, IL

  3. Scott, I am sorry for your lost. Before I only know your father from your every Saturday’s “excuse”, now I can picture him as one of the advanced technology pioneer, a harder worker, a devout catholic, a caring father, and a glorious soldier, who will always be remembered. My deepest condolence and sympathy to the family.

  4. Dear Martin family,
    I am deeply saddened by your loss. Even if I never met your dad, I heard of a lot of nice things about him from Scott. He was such a kind and funny person. May he rest in peace.
    With sincere condolences, Dandan

  5. Dear Martin family,
    I am deeply saddened by your loss. Even if I never met your dad, I heard of a lot of nice things about him from Scott. He was such a kind and funny person. May he rest in peace!
    With sincere condolences,

  6. Jeff, Scott, and Julie, My thoughts and Prayers are with your family. I have fond memories of your dad always around at St Thomas whether at mass or a basketball game, even all through high school. Even as I got older and the few times I did attend St Thomas it was always nice to see him. What a dear man who was always kind to everyone. May God be with your family at this time….

  7. James D. Martin

    Written by: Ro and Betty Price

    We will never forget Jim. He was the Best Man at our wedding in 1954. The thing we will miss is his humor and love for the Chicago Bears football team. When he attended St Joseph’s College the Bears trained there. The last time we sat down and talked with Jim was in 1987. We took him to Mike Ditka’s restaurant in Chicago.
    We can not attend the services, but will certainly have Jim and his family in our prayers.

  8. Dear Martin family,
    So very sorry to learn of your dad’s passing. He was a loving man with the absolute best sense of humor! He was a good friend to Mom and Dad (Peggy and Fritz Heneghan) for many years along with your wonderful mother. May your memories help you through this time. God bless all of you,
    Candy (Heneghan ) Carroll
    Nashville, TN

  9. Dear Julie, Scott and Jeff – We are so very sorry to hear about Jim’s passing. I know he is happy to be back together with your Mom, but that is not much help for you and your family right now. I feel so blessed to have been part of your “Maple Ct family”, and you and your parents are in most of my growing-up memories. Your Dad’s laugh and sense of humor will always bring a smile to my face when I remember things we did together. You all are in my thoughts and prayers, I wish I was closer and able to come to give all of you a hug – but please know that I am with you during this hard time, if only in my heart. Love always, Pam (Bernotas) Ashenbremer My family, Rand, Meagan & Ian want me to pass along their sympathies as well.

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