EUREKA - Roy Dale Martin, 65, died Sunday, Oct. 29, 2017, in Benton, Ark., after a long battle with Crohn’s Disease and advanced kidney disease for much of his adult life.
He was born Oct. 31, 1951, in Benton, the son of Roy Matthew and Mytrice Loretta Harvey Martin.
Survivors include two sons, Brandon (Jenny) Martin, Hudson and Chris (Haley) Martin, Dubuque, Iowa; one stepdaughter, Lisa (Brian) Fritz, Warrenville; one stepson, Robbie (Miranda) Axsom, Washington; several grandchildren; one brother, Fred (Doni) Martin, Corning, Ark.; two sisters, Shirlene (Russell) Levart and Shelia (Warren) Jackson, both of Benton and nine nieces and nephews, Mark Chilton, Eric Chilton, Ken Chilton and Renee James, all of Benton, Rich Martin and Mylea White, both of Corning, Corley Martin, Jonesboro, Ark., and Connie Neal and Shannon Jackson, both of Alexander, Ark.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
The Sunday after he was born, Dale was enrolled in the cradle roll of First Baptist Church of Benton. For the next 12 years, his mother made sure he did not miss a single Sunday school class. Dale graduated from Benton High School in 1969, received a bachelor’s degree from Ouachita Baptist University in Arkadelphia, Ark., in 1974, a master’s degree from Indiana University, Bloomington, in 1978, and worked towards a doctorate in counselor education from Mississippi State University, Starkville. In 1980, he was appointed dean of student development at Texas Lutheran University, Seguin. He also served as dean of students at Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls, Texas, and at Eureka College before he retired in 2000. In his two decades, Dale coordinated the awarding of hundredths of scholarships for deserving students.
Services will be held Wednesday at 11 a.m. at Ashby Funeral Home, Benton. Visitation will take place Wednesday morning from 10 to 11 a.m. at the funeral home. Burial will follow the service in Lee Cemetery in Benton. He will be buried next to his parents.