Mark David Martin, 65 years of age, passed away unexpectedly on Friday, October 21, 2022, in Independence, Missouri.
Mark was born in Midland, Texas in 1957 to Barbara Coy Martin and Herschel Raye
Martin, both deceased. Mark grew up in many places – Texas, Louisiana and California – before graduating from Plano Senior High School. He graduated from Texas Tech University in 1980 with a degree in Accounting and worked for Conoco Oil Company before the Lord called him to His ministry. Mark received his Master of Divinity from Concordia Seminary in St. Louis, Missouri in 1991. He served as Pastor for Trinity Lutheran Church, Egypt Mills from 1993 – 2004 and as Associate Pastor for St. Andrew Lutheran Church in Cape Girardeau from 2004-2019. Then, after completing training in Intentional Interim Ministry, he served at Concordia Lutheran Church in Sikeston from 2019-2021. He was serving as an Intentional Interim pastor at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Independence at the time of his death.
Mark had many loves : his Lord, his wife Betty, his family, his motorcycle, history, all sports, the arts and finally learning how to sing. He lived a Christ-centered life with a deep abiding faith in God and tirelessly worked to do His will through his wise counsel and compassionate care. He was a loving husband, devoted father, and adoring grandfather.
Mark is survived by his wife Betty, his daughter Leah, his daughter Rachel, her husband Anthony and their children Matt, Lily and Melody, his sister Kris and her family, his cousins and their families and by the many thousands of friends and families whose lives he touched through his ministry.
A Service of Celebration will be held at Trinity Lutheran Church, 100 N. Frederick St., Cape Girardeau, MO 63701 on Sunday, November 6, 2022 at 2pm. It will also be live streamed on Trinity’s Facebook page. Visitation hours will be at Trinity Lutheran Church on Saturday, November 5, 2022 from 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorials be made to either LCMS Missouri District Shared Ministry fund or Monett Missouri High School Choir.
Meyers Funeral Chapel in Blue Springs has been entrusted with arrangements. Memories of Mark and words of comfort may be shared at meyersfuneralchapel.com.