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Clyde Martin - Photo Memories of My Dad

Updated on June 21, 2015
Clyde loved to read.
Clyde loved to read. | Source

Clyde Owen Martin 1924 - 2012

My father lived a long and productive life. He was 87 years old when his heart finally gave out while he was hospitalized for surgery on a bleeding ulcer. Recently the family gathered to celebrate his life.

I'd like to share online some of the photos that to me tell the story of the man. In the last few years, his health issues kept him close to home and his hearing problems created a barrier to communicating with him. I want his grandchildren and great-grandchildren to know more about him and his early life.


Clyde - The Young Man Growing Up On the Farm

Clyde is the baby here.
Clyde is the baby here.
Dressed in his best Sunday outfit.
Dressed in his best Sunday outfit.
Clyde Martin - high school age
Clyde Martin - high school age

His Boyhood in Greenwood County, Kansas

Born in 1924, he had 4 older sisters and an older brother. In the first picture, you'll see him as the baby. His dad, Ren Martin is holding him. On the left is his mother, Cora Joy. After Clyde, there were two more boys born. Eight children in all.

In the second photo, he's still quite young, as he's wearing short pants. For school or around the farm, the boys wore overalls.

In the third picture, he's in high school. My mother dated his best friend through high school. Later after she and Johnny broke up, she married Clyde. They were married over 60 years.

Dad Was a Lifelong Reader

Here he is in his favorite chair. The bookshelf covers the whole wall of the combined living room/dining room. He built that book case.
Here he is in his favorite chair. The bookshelf covers the whole wall of the combined living room/dining room. He built that book case. | Source

Dad's Work over the Years

He was a farmer in the 1940s, then ran a gas station with his brother Howard. After that he worked in the Kansas oil fields until he retired.

My Dad's Dairy Cattle

Source

What Is It Like Working on a Kansas Oil Rig? - YouTube videos below show the hard work of an oilfield job

You can read Life in the Oil Patch by my sister, Cynthia Ross. It covers our dad's oilfield career from roughneck to production manager. The essay is part of our dad's book, Clyde Owen Martin: Family Memories of His Life and Times. Working in the oilfield is hard, dirty work. It takes its toll on the workers. The noise of the machinery cost Dad his hearing.

The workers often had to drive hours to reach the remote locations where the rig was drilling that week. Sometimes they worked a double shift if the relief crew did not arrive. My dad suffered from two bad accidents going to and from work that resulted in long hospitalizations. He walked with a limp in his later years from one of those.

No matter what the weather, the crew went out. It could be rain with 50 mile an hour winds across the Kansas prairies or sleet or snow. He bundled in layers with heavy coveralls over it all. On his head he wore the metal helmet to protect against falling metal or dropped tools. His shoes were heavy work-boots with reinforced steel toes.

What Was It Like on a Kansas Oil Rig?

These Pumpjacks Are a Familiar Site in Kansas

Hear an Old-Timer Talk about Oil Field Memories

Oil Field Memories - Part 2

More about Oil Wells and How They Work

Clyde Martin and great-granddaughter, Alexandra
Clyde Martin and great-granddaughter, Alexandra

Clyde Martin with His Great Granddaughter, Alexandra

Gail and Clyde Martin raised six children and have nine grandchildren. Alexandra is the newest of the great-grandchildren. There's a great-great grandchild too.

Photos of Dad's Activities - From the Martin Family Album

Dad baking bread for the farmer's market.
Dad baking bread for the farmer's market. | Source
Slicing the bread before bagging it.
Slicing the bread before bagging it.
Dad spent long hours breaking and then picking out the nutmeats from the black walnut tree in their yard.
Dad spent long hours breaking and then picking out the nutmeats from the black walnut tree in their yard.
Here's the result of his labor.
Here's the result of his labor.
They sold the nuts and also made spiced nuts and candies with the walnuts.
They sold the nuts and also made spiced nuts and candies with the walnuts.
Dad collected books about Lincoln's life.
Dad collected books about Lincoln's life.

Clyde Martin's Retirement Activities

  1. Gardening - He kept several gardens going to raise vegetables for the local farmer's market. His favorite rototiller was the Troybilt.
  2. Bread Baking - Dad perfected a variety of breads from honey wheat to raisin bread that sold out every week at the El Dorado Farmer's Market. He kept his row of bread machines working from early in the morning to produce his great breads.
  3. Fishing - Dad and Mom both had master angler certificates for the big fish they caught at Sugar Valley Lakes in Eastern Kansas.
  4. Restoring a Model A - It was a Ford Briggs Special. Here's more about our family and their love of old cars.
  5. Nut Collector - No, not crazy people. He gathered walnuts and pecans and painstakingly shelled them to sell at the farmer's market.
  6. Reading - He was a fan of vintage westerns, but read most anything that came into the house (mysteries, contemporary fiction, biographies). He always had a book going.
  7. Collector of Lincoln Books - His interest started in childhood when he read a book about Lincoln's life. Family delighted in finding another book to add to his collection.

Preview the Book - Clyde Owen Martin: Family Memories of His Life and Times

This is the book that I self-published with the stories told by Clyde's wife and daughters, Cynthia Ross and Virginia Allain.
This is the book that I self-published with the stories told by Clyde's wife and daughters, Cynthia Ross and Virginia Allain. | Source

Link to the Book Preview

Clyde Owen Martin by Gail Lee Martin

Favorite Photos of Dad over the Years - Slideshow from the Martin Family Album

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Clyde Martin reading.With an apron - he took up cooking in his retirement years. Dad with me and my sister, Karen.
Clyde Martin reading.
Clyde Martin reading. | Source
With an apron - he took up cooking in his retirement years.
With an apron - he took up cooking in his retirement years.
Dad with me and my sister, Karen.
Dad with me and my sister, Karen.

My Dad Loved Playing Solitaire on the Computer

Clyde Martin

He would take a break to watch the news or a baseball game on TV. Mom used the computer quite a bit for her writing and to keep in touch with children and grandchildren.

My dad -- he taught me a lot about life, hard work and commitment. He shaped who I am.

Clyde Martin - Celebration of Life Brochure

Clyde Martin - oil well pump jack
Clyde Martin - oil well pump jack

Poems by My Mom and My Sister - in honor of Dad

Be sure to read the short poems.
Be sure to read the short poems. | Source

© 2012 Virginia Allain

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      Heather B 4 years ago

      He seems to have been a lovely man. When I ask why people like him are taken from us, I can only think it is to make room for more beautiful souls like his. Hugs xx

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      anaisfraiche 4 years ago

      A wonderful tribute to your dad. I'd love to do the same for my dad but unfortunately I don't have his photos with me. Maybe someday.

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      Peggy Hazelwood 4 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      Thanks for sharing your dad here with us, Virginia. I collect Lincoln books too, though I only have a few.

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      Nancy Carol Brown Hardin 4 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      Beautiful tribute to a man who deserved the love he received from his family. I know you are proud of him. I love the things he did, like the bread baking, shelling and selling the nuts at the Farmer's Market, and playing Solitaire on the computer. It's too bad such wonderful people can't live forever. Love the lens. Blessed by a SquidAngel.

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      happydesertgirl 4 years ago

      What a wonderful lens and a great gift to you kids and grandkids.

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      Country Sunshine 4 years ago from Texas

      Your dad sounds like an incredible man! He certainly did a lot in his lifetime. I had to laugh when I saw him playing solitaire. My dad does that as well!

      I am so sorry for your loss. Thanks for sharing him with us.

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      bilafond lm 4 years ago

      First of all your Dad was great and the best thing he knew computers :-) You have given me a great idea. I have some Black and White pictures of my dad. He was in Italy in Second World War and this would be a great lens

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