In Memory

Kirby Martin

Kirby Martin

Kenny Frels reported that classmate Kirby Martin passed away September 18, 2019.  Kirby has been living in Port Lavaca since graduation and was a retired farmer/rancher.  Once Kirby's obitiuary is posted it will be published on the Class of '69 website.

Visitation for Kirby will be held Friday September 20, 1pm to 2pm, at Grace Funeral Home located at 1604 W. Austin St., Port Lavaca, TX.   Funeral services will immediately follow the visitation. 

Classmate Kirby Martin passed away September 18.  The link to his obituary is below as well as the full obitiuary.


Kirby Martin                                      Kirby Martin



Kirby Charles Martin III, age 69, passed away September 18, 2019. Visitation will be held at Grace Funeral Chapel in Port Lavaca Friday, September 20, 2019 from 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM. A memorial service will follow at 2:00 PM with Pastor Larry Green officiating.

He was born March 8, 1950 in El Campo, TX to Kirby Charles “Ted” Martin II and Inez Mary “Maggie” Frnka Martin. Kirby was comical and mischievous from birth. His childhood years were spent in El Campo where he enjoyed playing baseball with his best friend, Kenny Frels. His family moved to Magnolia Beach (Calhoun county) in 1968, his senior year of high school.

He spent his lifetime either horseback or operating farm equipment. He enjoyed raising cattle and rice farming. Kirby adored watching his kids participate in the sport of rodeo. He also loved roping, deer hunting, bar-b-queing, barn parties and being with his friends and family. He was never at a loss for words. Kirby was an amazing storyteller and entertained his family and friends until the end with recollections of old memories. There was never a dull moment around Kirby and his laugh was contagious. Anyone that knew Kirby knew that at a drop of the hat he was ready to celebrate and bar-b-que. He loved to entertain and was an excellent cook. He was well known for going to his barn at midnight for his late-night horse rides on Julie, High Socks, or Jigger. He also loved watching Astros baseball, especially Straw, his favorite player.

Kirby is survived by the mother of his children, Kristi Shannon Martin Manning, his three children Kirby Martin IV (Jennifer) of Inez, Somer Martin of Long Mott and Marcus Martin (Jennifer) of Magnolia Beach; his beloved guard dog, Mia, the chihuahua; two sisters: Linda Appling (Charles) of Lumberton and Vicki Canion (Lloyd) of Port Lavaca; 13 grandchildren and 3 great-grandsons, many nieces and nephews and extended family.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Kirby Charles “Ted” Martin II and Inez Mary “Maggie” Martin, his sister, Laura Martin Marek, and his horse, Julie.

Honorary Pallbearers: Scooter Henke, Kenny Frels, Ricky Whatley, Lloyd Canion and nephews: Charley Appling, Kirk Marek Jr., Martin Canion, Clinton Canion and Brandon Critendon.

The family would like to express sincere appreciation to: Scooter and Sandra Henke for their priceless friendship and never-ending support during his battle with cancer, Ricky and Glenda Whatley and Kenny and Marsha Frels for their visits, Pastor Green for his newfound friendship, Dr. Kaseb, Dr. Chimela, MD Anderson and all of his Hospice nurses.

Thoughts and memories may be shared online at  Arrangements and services under the personal care of Grace Funeral Homes & Cemeteries.