Richard John Martin

Crowley-Richard John Martin, 79, passed away Wednesday, January 6, 2021, in Fort Worth, Texas of natural causes.

Service:He will be laid to rest with his beautiful wife Peggy on January 28th at 3:00 p.m. in the Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery. In the spring, a celebration of life will be held with his family and friends in Danville, Illinois.

Richard was born December 21,1941, in Chicago, Illinois to the late Edith Krack and John P. Martin. While serving in the Navy he met and later married his beautiful wife Peggy MacNiven on January 16, 1965, in Chicago, Illinois. They had a total of seven children together. They lived in Chicago and later moved to Boston, Massachusetts and Danville, Illinois before settling down in Texas in 1986.
Richard and his wife enjoyed traveling to Branson, Missouri together where they would enjoy live performances of all kinds. Some of their favorite pastimes together included playing cards, listening to music and dancing. He was also very politically inclined and spent a lot of time watching the news, discussing politics and writing monthly newsletters about the state of our country.                                                            Richard was a devoted husband and a loving father and grandfather. He was loved dearly by all who were fortunate to be in his life and will be missed deeply. Love you dad.

Richard was preceded in death by his wife Peggy Martin and infant son, Richard J. Martin Jr.

Survivors: Son, Kerry Martin and wife, Amy of Texas; daughters, Linda Viens and her husband Rick of Georgia, Shea Tyrone and her husband Stephen of Texas, Jill Shaw and her husband Gene of Indiana, Veronica Martin and her husband Steve Dunn of Illinois and Laurel Faith and her husband David Faith of Ft. Worth, Texas; and brother Ray Martin and his wife Cathy, and sister Lynn Richmond, both of Illinois. Richard has 12 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren.

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  1. So hard to imagine life without Dad. I was one of the lucky children, blessed with exceptional, kind, loving and self sacrificing, for their children, parents. Dad would always tuck Ronnie and me into bed, after we said our night prayers. We were blessed with the best Father and Mother, a child could hope for. I am so thankful for my parents, and their unconditional and undying love.

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