Rev. Mark Martin Obituary

Rev. Mark D. Martin

April 17, 1957 – October 21, 2022

Rev. Mark David Martin, 65 years of age, passed away unexpectedly on Friday, October 21, 2022, in Independence, Missouri.

Rev. Martin was born in Midland, Texas in 1957 to Barbara Coy Martin and Herschel Raye Martin, both deceased. Rev. Martin 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 ministry. Rev. Martin 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.

Rev. Martin loved 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.

Rev. Martin is survived by wife Betty, daughter Leah, daughter Rachel (Anthony), grandchildren Matt, Lily and Melody, sister Kris and her family, cousins and their families and by the many thousands of friends and families whose lives he touched through his ministry.


Service & Visitation held at
Trinity Lutheran Church
100 N. Fredrick
St. Cape Girardeau 63701

Saturday, Nov 5 from 10AM–1PM

Service of Celebration
Sunday, Nov 6 at 2PM
This will also be livestreamed to Trinity’s Facebook Page.

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.


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