William F. (Bill) Martin, born September 17, 1939, grew up in and around Owensboro, KY.
He graduated Daviess County High, earned a BS in engineering from the University of Kentucky, and a MS in environmental engineering from the University of Texas.
Bill enjoyed a productive career in locations from Arizona to South Dakota to New York as a civil engineer working for state and federal governments, and retired as a commissioned officer from the US Public Health Services. In retirement, he began a second career as a general contractor and consulting engineer on Treasure Island, FL, later moving with his wife, Virginia, to Boone, N.C.
He published texts on environmental safety and the Clint Mason series of eight western novels. Among those who loved him, he was known for his kind spirit and generosity. His made it his mission, wherever he lived and as he traveled, to support the economy of greasy spoon cafes and lousy coffee shops making friends and spinning yarns.
He died February 11, 2019, in Clearwater, FL and is sorely missed. A Memorial by family and friends will be held July 27, 2019.
Bill was preceded in death by his father, Link Martin, and mother, Lottie (Weatherholt) Patton; his wife, Virginia; his son, Scott; and his brother, Dan. He is survived by son, Eric Martin, and granddaughter and grandson, Michaela and Michael, in Clearwater, FL; sister, Lila Jo (Jim) Smithson, and brother, Sam Martin, of Owensboro, KY and sister, Glenda Blakeman, of Danville; and a host of step-children and grandchildren.