Funeral services for Mr. Jeffery Lane Martin, age 53 of Simsboro, LA will be held at 2:00 PM, Wednesday, January 25, 2023 at Owens Memorial Chapel Funeral Home in Ruston, LA with Rev. Scott Jennings officiating. Burial will follow in the Unionville Cemetery in Dubach, LA under the direction of Owens Memorial Chapel Funeral Home of Ruston.
Jeff was born June 18, 1969 in Ruston to Judy and Jackie Martin, and he passed from this life January 21, 2023 in Ruston following a brief illness. When he wasn’t working as a driver for House of Raeford, he was most likely taking care of business from his command center, at home on the phone. Jeff commanded all: family, friends, co-workers and even strangers. He was a leader of laughter. No matter the location, the situation or the audience, Jeff would lead the discussion and would have everyone laughing. He had advice for anybody, for anytime and for anything.
Jeff was a veterinarian, a doctor and a therapist as well as a weather man and a lawyer. He knew it all. With the memory of an elephant, as Jeff “never forgot anything,” family and friends grew to listen and to laugh while Jeff told them how it was. Anyone who ever had the privilege to meet Jeff met a “one and only” and would never forget him, as his laugh, his smile and his personality were truly gifts. He had a huge heart for pets. Jeff had numerous cats and dogs, all his “babies” that he loved very much. He could even master the meanest of chihuahuas and the wildest of mutts. Jeff was the Dog Whisperer to them all. He was the master of them all. Jeff would run dogs to hunt raccoons, fox and deer.
When he wasn’t in the woods, he was on the water catching the “biggest” fish. The fish were always much bigger in Jeff’s stories than they really were. He had to fight with many fish to get them into the boat because they were so large. Jeff was a superior storyteller. No matter the subject or what really happened, his version was always much larger. His stories may or may not have been true, however, they were definitely entertaining. Jeff worshipped his Lord by watching John Hagee of the Cornerstone Church in San Antonio, TX on Sunday mornings.
Jeff is survived by his wife of eight years Helen Martin of Simsboro; siblings: Jacqueline and husband Michael Atkinson of Ruston, Johnny Martin and wife Cristy of Ruston and Jimmy Martin and wife Amanda of Simsboro; sons Chance Martin of Dubach and Bradlee Martin of Missoula, MT; grandchildren; numerous aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews; and a host of family and friends.
Serving as pallbearers will be Joey Bagwell, Hunter Bennett, Clark Canterbury, Doug Cooper, Cooper Martin, Kyle Martin and Joe Roberson.
Visitation will be 12:00-2:00 PM, Wednesday, January 25, 2023 at the funeral home. To leave an online memorial message for the family, please visit www.owensmemorialfuneralhome.com.
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