Danny Gene ‘Boone’ Martin

Published 7:00 pm Sunday, June 16, 2013

Danny “Boone” Martin gained his angel wings on Friday, June 14, 2013, at the age of 59.

Visitation is Monday, June 17, from 5 until 9 p.m. at Riverwood Family Funeral Service, with services Tuesday, June 18 at 11 a.m., also at Riverwood. Graveside service will follow at Bethel Temple Cemetery.

Boone was born Oct. 7, 1953, to Marvin and Alvie Burns Martin.

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He is preceded in his new life by his grandparents, Edgar Collins Sr. and Bazzie Lee “Jinx” Martin, Ted and Lillian Burns, and a dog he loved as much as he loved any of us, “Marmaduke.”

Boone was so special and made a positive impact on everyone he came in contact with, starting on the day he was born, Oct. 7, which is also his mother’s birth date. Boone always made an entrance.

Boone is survived by his parents; wife and absolute best friend, Marie Rusche Martin; two beautiful daughters that he loved more than life itself, Brittany and Kaycie Martin; mother-in-law, Myrt Hisaw VanLeuvan; brothers, Edward Martin, Gordon and wife, Esther Martin, Lance Magee, and Roger and wife Heather Martin; sisters, Martha Martin, Rhonda Martin Wallace and husband, Ken, and Brandi Martin; brother-in-law, Freddie Rusche II; sister-in-law, Margie Brown and husband, Mark; nieces and nephews that are too important not to list, Derek Martin, Alex Martin, Heather Hudnall, Nicole King, Ira King, Ashley (Tiffany) Martin, Karla Bett Martin, Nicone Paquin, Kayle Paquin, Eli Holmes, Chancy (Kim) Wallace, Cory (Dallas) Wallace, Chris Wallace, Will Melton, Dylann Harris, Ethan Harris, Cassidy Harris, Bradyn Martin, Adrian Martin, Preston Martin and John Daniel and Reece Martin; eight great-nieces and nephews and many, many cousins that were as close as siblings; and the family pet “Bella.”

Honorary pallbearers will be Harold Bradford Jr., Guy Pruden, Danky Rutland, Brad Mahaffey, Ward Blackwell and Joe Paul Williams.

Boone made his living chasing drilling rigs all over Texas and offshore and traveling the United States as a boilermaker until seven years ago when we as a family first heard that dreaded word, “cancer.”

That didn’t stop Boone. He spent the last seven years taking care of any and everybody in need. If the porch needed fixing, Boone was there. If the faucet was leaking, Boone was there. If the mailbox needed fixing, Boone was there; and, of course, if the grass needed cutting, Boone was there!

Boone liked flowers and they will be appreciated, but also, in lieu of flowers, tell your better half how much you love them; tell your parents how much you love and appreciate them; hug your children; make amends with ones you’ve disagreed with; try to right your wrongs. Give with a loving heart; listen with an understanding ear; and love with your whole being. That’s what Boone would want you to do.

To express your thoughts to the family, you may visit riverwoodfamily.com and click on his name to leave a comment.