William Basil Martin, Jr. died Thursday, December 6, 2012 in Oklahoma City. He was born July 9, 1928, the only child to Wm. Basil Martin and Elizabeth Dorthea (Bombeck) Martin in Muskogee, OK. He attended school in Muskogee. Basil joined the U.S. Navy in 1946 and served three years. Upon his return from the Navy he attended and graduated from Northeastern State University, where he was a member of Kappa Mu Epsilon, honorary math society. He married Mary D. Hair of Muskogee on March 17, 1953. They have one son, Wm. Basil Martin, III of OKC, born on his birthday July 9, 1954. He was preceded in death by his parents. Basil began working for OG&E in the Construction Dept. in Muskogee upon his graduation from college. He was transferred from Muskogee to Harrah, and then to the General Office in OKC where he became Coordinator of Computer Applications in the Engineering Dept., from which he retired after 33 years with the company. Basil began playing golf with his father when he was eleven and has always loved the game. He was an avid reader and liked to garden. He was a member of Lakeside Assembly of God. Basil is survived by his son and daughter-in-law, Basil III and Tonja Martin, a sister-in-law, Patricia Bennett of Tulsa, several nephews and nieces and many friends.
Basil lived primarily with his Grandmother, Louisa Teresa Francisca Bombeck in Muskogee, who he adored, until she died when he was nine. His grandmother came to America from Alsace Lorraine, France and became the governess of Senator Robert Owens’ children, the first Senator of Oklahoma. She met and married Henry Bombeck, who was a cattle broker from Germany. One of Basil’s favorite Scriptures is: “Yet we have this assurance: Those who belong to God shall live again.” Isaiah 26:19 (TLB)
Formal Visitation will be held from 9:00 –10:30am on Wednesday at Matthews Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, December 12, 2012 at Matthews Funeral Home Chapel, Edmond, OK.
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