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Olen Roy "Sam" Martin

Olen Roy Martin, Sam to all his friends, left this world to be with our Lord on June 1, 2022 surrounded by his family after a hard fight with cancer. 

Sam was born on October 19, 1941 in Waurika, Oklahoma, the son of Dennis and Mary Ruth Martin. He spent 40 years working for the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service where he retired in Barry, Texas. Sam was well loved by all. He loved singing karaoke in his trademark overalls and red flag t-shirts and picking and grinning with his guitar buddies at the local senior center.

Sam was preceded in death by his 3 sisters, Linda, Marty, and Lavonia and his wife of 41 years, Iris Martin. Sam leaves behind his special love, Irma Milner of Kemp, Texas; a brother, Ronnie Martin of Colorado; 3 children, Shawn Martin and wife Debbie of Blooming Grove, Texas, Lisa Holifield and husband Randy of Hot Springs AR, and Janet Shugart of Mesquite, Texas. He also leaves behind 6 grandsons, Ryan, Lane, Derek, David, Nathan, and Jared and 3 great grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at a later date. Arrangements by Anderson-Clayton Funeral Home in Kemp, Texas.


Sam was and is the love of my life Go rest high on that mountain my love

Irma Milner Jun 9 2022 5:00 PM

Have many memories of working together with Sam through the years, especially ones involving moving Immigration files from the Stemmons building..

Vaya con Dios, Sam.

Jim Burzynski

Jim Burzynski Jun 6 2022 5:48 PM

Sam was our “boss” when we worked together at Immigration service. His singing and auctioneering will always be remembered.