Memories are what carry you through on the hardest days. So, the family is asking for your help in sharing your favorite memory. Please bring your favorite picture of Keith and you to the visitation on Tuesday, May 7. There will also be notecards available that evening for you to write out your favorite memories. Your memories will help bring comfort to the family for years to come.
Keith Allen Martin, 37, of Chelsea, passed away on Thursday, May 2, 2019 in Pryor. He was born on October 31, 1981 in Pryor; the son of Jay and Karesa (Gabbard) Martin. Keith was a 2000 graduate of Pryor High School. Soccer was a big part of his life. Keith played Soccer for Pryor High School and still holds the record for the most goals during one game at Pryor High School. He was Allstate in Soccer in 2000, and played for TSC (Tulsa Soccer Club) throughout High School. Keith earned a soccer scholarship from NEOCC in Tonkawa, Oklahoma, where he attended for 2 years. He worked as a farmer, raising beef cows. He took pride in helping his community as a volunteer firefighter for Diamond Head / Lone Chapel Fire Department. He married Ida Hoffman on July 18, 2009 at the St. Mark’s Catholic Church in Pryor and together raised 2 daughters, Kinzi and Brynn. He loved to teach them to play soccer and spend time with them; they were his true joy in life. In his spare time, Keith liked to go fishing, golfing, hunting, and shooting firearms. He also loved to spend time with his friends and playing with his friends’ children as well as his own. He was diagnosed with Melanoma in August of 2015. “When someone has cancer, the whole family and everyone who loves them does too.” Keith was a wonderful husband, father, son and brother, that was loved, is missed, and will always be cherished. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, May 8, 2019 in the Church of Christ in Pryor, Oklahoma with Brother Don Nelson and Brother D.J. Castoe officiating. Burial will be in the Adair Cemetery with Blake Peper, Clint Peper, Justin Cooper, Brent Allen, Mike Dunham, Dillon Partain, Nate Colwell, and Marcus Matthews serving as casket bearers. Honorary casket bearers will be Chris Martin, Trenton Chancellor, Bobby Hagen, Preston Ellis, Stephen Sutley, Joe Hoffman and the Diamondhead Firefighters. Visitation will be held from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m., Tuesday, May 7, 2019 in the Shipman’s Funeral Home Chapel. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to M.D. Anderson or to the Diamondhead Fire Department. Keith’s family wishes to thank the Church of Christ, Diamondhead Fire Department, and M.D. Anderson and the many family and friends for their years of support, love and prayers. To leave his family a message, please visit his Tribute Wall at www.shipmansfuneralhome.com. Arrangements are under the direction of Shipman’s Funeral & Cremation Service. Keith is survived by his wife, Ida Martin of the home; daughters, Kinzi Martin and Brynn Martin of the home; parents, Jay and Karesa Martin of Pryor, Oklahoma; brother, Chris Martin of Pryor, Oklahoma; sister, Pam Whitlock and husband Greg of Pryor, Oklahoma; niece, Addyson Whitlock of Pryor, Oklahoma; grandmother, Caron Gabbard of Pryor, Oklahoma; and many other relatives and friends. He is preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Jack and Deloris Martin; and maternal grandfather, Louis Gabbard.
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