William (Bill) Martin was born in South Bend, Indiana on August 15, 1951. Only child to: William Martin and Phyllis Fisher. Bill was escorted by angels departing from University of Chicago Medical Center on March 31, 2015. Practically unconquerable, with courage and humor, he survived one year and nine months.
He leaves behind beloved wife, Nusara, sons: Michael and William Martin, stepchildren: Kraisorn & Tiffany Thupvong, Heather Born, & Lisa Kneeland, step grandchildren: Klair and Amellia Thupvong, Allita & Triella Kneeland, along with adoring friends too numerous to list.
Bill attended Crete High School and Southern Illinois University. Bill was a supporter of the Coast Guard Foundation, a 33 degree Free Mason of Western Springs, Illinois Lodge #1136, a retired Operating Engineer from Local #150 specializing in tower cranes and long booms, as well as Safety Director for a number of years.
A member of First Society for Readers of the Urantia Book, Bill was well- travelled, well-read, a pilot, a sailor, lifted the down-trodden, fed the poor, generous, teller of truth, enjoyed speaking Spanish and sailing his 50 ft. sailboat “Sage of Salem” to Guatemala, preparing amazing feasts for family and friends, studying the Urantia Book and spreading the Good News.
Loyal friend with a heart the size of the moon, Bill will be greatly missed! Until we meet again in time and eternity, adios!
I miss you, today, as I did the day you left. You are not forgotten, Brother-Friend. You have gone on to continue your journey, and I will meet up with you on the other side. See ya ’round the bend!
by Evette Twyford
Bill Martin – One of the most interesting, complicated, kind, generous human beings I have ever had the privilege of knowing. I will be forever greatful to you Bill and you will be missed. Rest easy now in Gods loving arms.
by Becky Browe
Bill Martin was a standup guy. He is the best friend I have ever known. We spent hundreds of hours together sailing. I will for ever miss him. Bill Martin is LOVE. He made me a better person. With brotherly love,
by David Browe – Tadpole 1st Class
So many memories and so much respect for this man, his giant intellect and generous heart. He was always there when I needed help, but he would arrive at times unexpectedly – filling the day with fun and energy. My sincere sympathies go out to his wife Sara and his family.
by Susan Lyon