Thomas Joseph Martin, Jr., 74 Lonedell, Missouri, lost the Covid fight and went to Heaven on Saturday, December 12, 2020 surrounded by his family. Tom went by many other names, the most treasured were the names his wife, children and grandchildren would call him, Honey, Dad, Pops, PaPa, Pop Pop, Popsy Wopsy, and Grandfather. To many others he was known as PaPa T, T-Bob or Uncle T. He loved to give nicknames to people and pets. We will forever treasure our nicknames.
Tom and his wife, Lisa (nee Beseda) shared 42 years together, and one of their songs was, Working on a Full House, by Garth. Working together on that full house is exactly what they did. They had three of the most wonderful children on this earth, Ben, Zac and Margo. Then one day their children started working on their full houses: Ben married Kim Krieger and blessed Tom and Lisa with two beautiful granddaughters, Ava and Eve. Zac married Maggie Bahn and they blessed Tom and Lisa with two beautiful granddaughters, Lucy and Molly. Margo married Byron Souza and they blessed Tom and Lisa with two wonderful grandsons, Levi and Luke and we gained some bonus grandkids from Byron, Kai who is the best big brother his little brothers could have been blessed with, and Maddie and Ashlyne.
In 1991, Tom wanted the best life he could give his family and living in the country was Tom and Lisa’s dream. The family moved to a beautiful piece of heaven on earth, in Lonedell, Missouri. They had land and a lake. Tom dedicated himself to creating what many know as “The Martin Retreat”. Over the years, many people have had the pleasure of enjoying a day at the lake and the beauty that Tom worked diligently to maintain. He loved how many caught their first fish in our lake.
Through the years Tom and Lisa opened their home to many others who called “The Martin Retreat” their second home. He was the father figure to many. He was the man so many looked up to. He set an example of what a hard-working man and what a good husband and father is. He was, “The Man, The Myth, The Legend”. He was the wisest man many ever knew.
Many animals had the pleasure of having my honey as their father. He loved his animals and always had a soft spot in his heart for our four-legged family members. We used to always say, “our animals get to live on a little piece of heaven on earth” with the best Dad they could ever have.
Tom was born April 18, 1946, the son of Fran Nickason. Tom’s biological father passed before he was ever born, Thomas J. Martin, Sr. He was raised by his mother, her Sister Loretta Copenhaver, known by most as Nans and his step father Kenny Nickason.
Tom grew up in St. Louis County and has relatives in Hannibal, Missouri. When Tom came of age, he joined the Army during the Vietnam Era. After being honorably discharged, Tom started as a salesman in the food distribution business. With hard work and willingness to learn, Tom worked his way up to successfully manage several food distributorships. His work career story is a story in itself. He could have written a motivational book to inspire many young people. He mentored many and aspired others to have the same work ethic that he had.
Tom loved the outdoors! He loved fishing and hunting and working outside. Being on the tractor or lawn mower was his quiet time. He would always say, “my thinking time”. As Tom’s health declined over the years his joy shifted to his Grandchildren, whom he loved with all of his heart and soul. Tom was one of the biggest supporters of the Republican Party and he loved watching Fox News.
Tom’s legacy lives on through the many lives he touched. He was fiercely proud of his children and passionate about his wife. Tom was a believer in the Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
A private celebration of life will be held to honor Tom at a later date.
Memorials can be made to Lonedell School Scholarship fund, find a memorial that helps fight Covid or the front-line workers nurses, doctors, first responders.
Condolences may be sent to the family via our website: russellcolonialfuneralhome.com