Philanthropist Nicholas Martin died New Year’s Day | Fort Worth Business Press

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Nicholas Martin and his wife, 

 Millions of dollars donated to organizations such as Baylor Scott and White, the North Texas Community Foundation, Texas Wesleyan University, and Michigan Trout Unlimited, died on January 1. 

He was 96 years old and died peacefully in his sleep. 

Mr. Martin and his wife have made generous contributions to various causes and institutions in Fort Worth and throughout the United States. 

Nick Martin, Brad Corbett and Amon Carter Jr. were all early owners of the Texas Rangers. 

Martins’ beneficiaries include 

, Louella Martin (Louella Martin) serves as a board member. Since its establishment in 1890, her family has been working in the school. Her grandfather, James B. Baker, was a trustee from 1895 to 1912, and her father, Edward L. Baker, served as a board member from 1945 to 1969 and served as the school’s chairman. 12 years on board 


", Texas Wesley President Frederick G. Slabach (Frederick G. Slabach) said. "But the most important thing is that Nick made it clear how much he loves his family – Lou, his 43-year-old wife, has seven Children and stepchildren, 19 grandchildren and stepchildren, and 13 great-grandchildren. 

Slabach said: "He will be deeply missed." 

Mike Sanborn, President of Baylor Scott & White All Saints Medical Center, said: "The board and staff of our hospital feel very sad to hear the news of Nick Martin's death." "Nick and his wife Lou have always been our most loyal and generous support. One of them. Over the years, their charity has left an indelible mark on our hospital through a large number of donations, most recently to build a new emergency department. Nick is an extraordinary person who can always feel his presence. " 

Martins established the Nicholas and Luela Martin Charity Fund at the North Texas Community Foundation to support Texas Wesley, Cook Children’s Fund and many other organizations, including Fort Worth Zoo, Cleburne, Texas Ballet, United Way, Red Cross, Boys Tarrant County Girls and Girls Club, Museum of Science and History, Fort Worth Country Day, All Saints Bishop's School, and Bellescott and White Templar Medical Center. 

Rose Bradshaw, President and CEO of the North Texas Community Foundation, said: "Nick Martin has played an important role in our community." "Nick’s business has been successful in the past 40 years. This made it possible for him to provide generous support to many local organizations. We thank Nick and his wife Lou for everything, including the main building and emergency room of Baylor’s All Saints’ Church, Poly’s Boys and Girls Club, and All Saints’ Church Numerous campus improvements at the Guild School and Texas Wesleyan College." 

Bradshaw said: "The Community Foundation will always thank Nick for serving on our board of directors (1997-2002; Chairman of the Board of Directors 2001-2002) and providing us with funds to start the ToolBox Grant program to build non-profit capabilities." Nick Martin left Fort Worth for a better place. I know that in the years to come, all of us will continue to benefit from his incredible generosity. " 

"Nick brings soft-spoken joy to all of our conversations. The time I spend with him is almost always associated with him and Lou when he and Lou celebrated his grandson at the Fort Worth Country Festival," Fort Worth Country Festival Said Eric Lombard, the head of the school. 

Fort Worth Country Day is home to the Lou and Nick Martin campus center, which is 2,200 square feet and opened in 2010. 

He said: "He is proud of his family, not only eager to improve their school learning experience, but also wants to make these experiences better for everyone in the FWCD community. He changed the lives of others, including many in our school. I Thank me for the opportunity to be with him and see the children experience happiness," Lombard said. 

"Nick Martin is a legend in his hometown boys and girls club. His eponymous location, Nicholas and Louella Martin, is located across from Texas Wesleyan University." Grand Tarrant County Boys and Girls Club CEO and President Daphne Barlow Stigliano said. 

"For decades, Mr. Martin has been gathering for the children at the Boys and Girls Club. He has always believed that only a chance to succeed is needed. Stigliano said: "His passion for accomplishing tasks and services includes providing 20 for the Anglican School of All Saints. Several full scholarships for boys and girls club members. "He never missed an opportunity to help, and asked others to join him. His legacy of serving the club will not be forgotten. " 

Joy Ann Havran (Joy Ann Havran) is a famous philanthropist and a supporter of Country Day. The track is named Barrett Havran to commemorate the past So son. 

"They are the first on the dance floor and the last on the dance floor. They are just a couple who like to play very much," Havran said. "Nick is really a giant among men. He is witty, smart, and funny. 

"From the lifeguard at the Mackinac Island Hotel in Michigan, to one of the owners of the Texas Rangers and a series of successful business activities, he did it. He and Lou are undoubtedly the best in Fort Worth and Texas. Generous philanthropist. They touched many different aspects of Fort Worth. It's an honor to be his friend," Hafland said. 

Mr. Martin was born on February 23, 1924 and grew up in Birmingham, Michigan, a suburb of Detroit. When he was young, he was athletic and loved playing ice hockey and football. Mr. Martin served in the U.S. Army at a critical moment of World War II. The family said in their official obituary that he had served as a sergeant in the 94th Infantry Division of the US Army in European Army combat. 

After the war, he graduated from Denison University in Granville, Ohio, and worked with his father in the wholesale timber business at Dealers Wholesale Supply. 

In 1969, Mr. Martin and others including Brad Corbett co-founded Robintech, a plastic pipe company located in Fort Worth and became Part of the Texas Rangers baseball franchise. 

In 1977, he married his wife Louella "Lou" Martin and moved to Fort Worth. 

After selling Robintech’s shares in 1979, Mr. Martin founded Master Shield, a vinyl siding company, and sold it in 1985. Since 1988, Mr. Martin has been engaged in real estate development in many real estate companies in Texas, Michigan and Kansas. 

Mr. Martin is an avid golfer and a long-term member of Shady Oaks Country Club and Orchard Lake Country Club. He also developed the Waterchase Golf Club in Fort Worth. 

Martin stated that when he is a successful businessman and entrepreneur and has business relationships in the United States, Canada, Mexico and Japan, Mr. Martin may become a philanthropist and volunteer, playing the greatest role in the Fort Worth community. 

He feels that he is living a fruitful life and he has a responsibility to give back to the community that gave him so much money. Ob told that, for this, he established the Nicholas and Luela Martin Foundation, which is associated with the North Texas Community Foundation to provide support for valuable causes. 

Mr. Martin also provided scholarships for poor students who deserved to attend the All Anglican School. 

He has worked for boys and girls clubs in Detroit and Fort Worth for many years, and his philanthropy has moved Denison University. 

The family said that Mr. Martin's beliefs benefited him throughout his life. He grew up in the Episcopal Church, and he and his wife Lou are long-term members of the First United Methodist Church. He strives to meet the needs of the community and help those around him succeed, thus expressing his Christian faith. 

"Nick has always been a great person, and one of my favorites: irritable but entertaining; rude but soft-hearted, said Tad Bird, the principal of All Saints' Bishop's School. "Our regular meetings are full of creative, comforting and colorful conversations. Nick is a very particular lecturer with a dry sense of humor. I was lucky enough to call him a friend. " 

Bird said that the building with Martin in All Saints’ Church is very important, but what’s more important is Mr. Martin’s enthusiasm for supporting underserved children. Girls clubs come to reflect. 

"His desire is to ensure that capable, motivated and financially needed students have the opportunity to be challenged and can enter a top-notch university so that they can play an active role in their respective communities. So far, these students have 30 They graduated from institutions such as Dartmouth, Rice, Trinity and TCU, and serve the world in a variety of meaningful ways. 

In 1998, Nick and Lou received the Saint Award, which is the most honored recognition of the school. 

"Nick’s love pervades the entire family. Nick’s daughter Cindy Adams (Cindy Adams) holds important positions on our board and daughters, Nick’s granddaughter Kelly Adams Katz ('95) and Melly Melissa Adams (Melissa Adams, '98), is the proud alumnus of all Saints, and Nick's grandson Baker Parker ('13)," Bird said. 

Mr. Martin was survived by his 43-year-old wife, Louella Martin; his daughter Cynthia Martin Adams and husband John, Christine Ellen Kraatz and Barbara Martin; his son Kirk Martin and wife Casey; his stepdaughter Julie Parker McBride, Cynthia Parker McDonald and husband Bob. And his stepson David Parker and his wife Nancy. 

The family said that Mr. Martin likes to be a grandfather. Nothing brings him more happiness than his 19 grandsons and step-grandchildren: Michelle Ferris, Heather Minor, Kelly Card Roberts, Melissa Adams, Corey X, Nick Martin and Lindsay Jaffa, Jonathan Martin, Barron Parker, Baker Parker, Ben Parker, Natalie Campbell, Richard McBride, Georgeanna McBride, Isabelle McBride, Alexei Zimmer, Rob Macdonald, Catie Macdonald and Patrick Macdonald. He also had 13 great-grandchildren who survived. 

The service is being processed. 

The family used flowers instead of gifts to give gifts to the Boys and Girls Club of Grand Tarrant County. 3218 East Belknap Street, Fort Worth, Texas, Texas 76111 and Jewelry Charity, 3301 Hamilton Ave. #121, Ft Worth, TX 76107 

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