Darrel Lee Martin, a Grove, Okla. resident for nearly 38 years, aired his last broadcast on the air and around the world on February 21st, 2018. He was surrounded by his family and dear friends as he took his final breath.
Lovingly referred to as 'Rusty', he was a "MacGyver" who could build anything with just a paper clip and a pair of pliers. He was a pioneer of the technological revolution of the last several decades. He built and sold two cable TV systems, an airplane, and his greatest achievement, our local Christian talk radio station KWXC 88.9, all from the ground up.
With this venture he was able to use his passion for people and servant's heart to cast a wider net than he ever could on Grand Lake. Fishing for men, both in our four state area, and through his online broadcast that reached nations around the world. Grove Broadcasting operates under the mission statement of Matthew 13: 47 "Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto a net, that was cast into the sea, and gathered of every kind." Serving the Lord faithfully for 38 years as a Sunday school teacher, bus driver, and children's church leader at Grace Harbor Baptist Church, formerly Independent Baptist Church, of Grove.
Rusty was a U.S. Navy veteran who served in Vietnam. He was a part of the Rivers of Life Men's Bible study, a HAM radio operator, a pilot, and an A&P mechanic.
Born on Feb. 1, 1944, in Albany, Calif., he is preceded in death by his parents, Darrel and May Martin; brother, Danny Martin; and a little one that never saw the light.
He is survived by his wife of 40 years, Debbie Martin. Son, Jeff Martin, wife Paula, granddaughters, Hayleigh, Emma, and Lauren, of Raymore, Mo. Daughter, Rachael Murray, and granddaughter Maddie, of Sierra Vista, Ariz. Son, Travis Martin, wife, Namwan, and grandchildren, Cody, Gracie and soon-to-be Samuel, of Chiang Rai, Thailand. Daughter, Peggy Grace Cruz and husband, Carlos, of Grove. Sister, Loyce Shelnutt and husband, Tim, of Anderson, Mo. Numerous nieces and nephews, who loved their uncle dearly, and so many others who he brought into his heart and home.
Our family is so thankful to Dr. Matthew Miller, of Joplin Mo., his oncologist of 11 years and we refer to as the John Wayne of cancer. He worked so hard these last 8 months to buy us more time.
We are eternally grateful to our Great God and Saviour Jesus Christ, who gave our family a miracle, letting Rusty live a fairly normal life doing what he loved and was called to do by broadcasting God's word day and night.
Memorial services, will be Saturday, Feb 24th, at 11 a.m. at Grace Harbor Baptist Church, at 11th and Grand, in Grove.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made online to continue his work and life's calling by supporting Grove Broadcasting at www.kwxcradio.com or mailed to 69601 East 290 Road, Grove, OK 74344.
Published on February 27, 2018