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In Memory

John Martin

John Martin

John 'Jack' Martin 1950-2012

12/04/2012, 3:56 pm

STREATOR — John "Jack" Martin, 61, of Streator, passed away Monday, Dec. 3, at his home.

A memorial service will be at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 5, at Elias Funeral Home, Streator. Monsignor Philip Halfacre will officiate. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. Private family burial will be at a later date. Cremation rites have been accorded.

Born Dec. 30, 1950, he was the son of John and Martha (Chrest) Martin. He married Diane (Bakalar) Flavel on Feb. 14, 1982, who survives.

He is survived by his wife; daughter, Stephanie Lee Martin, of Urbana; brother, Ed (Barbara) Martin, of Hillsboro, Ore.; sister, Donna Martin, of Mattoon; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

He was a member of the Marshall County Sportsman's Club.

He attended local grade schools and graduated from Streator Township High School.

Jack received his degree in history from Illinois State University. He pursued multiple career paths including teaching history and geography.

Jack loved his fishing trips to Minnesota and Canada. He enjoyed gardening, photography, cooking for his friends and family and watching football games with his daughter.

Memorials may be directed to the family of Jack Martin.

You may sign the guestbook for the family at www.eliasfh.com.

Elias Funeral Home

208 N. Park St., Streator, IL 61364



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12/05/12 09:25 AM #1    

Mary Jo Hart (Brust. 815-488-8082)

Rest in Peace, Jack. I will always remember the gentleman you were. God speed my friend.

12/05/12 11:47 AM #2    

Betsy Mohan (Kain)



It is with sadness that I read Jack’s OB this morning. Thanks for the email notice. Indeed we are blessed with this wonderful connection. 


Jack and I started out together almost sixty-two years ago -both entering the world on December 30, 1950 at St. Mary’s Hospital. We coincidentally discovered this when we became fast friends in Grade School. As you know, the Martins lived on the corner of Washington and Bloomington. My family lived down the block on Washington Street.  I use to walk (with Mary Kay Baker and Linda Ritko) very slowly past the Martin House with hopes of glancing young Jack Martin. Jack was quite something! His huge smile lit up the world. His wonderful dimples captured immediate attention. Jack’s eyes sparkled with fun and mischevious energy. Jack was a big star especially in the summer on the Baseball Field.  Teke, Schmidty & Jack (St. Stephen’s St. Anthony’s & Oakland) were quite the trio with young gals from all three schools (and others) fawning for their attention.


In our later Bulldog years, we often double dated… especially Senior year … Patty & Jack; Randy & Betsy. Jack’s popularity was wide spread. He was our Senior Class President.  Jack’s authentic nature made him a favorite across the board. Jack always entertained us.  JACK may have missed his calling in comedy. He championed HEY MOON… a ritual he randomly started that cracked us up.  It perhaps masqueraded the classic 18 year-old precipice.   Soon we would all embark on foreign territory (college, war, life after Streator, Illinois) and wondered what lay ahead.  Jack’s humor met the paradox of youth straight on and invited the rest of us not to take ourselves too seriously.  Enjoy the present…  our time together.


It was so great to see Jack at our 40th… He seemed a little older and wiser (like most of us lucky to be there). Our old bond and ease of hanging together was immediate. The next night we enjoyed amazing tenderloins at Smitty’s Leonore Tavern with other Bulldogs.


Over the years (thanks to our wonderful Bulldog Online Connection) Jack and I exchanged a few notes (bday greetings). Whenever we had a chance to visit, he always mentioned Stephanie who was his pride and joy.  Jack just beamed whenever he spoke of Stephanie.


As another good soul bites the dust… Godspeed, dear Jack.


I pray Jack did not suffer. His smile and the way Jack made you feel… will endure in our hearts forever.  God bless.  





01/06/13 11:09 AM #3    

Marjorie Thomas

Hi Jack.. just wanted to let you know I've been thinking about you.. I was sorry to hear of your illness.. and that you now have left us.. but I heard from my family and others.. that you faced each day with strength and determination.. and that is was true inspiration to all to see how you faced every day with spirit and courage..

I hope Jack.. my heartfelt wishes.. and loving thoughts of you will somehow add some cheer to those that cherished and loved you so..

our junior year was by far the best.. together.. you.. me.. Panno and Mohan worked extremely hard to give our class a year to remember.. I'm not quite sure Jack if our class will ever know what the four of us did for them.. but that doesnt really matter does it?.. we did it because we wanted all of our friends to smile and remember.. and I can assure you Jack.. they all did..

sometimes the smallest gifts can bring the greatest joys.. thankyou for that surprise kiss Jack.. I promise to always remember that special moment.. and many more..

thankyou for being a great friend Martin..

love.. Stinar


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