Marvin Craig Martin, known since childhood as "Craig," passed away suddenly on Friday, May 10, 2019, at home in Kohls Ranch, Payson, Arizona. He was discovered early that morning by his wife, Sharon Carrico-Martin. EMS responders were unable to revive him and cause of death was determined to be heart attack.
Craig and Sharon enjoyed 32 years of love and partnership, delighting in good times, supporting each other through hardships, and having adventures at every opportunity. When they married in 1987, Craig acquired a family with two teenagers whom he nurtured, lectured, and dearly loved--his precious daughters, Kimberly and Alison. He and Sharon dreamed of retiring to Kohls Ranch, a small mountain community in Central Arizona, surrounded by Tonto National Forest. His family and friends are consoled by the thought that since January 2019 he began to live that dream and was having the time of his life until he was taken from us too soon.
Craig was a man who truly never knew a stranger, which everyone who knew him will confirm. He always began conversations with "how are you, how's the family," etc, with a genuine interest in hearing the answer; he always ended with "have a blessed day, okay?"
He was a big sports fan, especially of basketball and baseball, and enjoyed rooting for the University of Texas Longhorns--both men's and women's teams. He loved to travel within and outside the USA, and eagerly anticipated new experiences. On a recent cruise, he went on a zipline tour, high in a Costa Rican jungle canopy, and enjoyed every minute. While riding to and from a coffee plantation visit, he learned some new Spanish words from the bus driver and tour guide, and taught them some new English words, plus the "Gig'em Longhorns" hand sign.
Craig was preceded in death by his parents, A.C. Martin, Jr., & Dorothy C. Martin. He is survived by his wife Sharon, daughters Kimberly (Tom) Trujillo and Alison Carrico, sister Dayle (John) Baker, grandson Ryan Trujillo, many nieces and nephews and their families, and numerous relatives more. Craig will also be missed by countless friends, neighbors, fellow volunteers, and former classmates and professional colleagues. He enjoyed keeping in touch with just about everyone he ever met.
Born January 1, 1943, Craig was raised in New Orleans and was a graduate of St. Rita’s Grammar School and Jesuit High School in New Orleans, and earned a BBA at Louisiana Tech University, Ruston, LA. During the first half of a long career in insurance, he worked as an Inland/Marine underwriter in several states, and then went to work for the Texas Department of Insurance, first as a fraud investigator, later as a consumer complaints specialist, and after retirement in 2003 he returned to work as an information specialist for the TDI 800 Help Line. He was justly proud of becoming fluent in Spanish, one of few colleagues able to assist callers with limited English, and of his service on the occasional disaster assistance teams sent into the field to help victims with submitting claims and to monitor insurance company fair and speedy payments.
Throughout his life, Craig volunteered time and energy to a wide variety of church ministries, serving as Eucharistic minister, lector, and even a stint in the choir. He was also active in many community organizations, such as blood banks, youth programs, English as Second Language for immigrants, and more. He was looking forward to driving for the Payson Meals on Wheels program.
If you would like to make a donation in his memory, in lieu of flowers please consider one of the following 501(c)3 organizations:
Christopher-Kohls Fire Dept--their EMS responded the morning he died
Payson Meals on Wheels--where he had planned to be a volunteer driver
Jesuit High School--he donated annually and kept in close touch with the Class of 1960