Gary Allen's Story
Gary Allen Martin, "Papa," was born October 24, 1952, in Canton, Oklahoma. He departed this life on November 29, 2017, after a hard fought battle against cancer.
He was the baby of eight children born to Lavern Riley and Hazel Francis Kephart Martin.
He attended Canton Public Schools, where he excelled in all sports. After graduating from Canton high school in 1970, he attended SWOSU and Autry Vo-tech.
He married Terry Sue Anson and together they had three children. Gary was a fun loving dad who was active in coaching, Boy Scouts and playing with all the neighborhood kids.
Gary loved to play in alumni football games and played league basketball well into his 40's.
Gary served as a volunteer fire fighter for the Canton Fire Department. He had the privilege of being on a search and rescue team during the OKC bombing.
He was a member of the Canton Lions Club, former President of the Canton Sports Boosters, and a dedicated loyal Sooner fan.
He found his true calling when he became a Papa! His love for his grandchildren is never ending.
Gary was the town plumber for many years. He worked in the oilfield industry for various companies until his retirement in October of this year.
Gary never met a stranger; if you weren't already friends with him, you would be by the time you finished your conversation. He has many life long friends with stories too numerous to mention.
Gary is survived by his wife Terry; daughter Lesa Vaughn and husband Chris; son Gary Mikel Martin and wife Shannon; and son Anthony Martin.
He is also survived by grandchildren, Colby and Jackie Haigler, Reid and Kylie Haigler, Gabby and Brooks Martin, Brittannee, Christian, and Terlee Martin.
Two great-grandbabies, Rhett Haigler and Jovi Haigler. And a special sister and brother-in-law, Donna and Ron Munyon; brothers Ronnie Martin and wife Lola, Leon Martin and wife Georgia, and sister Barbara Weber; as well as numerous family and friends.
He is preceded in death by his parents, two sisters Carol James and Laverna Nichols, and two brothers Doyle Dean and Lynyard Martin; and many other family and friends.
Funeral services is 10:30 a.m. Friday, December 1, 2017, at the Canton Christian Church, with burial following at the Canton Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Canton Boy Scouts or to the Papa Gary A. Martin memorial fund at the Community State Bank, to assist underprivileged athletes to purchase letter jackets. Boomer Sooner!
Condolences may be made online at www.PierceFuneralHomes.com.
Published on November 30, 2017