Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma

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Howard Randolph “Randy” Martin

Born: 11/28/1983

Died: 10/28/2005

Maiden Name: n/a

Honorific: n/a

Randy Martin passed away October 28, 2005. He was born November 28, 1983, to Randy and Theresa Martin. He was such a proud brother when his sister, Amber, was born two years later. They grew as friends, nearly inseparable. He always cared for and looked out for her. He was active in sports, 4-H, band, football and wrestling.

Randy worked part-time and summer for Central Arizona Raceway and Serita Aerial beginning about age 12. He graduated from school a year early and on the very next Monday began working full-time and had worked every day since.

He met his soul mate, Yvette, while still in high school and they began life together. They purchased their first home before his 18th birthday, although he had to wait to finalize the paperwork until he turned 18 because a man doesnt have his parents co-sign his first home.

He worked at Tempe Mechanical, Stigler Welding, Big O Tires and Goldman Dairy before he moved into partnership with his current employer. He left for work most mornings before 4 a.m., returning home most nights after 8 p.m. He had a very physical job and a long drive. He always said, My Dad worked hard and sacrificed so that we could have a better life than he had, and now it’s my turn. Within 10 years he would have owned the company outright so his job was important to him for their future.

On October 3, his beautiful daughter, Dominique, was born. Randy took off work as long as he could but a man has to do what a man has to do. During the day he worked, he made the long drive home each night to bathe and take care of his dogs (which he loved and spoiled like his children) and would drive back to the valley to spend the night on a cot so he could be with his wife and baby.Randy and his wife and family would have never had to worry for lack of anything.

He was taken from us too soon. In the end, he gave the ultimate sacrifice for his family … his life, taken by an intruder in his home.

Survivors include his family, Yvette and Dominique, of the home; mother, Theresa Louise Ritch Martin of Stigler; father, Howard Randy Martin of San Manuel, Arizona; grandfather, Otis Doyle Ritch of Dallas; and great-grandfather, Louise Johnson Ritch Lafave of Stigler.