John Newton Martin
John Newton Martin, 82, died on April 2, 2017. He was preceded in death by his parents, James Floyd Martin and Annie Helen Falkenbury; siblings, Mary “Edith” Martin, James Owen Martin, Joe Floyd Martin, Lonnie Sturgess Martin, and Gladys Helen Martin. He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Dorothy Sampey Martin; children, Dottie Gautreaux and husband Mark of Conroe, Texas, Ted Martin of New Columbia, Pennsylvania, Maryann Boudreaux and husband Todd of Lafayette; eight grandchildren, Courtney Martin of Scott, Joshua Martin and wife Andrea Martin of Lafayette, Jason Gautreaux of Conroe, Samantha Martin of Austin, Annie Martin of Wellsboro, PA, Emily Martin of Wellsboro, PA, Noah John Boudreaux of Lafayette, and Andrew Martin Boudreaux of Lafayette; and one great grandchild, Jacques Martin of Lafayette. He was a longtime resident of Lafayette and a native of Cotulla. In 1954 due to a difference of opinion with the La Salle County Game Wardens he decided to move to Louisiana. While living in New Orleans, he met and married his wife of 62 years. John was a pioneer in the oil industry, which brought him to Lafayette in 1970. One of his many accomplishments was to erect the first offshore rig in Mexico for Pemex. Later, he owned and operated Martin Well Service, Inc., Martin Services International, Inc. and Martin Hotline Systems, Inc., which he later sold to Baker Oil Tools. Pallbearers included, Noah John Boudreaux, Andrew Martin Boudreaux, Jason Gautreaux, Joshua Martin, Mark Gautreaux, Todd Boudreaux, Joe Martin and Ted Martin. Funeral Services were held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, April 6, in the Delhomme Funeral Home Chapel of the Flowers. Rev. Mike Walker, Pastor of The Bayou Church conducted the funeral service. Burial was held in Holy Mary Mother of God Cemetery. Arrangement were under the direction of Delhomme Funeral Home, Lafayette, LA . Personal condolences may be sent to the Martin family at www.delhommefuneralhome.com.