Reverend Doctor Terry Lee Martin was born October 15, 1947 in Burke, South Dakota, to John Reynold, Jr., and Martha Frieda (Stellwag) Martin. On November 23, 1947, Terry received the gift of Holy Baptism and became a child of God. Terry lived on 3 different farms before moving with his family to Chamberlain in 1956. He attended Pukwana Grade School and Chamberlain Elementary School before attending Chamberlain High School. After graduating from high school, Terry attended Concordia College in St. Paul, Minnesota for two years. He then attended Concordia Senior College in Fort Wayne, Indiana. After graduation, Terry attended Concordia Seminary in St. Louis, Missouri. He graduated in May 1973 with a Masters of Divinity degree and ordained on June 24, 1973. On August 5, 1973, Terry was united in marriage to Nannette Elizabeth Swanson.
Terry and Nannette then moved to Culbertson, NE, where they lived for almost four years, for Terry’s 1st Call. While in Culbertson, Terry and Nannette were blessed with a son, Christian, and a daughter, Michal. Terry moved his family to Eureka, MT, for over a year, then to Stirum, ND, where they lived for over ten years. While in Stirum, Terry and Nannette were blessed with a son, Philip, a daughter, Rachel, and another son, Joshua. Terry then moved his family to Pettibone, ND, where they lived for almost eleven years. While in Pettibone, Terry was diagnosed with Acute Myelogenos Leukemia. He received treatment and a bone marrow transplant at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, NE. In 1999, Terry took a call to White, SD where they lived for almost seven years before moving to Mitchell, SD due to health problems.
Terry passed away on July 16, 2011, at his home in Mitchell, SD, at the age of 63 years, 9 months, and 1 day. Gratefully sharing his life are his wife Nannette of Mitchell; mother Martha Martin of White Lake; son Christian and wife Natalie Martin and grandchildren Adrienne, Andrew, Adeline, and Avery of Sanford, NC; daughter Michal Martin of Brookings, SD; son Philip and wife Nickole Martin and grandchildren Katlin, Megan, Brian, Emma, and Olivea of Julian, NE; daughter Rachel and husband Derek Bult and grandchildren Dannielle and Nora of Seward, NE; son Joshua Martin of South Korea and sister Carol Powers of Chamberlain.
Preceding him in death were his father and brother Rick Martin.
A Memorial Fund has been established.