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Martin, Ronald W.

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May 22, 1945 - January 17, 2021

Martin, Ronald W.

On Sunday, January 17, 2021, Ronald Wayne Martin, loving husband and father of five, entered into eternal life at the age of 75.

Ron was born on May 22, 1945, in Port Arthur, Texas, to Kerney and Lucille Martin. Raised in Houston, he graduated from Stephen F. Austin High School in 1963 and settled in Kingwood, Texas, in 1984. He was a self-professed “IT nerd” and worked in Information Technology for Pennzoil and Shell Oil for more than 30 years, retiring in 2004.

Known for his boundless intelligence and wit, matched only by the depth and breadth of his kindness and compassion, Ron led a joyous life focused on family, friends and service to his church and community. An active member of Kingwood United Methodist Church, he loved his church family and participated in the Walk to Emmaus #87, which further deepened his faith. He had a passion for prison ministry and volunteered with Kairos Prison Ministry and The Oaks of Righteousness.

Ron is survived by Karen Martin, his wife of 21 years; son Bryan Pawlik and wife Tina; daughters Lisa Walsh and husband David, Tracy Waterfallen and husband Kevin, Amy Martin, and Jamie Pawlik and wife Amanda; grandchildren Kelby and Kyla Waterfallen, Erykah and Ashlynn Pawlik, and Veronica Walsh; sister Janice Bland; nephew and niece Larry Bland and Sherrie Galaway; grandnieces Sarah Galaway and Tyler Bland; and Karen’s sister/cousin Martha McAllister. He was preceded in death by his parents and nephew Paul Bland.

A private family memorial service will be held on Tuesday, January 26, at Darst Funeral Home at 1 p.m. CT. The family invites you to watch the service online at  and welcomes contributions in Ron’s memory to Kairos of Texas – Hightower, PO Box 6086, Humble, TX 77347 and The Oaks of Righteousness, PO Box 1731, Humble, TX 77347.

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A private family memorial service will be held for Mr. Martin On Tuesday, January 26, 2021 at 1 pm. Livestreaming is available through the Darst Funeral Home website.


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Christy Guitreau

January 26, 2021 7:53PM

We are so heavy hearted for you all. Ron was such a wonderful man, and I can only imagine how much joy and love you all shared together. We’re thinking about you so often and sending love and hugs. Keep your memories of him close to your hearts as you grieve. Love, Christy and Darrin

Virginia Elias

January 26, 2021 6:34PM

Karen, and family- There are no words to express my empathy for you as you go through the grief of losing Ron, but rejoice that he is in full health in Heaven and is at peace in the arms of our Lord and Savior.

Ann Marie Gonzalez

January 26, 2021 4:53PM

Sweet Karen and Family. My heart is broken on your loss of your gentle , kind & loving Ron. My thoughts, prayers & love are with you all. Great Husband, Father & Friend!

Paul Dunphy

January 26, 2021 3:09AM

Karen, I’m so deeply sorry for your loss. Ron is going to be deeply missed. My prayers are with you and your family.

Morlley & Austin Ware

January 26, 2021 2:54AM

Karen, We're covering you and your family with love and prayer during this difficult time.

Kim Worsham

January 25, 2021 10:09PM

Karen and family, my heart goes out to you and your family. Our prayers of peace and comfort are for you. Hugs to you.

Charissa Arizpe

January 25, 2021 10:05PM

Karen, you have been on my heart now for days and I suspect will remain there. I am so very sorry for your loss. I believe no words can express how much we know Ron will be missed. May the Lord continue to bless you with His peace and may you feel surrounded by His love. Much love to you and your family now and always.

Don and Mary Magnusson

January 25, 2021 6:37PM

Our love and prayers for you, Karen, and the rest of your family. God bless you.

Don & Bobbie Barksdale

January 24, 2021 9:26PM

Karen, our heartfelt sympathy for the loss of your soulmate. Ron was a kind and soft spoken gentleman that will be missed by so many that knew him. Our prayers go out to you for peace and comfort.

Dennis Buchanan

January 23, 2021 10:38PM

Eternal rest grant upon him, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon him.

Corinn Price

January 22, 2021 9:56PM

Karen - We are here for you and love you so much. Praying for you and the entire family.

Linda Daniel

January 22, 2021 9:09PM

Karen, my heart breaks for this loss. Ron was always ready with a joke every time I saw him! He will be greatly missed by many. Prayers for peace & comfort for these hard days. Love to all. Linda

Karen Millard

January 22, 2021 6:56AM

Karen, My love and prayers are with you and the family during this difficult time. Your true love story is beautiful to all who know you. Sending you a huge hug, my friend.