John Allen Martin, 85, of Red Bud, IL, died January 27, 2021, in Red Bud, IL. He was born July 9, 1935, in Belleville, IL.
He is survived by his dedicated and loving wife, of 55 years, Beverly Martin (nee MacElroy); sons Jim (Anita) Martin and Jeff (Tammy) Martin; daughter Kimberly (Mark Ferguson) Martin; grandchildren Adam (Danielle) Baldwin, Zach (Ashley) Martin, Jacob (Ashley) Martin, Michael Martin, Jared (Jill) Martin, Cassie (Alex) Tubbs, Katie (Justin) Alberti, Joe (Delaney) Martin, Eva (Adam) Buch, and Madison Havel; great grandchildren Andrea Martin, Colin Martin, John Martin, Finn Martin, Axel Buch, Vivian Martin, and Ellie Tubbs; and niece Debra (John) Havel.
Early in life, John served his country in the United States Army as military police and later, delivered baked goods for Haas Bakery for 35 years. He spend summers at his clubhouse on the Kaskaskia River with his family where he enjoyed BBQing ribs, and pork steaks that he excelled at cooking. This was also the place where he asked the love of his life to spend the rest of their lives together. His sarcasm and charm is a bright spot of the Martin family that will forever be missed.
He was a man of many talents and hobbies. Hunting with his sons and grandsons, cooking and baking with his daughter and granddaughters, sharing a dance with his loving wife of 55 years, and swimming and fishing with his grandchildren at his lake he created to surround the beautiful house he built for his family. Colorado was his favorite place to be to experience the majesty of God's presence in nature. His home was referred to as God's country and nature was his church.
No services will be held.