Walter Ray Martin passed away May 21, 2021 in San Angelo, Texas. Ray was born July 11, 1937 to Weldon and Virginia Martin. He grew up in Longview, Texas and graduated from Longview High School. He met his wife, Carolyn Spain from Kilgore, Texas and they were married in 1959. He studied at Kilgore Jr. College and Stephen F. Austin, and was an Army Reservist.
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Ray began his profession as an Optician in Longview and he and Carolyn, along with their 2 daughters, moved to San Angelo in 1970 where he continued his optical career until his retirement.
Ray was preceded in death by his daughter, Rebecca Carol Hodges, his parents Weldon and Virginia Martin and his brother and sister-in-law Jim and Helga Martin. He is survived by his wife of 62 years Carolyn Martin, his daughter Jill (Randy) Fontenot, grandchildren Caitlin Hodges, Carly (Chad) Hoffpauir, Nathan (Kalie) Fontenot and Collin Fontenot; his great-grandchildren Avery Boatright, Kallen Fontenot, Cooper, Harper, Kylie & Dillon Hoffpauir, and Kason Rutledge. He is also survived by his sister Virginia Mulkey, niece Lauren Shriver and nephew Tom Martin.
A private family service will be held in Gilmer, Texas. The family would like to thank Dr. Ty Hughston and the staff at Shannon Medical Center for the care provided during his illness. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to a favorite charity.