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September 19, 2012

Martin legacy one of smiles, helping hands

CHICKASHA —  

There was something missing when the Chickasha High School football team took the field against Anadarko on Sept. 7 for the season opener.

The players were on the field, and the fans were in the stands, and there was even a voice on the PA system. But it wasn't the same.

That's because Bob Martin, the voice of the Chickasha High School football and basketball for years upon years, wasn't there.

Martin was battling cancer for some time, and passed away on the night of Sept. 12, 2012, the week of Chickasha High School football homecoming. Martin was honored before the homecoming game with a moment of silence.

He left behind family, friends, and many lives touched and sporting events livened up by his unique, classic broadcasting voice and his shining personality and smile.

As well known as he was in the community, Martin was a man who took care of his family to the best of his ability, said Tandi Carlile, one of his grandchildren.

"He was like super-grandpa," Carlile said. "He was the person in our family that we called if we needed something, whether it was something little like picking up the kids, or taking someone to the doctor, or for advice, or for help. He was pretty much the rock in our family. He was the go-to person.

Former USAO and Chickasha High School head baseball coach L.J. Powell was close friends with Martin, and said his upbeat demeanor was a constant.

"Bob always had a smile," Powell said. "He always had something comical to say. He was an individual that loved life."

Not only was Martin a pleasure to be around, but he was always willing to lend a helping hand. Powell recalled when he first began coaching at USAO, the Drovers needed someone to work the PA system, and Martin agreed to do it until they could find a permanent replacement.

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