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Martin Alan Darr


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If a family had to name one of its siblings “the character”, Martin Alan Darr (Marti) would be ours.

Marti left peacefully under hospice care on the morning of Thursday, April 4, 2019 at the age of 67. Marti was too young to die but too sick to live. He had been living in the Fort Worth, Texas area with his son, James Martin who had been his loving caretaker for 10 years. James has a very special girlfriend named Alicia Macklin who also cared for and loved Marti.

Marti was also blessed by a daughter, Laci Lanae Darr who is the spiting image of her beautiful mom. Laci and her fiancée Wyatt Greenwood blessed Marti with two grandsons, Cooper and Luke.

Marti was born on June 25, 1951 in Richmond, Indiana. Marti’s father was a military man (Army, Navy and Air Force) which gave Marti the opportunity to live is various places including West Berlin Germany. The Darr family was living in West Berlin when the Berlin Wall went up and he had a clear memory of that historic event. Marti’s parents, Charles and Mary Darr preceded him in death, dying in 1990 and 1995 respectfully.

Marti was married to beautiful Betty Ann Smith who preceded him in death when she suffered a massive heart attack in 2001 at the age of 48. Marti never remarried.

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Marti graduated from Roswell High School in Roswell, New Mexico. While at Roswell High School, he played his favorite sport of baseball.

After high school, Marti enlisted in the U.S. Army. While stationed in Alaska and on furlough with some buddies, he was fishing for salmon. Unbeknownst to him, an infant had fallen into the river upstream. When Marti pulled in his net, there was a baby girl in it. He had saved her life. He found out that her name was Mitzy, a name he had tattooed on his arm but he would rarely tell the story. Our brother was a hero not only to Mitzy but to us.

Marti is survived not only by his children and their families but by a brother Gari Darr (wife Angela), sister Shari Dayhoff (husband Eric) and sister Mindi Darr. He also has nieces and a nephew that he could count among his many blessings, Breanna Compian (husband Christopher), Darr Smith (wife Jeannie) and Taren Hodges. Breanna and Darr also blessed Marti with great-nieces and nephew Aya Smith, Teagan Smith, Amelia Compian and Miles Compian.

Marti has been cremated and will later be buried with his wife Betty at the Woodbine Cemetery in Artesia, New Mexico where there will be a small graveside service. In lieu of cards and flowers, we request continued prayers for the family.

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