Rockdale,TX Class of 1965
Charlie R. Martin
September 8, 1980
Rockdale Reporter September 11, 1980
Cancer claims 'Mr. Milano', Charlie Martin, at age 52
Funeral services for Charlie R. Martin, 52, Superintendent of the Milano School District, first Milano Mayor and former Basketball coach and administrator at Rockdale, were held at 2:30 PM in the Phillips and Luckey Funeral Home Chapel. Burial was in Milano Cemetery.
Mr Martin, who had waged a long fight against cancer, died Monday afternoon at Richards Memorial Hospital where he was rushed from the Rockdale Knights of Columbus Hall. He was sticken while attending a citizens meeting regarding the recent countywide tax reappraisal.
A native of Milano, Mr Martin returned to his home town in 1974 to become superintendent. He also served as the town's first mayor, guiding Milano through its incorporation process. He was also Milano High School boys basketball coach, a duty he always regarded "as more fun than work," despite his multitude of other duties.
He had resigned from coaching only last spring, and did not seek reelection as mayor in 1980, choosing to devote his time to a building and renovation project for the Milano school.
"He was a man who just couldn't do enough for his town or his school." said a close associate. "Despite health problems, he always worked for a better tomorrow for the school and the city and the people."
Mr Martin's career in education spanned 33 years including 10 years at Rockdale in the 1950's and early 1960's. But his coaching actually began at Milano while he was still a student at Southwest Texas State University in San Marcos. He would commute back and forth to coach the MHS Eagle basketball team (a team on which he starred while in high school).
He coached at Milano after graduation, taking teams to district championships and the regional playoffs.
Coming to Rockdale as boys basketball coach in 1953, he established Rockdale High School's first strong basketball program, and took numerous boys and girls to district and bidistrict titles and to the regional playoffs.
His career ar RHS was interrupted by the military darft in 1955 and he served two years in the U.S. Army, stationed in Germany.
He returned to coaching at RHS after his discharge from the Army and later served as both elementary and high school Principal.
In 1964 Mr Martin moved to El Campo where he served as principal and later coordinating principal of the El Campo elementary schools. He remained there until 1974 when he was hired as superintendent at Milano.
Mr Martin was born Jan 23, 1928 in Milano to Mr and Mrs Charles Logan (Maude Dees) Martin. He and Miss Joyce Wise were married in the Hanover community in 1949. Mr Martin held both Bachelor's and Master's degrees from SWTSU and was a lifelong member of the Baptist Church.
Survivors include his wife, Mrs Joyce Martin of Milano; one son, Jed Martin of Rosenberg; two daughters, Mrs Shelley Kyle of Alvin and Miss Sandal Martin of HullDaisetta; one brother, Joe Martin of Milano; and two grandchildren, Erik Martin and Brooke Kyle.
Pall bearers were members of the Milano school board and honorary pall bearers were Milano High School basketball players.
MARTIN, Charlie R. "Mr. Milano" of Milano. Age 52. Died Sept 8, 1980 (Monday) at Richards Memorial Hospital, where he was rushed from the Rockdale KC Hall. He was stricken while attending a citizens meeting regarding the recent county-wide tax reappraisal. He had waged a long fight against cancer. Services held (Wed.) in Phillips & Luckey Funeral Home Chapel. Burial in Milano Cemetery. Charlie was Born 1/23/1928 in Milano to M/M. Charles Logan & Maude Dees Martin. Married Joyce Wise in 1949 in Hanover Comm. He held a bachelor's and master's degrees from SWTSU and was a lifelong member of the Baptist Church. Mr. Martin was a well known school administrator and basketball coach throughout Texas. He also served as the first mayor of Milano. He had resigned from coaching only the spring before his death and did not seek re-election as mayor in 1980, choosing instead, to devote his time to a building and renovation project for the Milano school. Despite health problems, he always worked for a better tomorrow for the school, the city and the people. The park in Milano is named for him - The Charlie Martin Park. SURVIVORS: Wife, Joyce Martin of Milano; son, Jed Martin of Rosenberg; 2 daughters, Mrs. Shelley Kyle of Alvin and Miss Sandal Martin of Hull-Daisetta; brother, Joe Martin of Milano; 2 grandchildren, Erik Martin and Brooke Kyle.