Farming Rural 07

Robert William Martin

May 20, 1951 ~ August 19, 2021 (age 70)

Obituary

Robert William Martin went to be with the Lord on August 19, 2021, at the age of 70. Bob was born to Robert and Evelyn Martin on May 20, 1951 in Providence, Rhode Island.

Bob discovered his love for farming when he began to grow corn on the 3 acres of land attached to their house in Rehoboth, MA. “Sweet Corn”, as he was called back then, was the first one to bring butter and sugar corn to the area. He was very proud of the first tractor he bought - at the age of only 16.

Bob graduated from Stockbridge Agricultural School and proudly taught farming at Bristol AG Technical School. He taught at UMass Amherst which had brought him to the Franklin county area. In 1981, Bob purchased 90 acres in Greenfield, Massachusetts. His goal was to farm vegetables and animals, and to be a good steward of the environment. Soon, composting became a big part of who Bob was and what the Martin’s Farm was all about, and is still to this day. When Bob retired in 2014, he sold the Martin’s Farm to his oldest son, Adam, and the business became a family business with lasting impact on the community.  However, Bob’s retirement soon turned into semi-retirement when he began another composting business in his new community, Campbellsville, KY.

Bob is survived by his beloved wife Regina Alexander; his two sisters: Lynn and June; his five children: Ruth Ann, Adam (his wife Alexandra), Emily (her partner Alberto), Rachel, and Joshua; his nine grandchildren: Zakary, Noah, Addison, Ainsley, Ava, Aidan, Amelia, Isaiah, and Adalynn Grace. Bob had a big heart, and he loved his family, his children, and his grandchildren very much.

Bob’s love for the Lord was also very evident. He loved Jesus with all his heart, and would tell others about him when given a chance. He was a faithful servant at several churches and was fortunate enough to go on several mission trips. He was always willing to lend a helping hand and serve others in any way he could. His family and friends will miss him, but are comforted knowing that they will see him again.

A celebration of Bob’s life will be held at a later date.

L.R. Petty Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Memorials are suggested to the:

Campbellsville Baptist Church

Belize Missions

PO Box 530

Campbellsville KY 42719

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