Smith Center - Brian L. Martin, 39, passed away Friday, October 22, 2021, in Phillipsburg, KS.
Brian was born March 23, 1982, in Red Cloud, NE, the son of Merry (Kingsbury) VanderGiesen and Rick Martin. Brian graduated from Smith Center High School, class of 2000. On June 17, 2005, Brian married Lynnae Hudson in Smith Center, KS. To this union, they were blessed with four children: Holden, Breeley, Taryn, and Emery. Brian worked as the Information Technology Director for Landmark Implement, where he had worked since 2007.
Brian had many hobbies throughout his life. He enjoyed pheasant hunting, golfing, fishing, moonlighting as an event DJ, and being the quintessential conversationalist. Brian loved singing, playing, and listening to music (albeit sometimes only the first 30 seconds of each song). Brian lived life to the fullest and had an infectious personality; he put a smile on your face each and every time you would see him. He had a knack for making everyone laugh and he never knew a stranger. He loved spending time with his friends and family and enjoyed teaching his kids how to shoot firearms. He was a certified pilot and had a budding passion for piloting small aircraft. Brian also had a fondness for cooking with a special affinity for all things barbeque.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Russell and Sharon Kingsbury and Beverly Martin.
Brian is survived by his wife Lynnae Martin of Smith Center; four children, Holden, Breeley, Taryn, and Emery Martin all of Smith Center; parents, Rick (Tishia) Martin of Derby, Merry (Glen) VanderGiesen of Gaylord; grandfather Eldon “Stub” Martin of Smith Center; siblings, Eric (Becca) Martin of Overland Park, Brenda (Jason) McCartney of Smith Center, Alex (Tasha) Martin of Olathe; sister-in-law Sonya (Jesse) Buchholz of Lincoln, NE; brother-in-law Tracy Hudson of Chamberlain, SD; step-sister Tessa (Dustin) Wilkes of Derby; step-brother Brodie Beckman of Wichita; eleven nieces and nephews, Mickalee, Abby, Allyiah, Dalton, Georgiah, Reis, Lynkin, DaMarcus, Audrey, Marianna, and Jesse, countless aunts, uncles, and cousins.
A celebration of Brian's life will be held at 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, October 27, 2021, at All Faiths Funeral Chapel, 113 S. Madison St., Smith Center, KS, with Pastor Jeremy Carr officiating. Visitation will be held on Tuesday, October 26, 2021, 1:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. with family present to greet friends from 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. at the funeral chapel. Burial will take place in Fairview Cemetery, Smith Center, KS. Memorials may be given to Brian L. Martin Memorial Fund to be used for his children's education and can be sent in care of the funeral chapel.