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Jerry J Martin

July 3, 1948 ~ February 5, 2024 (age 75) 75 Years Old

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Jerry J. Martin of Lehigh Acres, Florida formerly of Naples, Florida, passed away on Monday, February 5, 2024, at age 75.  He passed away peacefully at home with family at his side, after a lengthy illness.  Jerry was born in Valparaiso, Indiana and grew up in Chesterton. He married Denise Blake on September 20, 1975 in Pekin, Illinois. He graduated from Chesterton High School in 1966 and Nazarene Bible College in 1988 where he got his Associates degree in Biblical studies and served as Associate/Youth Pastor in the Nazarene Church in North Naples in Florida. 
Jerry loved the sport of karate, participating in tournaments, and riding his motorcycle with his wife in his spare time. He and his daughter, Laurie, opened their first Universal Kempo Karate School in Boynton Beach, Florida in 1989 and their second school in Naples, Florida in 1993. He was known to all as being kind, gentle and caring and would do anything for anyone. He loved sharing his testimony and his Savior, Jesus Christ, with all he came in contact with. He was fiercely loyal to his family, friends and his Savior. He never missed attending a church service or event or a chance to witness, being faithful in ministering, discipling and helping others. His favorite Bible verse that he stood on was Proverbs 3:5-6: Trust in the Lord with all of your heart, and lean not unto your own understanding, but in all your ways acknowledge Him (Jesus) and He (Jesus) will direct your path.

He leaves behind his wife of 48 years, Denise Blake Martin; one daughter, Laurie (Ed) Giordano, and three grandchildren, Vanessa Martin, Conner Giordano and Nick Giordano, all of Ft. Myers. He grew up in Chesterton, Indiana with his younger siblings, Carol Simic of Chesterton, Indiana, Joann Lewis of Stephenville, Michigan, Ed Martin (Denise) of Havana, Illinois, and Mike Martin (Betty) of Knox. He also leaves behind many Nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his mother, Maxine Iler Fickes; father, James Martin; step-dad, Roy Fickes and grandson, Zachary Martin.  

A memorial gathering will be held Saturday, February 17, 2024 from 2-4 p.m. followed by a memorial service at 4 p.m. at Fuller Funeral Home, 1625 Pine Ridge Rd, Naples, FL 34109.


Services

Memorial Gathering
Saturday
February 17, 2024

2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Fuller Funeral Home Pine Ridge
1625 Pine Ridge Road
Naples, FL 34109

Memorial Service
Saturday
February 17, 2024

4:00 PM
Fuller Funeral Home Pine Ridge
1625 Pine Ridge Road
Naples, FL 34109

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