Among the many lessons I learned from Bill E. Martin is that there is no such thing as a routine obituary. They all mean something to somebody. His obituary meant a lot to the hundreds of lives he touched directly in the course of a newspaper career that spanned four decades and to the thousands more he touched indirectly in all those years of orchestrating the production of daily newspapers in Texas, Georgia and Ohio. Martin died last week; services are scheduled for Thursday in Tyler.
Here’s a column I wrote in 1997 when Martin closed a long and storied career.
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