Howard Dale Martin of Palestine, Henderson and Terrell, Texas passed away August 31, 2016 in a Tyler hospital after a lengthy illness. Funeral services will be held on Monday, September 5, 2016 arrangements by Goggans Funeral Home & Chapel at 1911 N. Frances Street in Terrell, Texas. Visitation will be held at 11:00 a.m. with funeral services to follow at 1:00 p.m. Burial service will follow at Weaver Cemetery.
Dale was preceded in death by his parents, Preston William Martin & Jennie May Martin, 2 brothers, J.W. Martin and Preston W. Martin, Jr (Bill) and 3 sisters, Ann Dean, Jean Elizabeth Martin & Carol M. Holloway.
Dale is survived by his son Jeffrey Dale Martin and wife Tina of Gary, Texas; daughter, Tasha Ranae Smith and husband Jason of Henderson, Texas; son William Allen Martin of Henderson, Texas; granddaughters, Shelby Lynn Martin, Kristin McMullen; grandsons, Wryn Allen Martin, Garrett Scott Smith, Jaxon Ellis Smith & William Graham Smith; 3 sisters, Joy M. Palmer of Terrell, Texas, Jeanette M. Plunkett of Quinlan, Texas and Kay M. Krebs of Palestine, Texas; 1 brother, Michael L. Martin of Texarkana, TX; and several nieces and nephews and other family and friends.Dale was born June 7, 1948 in Terrell, Texas and a 1966 graduate of Terrell High. In 1975 he received his Bachelor's Degree in Forestry and Animal Husbandry from Stephen F. Austin University. Dale was an army veteran and retired after 25 years form the U.S. Postal Service as a letter carrier in Henderson, Texas. One of his favorite hang-outs was Herschel's in Henderson where he enjoyed daily coffee and visiting with local friends. He enjoyed all outdoor activities including hunting, fishing, camping, riding his Harley, 4-wheeling, water-skiing, roller skating and traveling on family vacations across the U.S. Dale was a true man with his greatest joys being with his children and grandchildren