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Martin was born and raised on a farm in rural LaMoille, Illinois as the 2nd oldest of 6 children. He graduated LaMoille High School in 1968, with Cum Laude Bachelors degree from North Central College in 1972 and Rush University Medical School in 1975 where he was an inductee into the Alpha Omega Alpha Distinguished Honor Society, and then completed his residency at the University of Illinois Rockford. In 1978, he moved his family back home to Princeton and began his medical practice as Princeton Family Physicians with Dr. Robert Mestan. Throughout his 36 years in practice, he delivered a majority of the babies at Perry Memorial Hospital. He also provided care to patients in a family health care clinic in Walnut, another clinic in Manlius, and another family health clinic in LaMoille. All of these clinics provided care to a majority of Bureau County for several years.
Martin also served on many committees at Perry Memorial Hospital, serving as Chairman of the Medical Staff, Chairman of Medical Services, Chairman of the Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee and several other committee positions throughout his 36 years of practice.
Martin saw patients in almost every nursing home in Bureau County and did that in addition to treating his clinic patients, his hospital patients and also working shifts in the Emergency Department. He also performed physicals for foster care children free of charge. He also treated children at the Children’s home when it was in operation, free of charge.
Martin volunteered his time at Princeton High School, LaMoille High School and Leepertown Schools performing sports physicals so students could receive a physical at a reduced rate. He also performed free sports physicals for the Special Olympics participants for many years.
While he and his wife were raising their 8 children in Princeton, he also attended as many Princeton High School football, cross country, track, and basketball games to assist with any injuries on the field/court, free of charge. He also assisted with the local Boy Scouts troop and was the Chairman of their annual fundraiser for many years. He also provided on call medical services to many of the local church and Boy Scout camps throughout the summer months, free of charge.
When Martin was asked to help with the Bureau County Health and Wellness Clinic he became an advisor and provided care and services at the clinic free of charge. Again, he wanted to make sure everyone received care regardless of their ability to pay.
Princeton Family Physicians always donated to every cause that asked, including the Princeton Fireworks, Homestead Festival, Bureau County Beef Days, Bureau County United Way, American Cancer Society, etc. He never said no to anyone who asked for a donation for a cause. He was an active instructor from the onset of his career, maintaining appointments at all three downstate medical schools. He attained the rank of assistant clinical professor at the University of Illinois and in 2002 was honored as the rural medicine clinical professor of the year by the University of Illinois Rural Medicine Department.
He never met a person whom he wouldn’t attempt to help. Even those who were not able to pay for care, were provided care with Martin covering the expense. He never said no to anyone who asked for help and would always come to the hospital to help care for patients, even when he wasn’t on call or if we needed additional help.
If you asked Martin about all of these things, he would say he did as much as he could to help people in the county. If you asked him to list everything he would just say, I did what was needed. He was a great storyteller but the stories weren’t about his accomplishments, but usually about things others had done. Those who worked with him knew he would help them no matter what we asked him to do because he never said no to anyone who asked. He earned everyone’s love and respect for his kind and giving spirit.
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