William Patrick Martin  1891-1965

William Patrick Martin, agronomist, was born on July 9, 1891, in Fisher County, Texas, the son of J. P. and Josephine (Lynde) Martin. He received a B.S. degree in agronomy from Texas A&M College in 1915. On October 14, 1917, he married Iris Sikes; they had two sons. Iris Martin died in 1922, and on April 17, 1928, Martin married Annie Blevins in Dallas. In 1936 he began developing the later famous Martin Combine Milo Maize, which was first offered to the public in the spring of 1941. Martin was selected as "Top West Texan" in 1943. He died on November 26, 1965, and was buried in Resthaven Mausoleum, Lubbock.

BIBLIOGRAPHY: Seymour V. Connor, ed., Builders of the Southwest (Lubbock: Southwest Collection, Texas Technological College, 1959).

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