On Mar 5, 2018, our loving Husband, Father and Grandfather, Floyd L Martin passed away unexpectedly. Floyd was born Jan. 29, 1939, in Bison, South Dakota to Adam and Anna Martin. He moved to Billings at age 2, where the Southside became his home until he passed away. He started working at age 16 at Big Boy Drive Inn. On May 27, 1960, he married the love of his life, Judy Roe and together they raised three children, Traci, Kevin and Coryll.
Floyd was a man you could always count on to support you, your family, or your organization.
Anyone that met him quickly learned he was a humble, hard-working, reliable and dependable man.
He committed his working life to an incredible 54-year career in the heavy equipment industry at Tractor & Equipment Company. He was an integral part in the success of his departments and the changes that occurred over 5 decades. He loved and respected his T&E family. Floyd was on the road for many years with T&E delivering parts all over Montana, Wyoming and North Dakota. He made an incredible number of friends out there on the road, but somehow, he always made it home in time to pick up his wife and attend both of his son and his daughters’ activities.
His humble background sparked a passion within him that something needed to be done in his community to make a change for future generations. His selfless determination in helping others lead him to volunteer as a Board Member on the Southside TIF District, which has been instrumental in making dramatic changes and improving the general landscape of the south side of Billings including the development of the Orchard School health center.
Throughout Floyd’s life, he was dedicated to giving back to the children in his community in many ways. As a younger parent he’d bring home used bikes, repair them and pass them on to kids in need. For the last decade, he served as a member of the Southwest Corridor Task Force team and dedicated countless hours to collecting donations of cash, toys, candy and other prizes to give out to hundreds of kids at the annual Optimist Park Easter Egg Hunt.
His daily ritual for many years was getting up at 5am and heading to Denny’s for his morning cup of coffee and visit with his friends before heading to work. He became lovingly known as ‘Coffee Floyd’ and admired by his Denny’s family for his wisdom, advice, sense of humor and caring ear he provided.
Floyd is survived by his wife Judy of 58 years; his daughter Traci (Tony) Fleetwood; granddaughter Tristin; son Kevin (Nu) Martin and daughter Coryll (Randy) Rupert; grandson Brady Rupert and granddaughter Brooklyn Rupert; two brothers Edwin (Bonnie) and John (Karen); two sisters Agnes Beddes and Sue Martin; and countless nieces and nephews of whom Floyd has changed roles from a Hero to an Angel now watching over them. His passing was preceded by his parents and brother Stanley.
In keeping with Floyd’s wishes, there will be no funeral service. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Floyd L Martin Memorial fund at any Stockman Bank on his behalf. These donations will be utilized to continue his legacy of helping children.