Caleb Austin Martin, 27, of Mt. Olive, died Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2019, at 3:58 a.m. at his residence.
Visitation will be held Friday, Oct. 18, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Church of Jesus Christ Latter Day Saints in Litchfield.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, Oct. 19, at 11 a.m. at the church with Bishop Lonnie Bruce officiating. Burial will be held in Chapman Cemetery in Mt. Olive. Becker and Son Funeral Home in Mt. Olive is in charge of arrangements.
Mr. Martin was born Sept. 15, 1992, in Alton to Stephen and Belinda (McElvain) Martin. He married Bethany Faith Knox on Aug. 27, 2016, at Timber Lakes Golf Course in Staunton, and she survives.
He attended Mt. Vernon Grade School, Benld Elementary School and was a 2011 graduate of Gillespie High School. He continued his schooling at Lewis and Clark Community College in Godfrey for two years, and received his associate's degree in applied sciences–Drafting/CAD Technology and a Certificate of Proficiency.
Employed as a drafter for Federal Steel Erection Company in East Alton for three years, he attended the Church of Jesus Christ Latter Day Saints in Litchfield.
A gentle and loving soul, he had the biggest heart and was completely selfless. He loved God and those around him, and received that same love in return. Most of all, he shared an exceptional love and bond with his wife that was unlike any other, and he truly cherished their life together.
He was a talented and passionate drummer who could perform and master covers to nearly every song that came to mind. He enjoyed playing the drums with his band The Yard Dogs, his friends and for his previous church. He also enjoyed playing video games, watching wrestling, listening to the Rizzuto Show on 105.7 The Point, going fishing, telling the best "dad jokes" as he called them, to anyone who would listen, and making memories with his family and friends.
The biggest hockey fan, he loved cheering on his St. Louis Blues, attending games any chance he got, and witnessing his favorite team win the Stanley Cup this year.
Throughout his entire battle with Osteosarcoma, he kept an upbeat spirit and touched many lives with his unwavering faith. He will be sorely missed by all who had the pleasure of knowing him and who will keep his memory alive forever.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by his parents Stephen and Belinda Martin of Wilsonville; three siblings, brother, Jon (Jamie) Sadler of Titusville, FL, sister, Kaghen (CJ) Chandler of Gillespie and brother, Cody Martin of Staunton; grandparents, Jesse and Sylvia Cisco of Mt. Olive; grandfather, Chris (friend Debi) Schmidt of Staunton; nephews, Landynn and Wyatt Sadler, niece, Olivia Chandler and nephew, Landon Martin; and many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.
He was preceded in death by maternal grandparents, Barbara Hert, Clarence McElvain and Alfred Hert; paternal grandparents, Wilburn Martin, Sr. and Martha Martin; and uncles, Kenneth Martin and Wilburn Martin, Jr.
Memorials may be made to the Sarcoma Foundation of America, Inc. or Chapman Cemetery.
Online condolences may be left at www.beckerandson.com.