Michael Eugene Martin
June 17, 1938 - January 15, 2021
Michael graduated from Quincy Senior High in 1956 and from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, in 1960 with a degree in mechanical engineering. He married Irmgarde Dodegge in Peoria, IL July 29, 1960 and worked for Outboard Marine Corp. in Waukegan, IL for a short time before returning to Quincy to work for Gardner-Denver in engineering and research. In 1968, Michael became a USPTO registered patent agent and joined Joe Holloway in the Gardner-Denver legal department. He was a member of Phi Delta Theta Fraternity, the Quincy Lions Club, and the Quincy Boat Club.
The family relocated to Richardson TX in 1974 where he continued working with Gardner-Denver until the company was sold to Cooper Industries. During his career he worked for several private law firms in the Dallas area as well as Arco Oil & Gas Co.before retiring from Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP in 2007. Over the course of his career,Michael wrote more than one hundred patents covering innumerable subjects, which were subsequently issued. A lifelong aviation buff, Michael obtained his private pilot's license in 2007 and he and his wife moved to an airpark community near Katy TX in 2009.
Michael is survived by his wife of 60 years, Irmgarde; two sons, Daniel John Martin (Roxanne) of Katy TX and Wynne Michael Martin of Sausalito CA; two grandchildren, Lindsay Patricia Dawson (Eli) of Albuquerque NM and Wesley Clay Martin (Violet) of Katy TX; four great-grandchildren, Rosalie Virginia, Piper Jane, and Maximilian Eugene Dawson of Albuquerque and Rowen Emery Martin of Katy; two sisters, Marilyn Elizabeth Downs (Michael V.) of Lebanon OR and Jo Ann Mason (James Richard) of Centennial CO, and several nieces and nephews.
Services: Private services will be held with interment in Woodland Cemetery, Quincy, IL.
Memorials: Memorial gifts may be made to the charity of your choice. Memorial Donations may be made online at https://memorials.hansenspear.com
Hansen-Spear Funeral Directors are in charge of the arrangements.
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