Thomas Dean Martin

April 14, 1971 ~ August 6, 2016

Born in: Johnson City, TN
Resided in: Middletown, CT

Thomas Dean Martin, 45, of Middletown, CT, passed away Saturday, August 6, 2016. Dean grew up in Johnson City, TN and had resided in Middletown, CT for last 17 years. He was the son of Charles Martin and the late Elaine Riggs Martin of Johnson City, TN. Dean loved his children, Kalen and Mackenzie, with all his heart and enjoyed spending time with them. In his free time, Dean loved playing golf and hanging out at the 19th hole with his buddies. Dean graduated from Science Hill High School. He graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville in 1994 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering. He was a member of various engineering professional and honor societies. Dean held multiple positions at various companies throughout his 22 year engineering career. The majority of his engineering career was spent working for Pratt & Whitney, and most recently at GKN. Dean truly loved the many friends, colleagues and co-workers he was blessed to know during his life. Dean was of the Methodist faith and a member of Piney Flats United Methodist Church. In addition to his mother, Dean was preceded in death by: his grandparents, Harry & Grayton Riggs of Elizabethton, TN and Glenn & Thelma Martin of Piney Flats, TN and his father-in-law, Kenneth Wayne Nottingham of Kingsport, TN. Survivors include: his wife, Kelly Nottingham Martin; son, Kalen Martin; daughter, Mackenzie Martin of Middletown, CT; father, Charles Martin of Johnson City; sister, Julie Pelphrey and her husband Jerry Pelphrey of Somerset, KY and their daughters Challie and Laney Pelphrey; mother-in-law Linda Harr Nottingham of Stuart, FL; sister-in-law Laura Nottingham-McKelton and her husband Ken McKelton of Jupiter, FL and their children Noah and Amara McKelton; and several uncles, aunts, and cousins. The family of T. Dean Martin will receive family and friends from 11:00 AM until 2:00 PM on Saturday, August 13, at Morris-Baker. The funeral service will follow at 2:00 PM with Pastor Eddie Smith officiating. The committal service will follow the funeral at Edgefield United Methodist Church, Piney Flats, TN. Active pallbearers will be Jerry Pelphrey, Scott Bowers, Dana Riggs, Mark Jones, John Harmon, Drew Austin, Larry McClanahan, and Robbie McGuire. Honorary pallbearers will be Ken McKelton, Dale Harr, Dean Torbett, Don McCracken, Jerry Nave, Jake Cross, Robert King, Darius Hensley, Wayne Andes, Eric Andes, Chris Desko, Kenny Larkey, Bill Priester, J Sam Daniels, Warren Riggs, Wayne Jones, Robert Martin, Ronnie Martin, Brad Teague, PC Snapp, Joe Toth, Mike Piaceniti, Jim Heckman, Chad Buhler, Ken Tosi, Craig Lady, and the Science Hill Class of 1989. The family requests that memorial contributions be made to the American Cancer Society, 508 Princeton Rd., Johnson City, TN 37601, or 370 Hunting Hill Ave., Middletown, CT 06457-4334.

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  1. Anonymous says:

    As I look at all of these photos of Dean, I realize how much I didn’t know him. During most of our family visits to East TN, growing up I remember him as the only red-haired boy cousin among the big group of Martin cousins. He seem to always have a big smile on his face no matter what mischief all of us were getting into at the time. I remember him being soft spoken and mild mannered as a kid. I don’t ever remember him fighting or arguing with anyone. He was always good natured and loved having fun. The last time I saw Dean was at our Mamaw Martin’s house after she passed away. I had just arrived from Nashville and was hugging and crying on those around me. I looked up and saw Dean standing nearby when I said “There’s Dino!” to which he laughed. I’m pretty sure that he would have appreciated me forgetting that nickname, but he smiled and hugged me anyway. Through the years, our families often exchanged Christmas cards with photos of our children. In 2012, when Hurricane Sandy hit New England, I emailed Dean to make sure he and his family safely weathered the storm.. He replied the next day assuring me that the only casualty was the kids’ basketball goal. That was our last communication. As our family lays Dean to rest this weekend, I can’t help but think of how much we will miss his smile, his big heart, his sweet personality, and his presence. Rest in peace, dear cousin.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Dear Kelly and Family, I am very truly sorry for your loss. I don’t have adequate words to express my sorrow and shock at Dean’s passing. Beat Regards, John Corini

  3. Anonymous says:

    Kelly, Kalen & MacKenzie I am so sad to hear of Dean’s passing. He was such a nice man. If there is anything I can do for you, please let me know. Send my condolences to Dean;s dad too. Barbara

  4. Anonymous says:

    Many memories of Dean and times with my brother, John, and our family. He was like a second brother to me. Praying for all of you.

  5. Anonymous says:

    My condolences to family and friends of Dean. I was surprised and saddened to hear about his passing. Was a really good person to work for and always had a positive outlook! Sending prayers to you all

  6. Anonymous says:

    My condolences to the family of Dean. Several fond memories of Dean who I first met in Florida – of course while playing golf. Also had he pleasure of working with him on a few projects at PW when he was at the Middletown site. Dean was smart, quick witted, and with his southern accent and sense of humor had a way to make one feel totally at ease .

  7. Anonymous says:

    My heartfelt condolences to Kelly, the kids and the rest of Dean’s family. He’s left us way too soon. I’ll always remember his kind nature, his crazy sense of humor, and how much fun we had at work and on the course. He was a good friend, a one of a kind, and I will miss him immensely.

  8. Anonymous says:

    Our condolences to Kelly, Kalen, Mackenzie & the family. Our hearts are mourning. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Hugs from CT. The Frost Family.

  9. Anonymous says:

    Our condolences to the family. I enjoyed many lengthy conversations commiserating about work and our golf games. He willed be missed.

  10. Anonymous says:

    Our family just wants you to know that our hearts join with you to honor the memory of your dear brother. We send our prayers as you find a way to move past the pain. Love you.

  11. Anonymous says:

    Our hearts go out to Kelly, Kalen and Mackenzie. Our deepest condolences to you and your family.

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