Martin Lynn Stevens
April 16, 1971  -  May 31, 2009

Martin Lynn Stevens


HarperTalasek Funeral Home
500 W. Barton Ave.
Temple, TX  76501
Tuesday, June 02, 2009
68pm
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Chapel Service
HarperTalasek Funeral Home
500 W. Barton Ave.
Temple, TX  76501
Wednesday, June 03, 2009
11:00am
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Austin Area Teachers Federal Credit Union
P.O. Box 14867
Austin,, TX  78761


Martin Lynn Stevens, 38, passed away on Sunday, May 31, 2009, after a brief, but valiant, battle with cancer.

Martin was born on April 16, 1971 in Kansas City, Missouri. Though he lived in Texas for many years, he always remained a Midwesterner at heart, especially in his loyalty to any Missouri-area sports team and the Kansas City Chiefs.

Martin honorably served his country in the United States Marine Corps from June 1989 until July 2001. On a recent family vacation to San Diego, he proudly pointed out familiar sites where he completed his basic training. Semper Fi, Martin.

Martin was an avid reader, sports fan and played a mean game of Scrabble.

At the time Martin was diagnosed with his illness, he worked for Academy Sports Outdoors in Temple. He thoroughly enjoyed his job and the many friendships he built during his five-year tenure there. The friendships he developed with his colleagues was never more evident than during his illness when they supported him by visiting often while he was hospitalized and the benefits they hosted to support his young family.

Most of all, Martin was a loving father and husband a tall man with a big heart. He was a hands-on father changing diapers, making lunches and dropping off the girls to schooldaycare Martin wasnt above any task. Though his hairstyling skills with the girls sometimes left something to be desired, he embraced the challenge. His legacy is embodied in his two wonderful daughters.

Martin is survived by his loving wife, Kathleen Cordell, and his two girls, Elizabeth, 9, and Madelyn, 5. He is also survived by his mother, Linda Pittinger, and his three sisters, Pamela Swartz, her husband Aaron and children Jordan, Ian and Dominique; Lori Zimmerman and her husband Herschel and their children Taylor and Derrick; and Donna Hudson and her children Dylan and Nicole. In addition, Martin leaves his Texas family of Cordells; his mother-in-law, Diane Cordell, of Austin, Texas, his sister-in-law Suzanne Goldsmith, her husband Brian and their two children, Peyton and Mitchell of Frisco, Texas and his sisters-in-law Christine Cordell and Jackie Golden of Houston, Texas. He will be deeply missed.

Martins family expresses their deepest appreciation for the efforts of the employees and customers of Academy who supported Martin during his illness and heartfelt thanks to the healthcare and hospice staff at Scott White Hospital. Special thanks are extended to Martins co-worker Jennifer Marshall who conceived and spearheaded two successful fund-drives in support of Martins family. At Kathys request, honoring Martin as pallbearers will be Martins co-workers at Academy Sports Outdoors.

Friends may visit from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, June 2, 2009 at the Harper-Talasek Funeral Home, 500 West Barton Avenue, Temple, Texas 76501. A memorial service will also be held to celebrate Martins remarkable life on Wednesday, June 3, 2009 at 11 a.m. and a reception will follow from noon until 3 p.m. at the Harper-Talasek Family Center, located across from the funeral home.
PFor those desiring, the family has set up the Elizabeth and Madelyn Education Fund for Martins children at the Austin Area Teachers Federal Credit Union, P.O. Box 14867, Austin, Texas 78761, Donation Account No. 219435. If you prefer, memorials may also be directed to the Liddy Shriver Sarcoma Initiative at A h

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  1. Brittney Bacon
    , TX

    Hey Buddy Just wanted to say that we miss you at work. Its not the same without you AT ALL.

    See you later

  2. Ekpeyong Eke
    Austin, TX

    My family and I sincerely send our depest condolence to you and your entire family over the dead of your beloved husband. We hope the Almighty Father will bless and guide all of you through this difficult period. Be strong not only for yourself but for your two lovely daughters who look upto you for guardians. May the Almighty God bless his soul and may his soul rest in perfect peace. Amen

  3. Esther Buzard
    Kansas City, MO

    Kathy,
    I am so sorry Martin lost his battle with cancer. May you find comfort from family and friends who care about you and the girls. You and the girls, and extended family are in my prayers.

    Esther

  4. Esther Buzard
    K.C., MO

    Kathy,
    I am so sorry Martin lost his battle with cancer. May you find comfort from family and friends who care about you and the girls. You and the girls, and extended family are in my prayers.

    Esther

  5. Jackie Golden
    Houston, TX

    I will miss you, Martin. Even though the first game you and I ever played was not Scrabble, or Cribbage, but Who can get to Grammys house LAST so I dont have to mow the yard...we had a few of those as I recall, but I think you beat me there To Kathy, Elizabeth and Madelyn, may God keep you and watch over you. We all miss a very fine man, friend and above all, father.. God Bless Us All. I love you all very much. Jackie

  6. Scot Trimmins
    Corpus Christi, TX

    Martin, even though we only knew each other for a short time, I enjoyed and appreciated you. I enjoyed our conversations about work and the funny stories we shared about our children. I am honored to have spent some time with you and known you.

    Words can not decibe my deepest sympathy for your family Martin. I hope your young family finds solice in your entrance into the Lords loving arms awaiting each of us to join you for eternity.

    With my sincerest thoughts and prayers, Scot

  7. Sevinc Stanton
    Austin, TX

    Kathy,
    I am so sorry about your loss. You are in my thoughts and prayers.
    Sevinc

  8. Barbara McKelvey
    Austin, TX

    My deepest sympathy to the family and to Ms. Cordell, you will always be in my thoughts and prayers. Sincerely, Barbara Simc. Walgreens 06734

  9. Vince Wilkinson
    Round Rock, TX

    Kathy, you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. I am sorry for your loss.

  10. Ed Neidel
    , TX

    Kathy,

    I am sad to hear about your loss of Martin.
    Martin and you and your family are in my prayers.
    I hope you will both find peace after this sudden separation.

    Ed and Jackie

  11. Ed Neidel
    , TX

    Kathy,

    I am sad to hear about your loss of Martin.
    Martin and you and your family are in my prayers.
    I hope you will both find peace after this sudden separation.

    Ed and Jackie

  12. Elisabeth Bowlin
    Batesville, MS

    Kathy,

    I am so saddened to hear about the loss of your husband. I am so sorry that I cant be there in person to hug you and support you in this time,but please know that I am praying for yall and know that God will take care of you.

    Elisabeth Bowlin

  13. Steve Stoley
    Bellevue, NE

    Kathy, our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family in this time of grief. The pain you feel now will go away, but the memories will last forever.
    Steve, Jolie, Stephanie and Becky Stoley

  14. Marlene Schwertfeger
    Temple, TX

    Hi Kathleen
    I am Kims mom from work . I met you and the girls at the store on Saturday . If you need anything call the store and they will give you my number.One day at a time is what I have learn to live. My heart goes out to you and the girls. Marlene Schwertfeger

  15. Lisa Alexander
    Round Rock, TX

    Kathy and Family I am truly sorry about your loss. I want you to know you are always in my thoughts. May your hearts be filled with loving memories and blessed days.

  16. Steve Stoley
    Bellevue, NE

    Kathy, our thoughts and prayers are wiht you and your family in your time of grief. The pain you feel may go away, but your memories will live forever.
    Steve, Jolie, Stephanie and Becky Stoley

  17. Steve Stoley
    Bellevue, NE

    Kathy, our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time of grief.
    Steve, Jolie, Stephanie, and Becky Stoley

  18. The Stoley Family
    Omaha, NE

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you in this time of sorrow.
    Please know that we are thinking of you.
    The Stoley Family

  19. Alison Groth
    Houston, TX

    My heart goes out to Martins families. Although I only met him over one weekend, I was touched by his devotion to his daughters and his obvious affection for his wife and his motherinlaw. It struck me then, and still does today. May God be with you in this time of loss and sadness.

  20. Mandy
    Austin, TX

    I think we can all say that knowing Martin was definitely a blessing. Martin wasnt only a friend to my mom and dad, but a friend to me. I was lucky enough to work with him for a short time at Walgreens. It was usually fun and Im lucky that I got to have that experience to get to know him better. As a kid you dont always get to know your parents friends in such a way.

    Kathy, Elizabeth and Madelyn, I know right now is very difficult. I wish I could say it gets easier or that God has a plan. I dont know if any of that is true. All I know is that we all love you and want you to know that if you need anything, were here.

    You are all in my prayers.

    Mandy

  21. Perkins Family
    Harker Heigts, TX

    We will be forever greatful to Martin for helping our family see the signs of PTSD. He will be missed n our thoughts and prayers go out to the Stevens family during your time of grief.

  22. Cecilia Ramirez
    Austin, TX

    Kathy and girls. I was sorry to hear that Martin lost his fight. I pray that you and the girls are okay. Just know that Martin has gone to a better place. No pain or suffering and time will heal your pain. May God Bless you at this difficult time.

  23. Jack and Patty Henry
    Boise, ID

    Though we are not there in body, our thoughts and prayers
    have been and still are with you, Kathy, Elizabeth and Madelyn.
    We love you.

  24. Isabel PenaFuentes
    Tucson, AZ

    KatyI am so sorry for your loss. I pray Gods amazing comfort for you and your family. I am sorry I never got to meet Martin, I am sure he was amazing I know weve lost touch thru the years, but know that you and your family have always had a special place in my heart. I shed tears for you and your girls...I pray God bless you with amazing grace and incredible stregnth. I love you Katy

  25. Jeanette Stoley
    Omaha, NE

    I didnt know Martin for very long but the time I did know him I liked him very much and he will be missed just as much.
    My heart goes out to Kathy and the girls. Also to his family in Kansas City, MO, and the Cordell family in Texas, and to all who have known him.
    I know he loved his little family and extended family more then any could know and I am sure he will be watching over them and be there when they need him in a new way.
    I send you all my love and wish I could be there to hug you and comfort you in any way I could, I hope you know I am here for you if need me in any way I can help.
    Ill miss you Martin

  26. Patty Scogin
    Round Rock, TX

    Kathy, Elizabeth and Madelyn,
    My heart goes out to you as you experience the sadness of losing your dear husband and daddy. Remember him for all of the wonderful things he was to you and carry him in your heart always.
    With love and sympathy, Patty Scogin

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