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 school/daycare – Martin wasn’t 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.
Martin’s 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 & WhiteHospital. Special thanks are extended to Martin’s co-worker Jennifer Marshall who conceived and spearheaded two successful fund-drives in support of Martin’s family. At Kathy’s request, honoring Martin as pallbearers will be Martin’s co-workers at Academy Sports & Outdoors.
Friends may visit from to 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 Martin’s remarkable life on Wednesday, June 3, 2009 at and a reception will follow from until at the Harper-TalasekFamilyCenter, located across from the funeral home.
For those desiring, the family has set up the Elizabeth and Madelyn Education Fund for Martin’s children at the Austin Area Teachers Federal Credit Union, P.O. Box 14867, Austin, Texas78761, Donation Account No. 219435. If you prefer, memorials may also be directed to the Liddy Shriver Sarcoma Initiative at