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


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P classMsoNormal styleMARGIN: 0in 0in 0ptMartin was born on st1:date Month4 Day16 Year1971April 16, 1971st1:date in st1:placest1:CityKansas Cityst1:City, st1:StateMissourist1:Statest1:place. Though he lived in st1:Statest1:placeTexasst1:placest1:State for many years, he always remained a Midwesterner at heart, especially in his loyalty to any Missouriarea sports team and the Kansas City Chiefs. P
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P classMsoNormal styleMARGIN: 0in 0in 0ptMartin honorably served his country in the United States Marine Corps from June 1989 until July 2001. On a recent family vacation to st1:Cityst1:placeSan Diegost1:placest1:City, he proudly pointed out familiar sites where he completed his basic training. Semper Fi, Martin.P
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P classMsoNormal styleMARGIN: 0in 0in 0ptMartin was an avid reader, sports fan and played a mean game of Scrabble.P
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P classMsoNormal styleMARGIN: 0in 0in 0ptAt the time Martin was diagnosed with his illness, he worked for Academy Sports Outdoors in st1:Cityst1:placeTemplest1:placest1:City.nbsp He thoroughly enjoyed his job and the many friendships he built during his fiveyear 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. P
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P classMsoNormal styleMARGIN: 0in 0in 0ptMost of all, Martin was a loving father and husband a tall man with a big heart. He was a handson 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.P
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P classMsoNormal styleMARGIN: 0in 0in 0ptMartin 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 motherinlaw, Diane Cordell, of Austin, Texas, his sisterinlaw Suzanne Goldsmith, her husband Brian and their two children, Peyton and Mitchell of Frisco, Texas and his sistersinlaw Christine Cordell and Jackie Golden of Houston, Texas. He will be deeply missed.P
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P classMsoNormal styleMARGIN: 0in 0in 0ptMartins 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 st1:placest1:PlaceNameScott Whitest1:PlaceName st1:PlaceTypeHospitalst1:PlaceTypest1:place. Special thanks are extended to Martins coworker Jennifer Marshall who conceived and spearheaded two successful funddrives in support of Martins family. At Kathys request, honoring Martin as pallbearers will be Martins coworkers at Academy Sports Outdoors.P
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P classMsoNormal styleMARGIN: 0in 0in 0ptFriends may visit from st1:time Hour18 Minute06 p.m.st1:time to st1:time Hour20 Minute08 p.m.st1:time on st1:date Month6 Day2 Year2009Tuesday, June 2, 2009st1:date at the HarperTalasek Funeral Home, st1:addressst1:Street500 West Barton Avenuest1:Street, st1:CityTemplest1:City, st1:StateTexasst1:Statest1:address 76501. A memorial service will also be held to celebrate Martins remarkable life on st1:date Month6 Day3 Year2009Wednesday, June 3, 2009st1:date at st1:time Hour11 Minute011 a.m.st1:time and a reception will follow from st1:time Hour12 Minute0noonst1:time until st1:time Hour15 Minute03 p.m.st1:time at the st1:placest1:PlaceNameHarperTalasekst1:PlaceName st1:PlaceNameFamilyst1:PlaceName st1:PlaceTypeCenterst1:PlaceTypest1:place, located across from the funeral home. P
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P classMsoNormal styleMARGIN: 0in 0in 0ptFor those desiring, the family has set up the Elizabeth and Madelyn Education Fund for Martins children at the Austin Area Teachers Federal Credit Union, st1:addressst1:StreetP.O. Box 14867st1:Street, st1:CityAustinst1:City, st1:StateTexasst1:State st1:PostalCode78761st1:PostalCodest1:address, 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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