lives in Conroe, where he is an attorney with the Gilbert
and Enis law firm in the Woodlands. He is a retired senior
district judge in Montgomery County's 2nd and 9th District
Courts. He attended Texas A&M University on a football
scholarship before transferring to SHSU to study political
science. He earned his J. D. degree in 1972 from the South
Texas College of Law. As a senior district judge, Martin
presided over hundreds of high profile criminal and civil
jury trials, and thousands of non-jury trials and hearings.
He pioneered Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) in Montgomery
County and presided over the first district court to impose
mediation in all civil cases. One of his legacies, however,
according to those who nominated him for the award, is
his impact on the youth of the communities in which he
has worked. "The impact of his positive actions will affect
our communities forever," wrote one. "'Finish your education'
is one of his frequent statements to these kids and then
that famous laugh is heard, and he says, 'You never finish
learning.'" Martin's SHSU and community activities have
included service on the SHSU presidential search committee
in 1995 and as board member and president of the SHSU
Alumni Association advisory board, establishment of a
scholarship in political science, and status as a lifetime
vice president of the Montgomery County Fair Association.
Martin has three children and six grandchildren.