Columbus, OH — Phillip Martin, 80, of St. Peter, Ill., died Aug. 17, 2020.
He was married to Sylvia Dianne (Albea) Martin for 59 years.
His children, David and Darla (Martin) Gray Lohman are both involved in harness racing in Kentucky, Ohio, Indiana, and Illinois.
One of the highlights of Mr. Martin’s career was winning a 2-year-old Kentucky Sire Stake with Winning Walter, beating the world famous Abercrombie. Another fun fact is that Mr. Martin and his children all won a Kentucky Sire Stake as drivers.
Most of his life was spent racing horses, making tack and playing cards. He loved horse racing and spending time with family and friends. He was loved by many and will be missed.
Mr. Martin is survived by his wife, Sylvia; son, David (Lori); daughter, Darla (David); grandson, Aaron (Whitney); step- grandsons, Ian Gentry, Stevie Gray, and Dayne (Megan) Lohman; great-step-grandsons, Kamden Lohman and Jamie Gray; sister, Marilyn Sue Davis; brother-in-law, Richard (Beverly) Albea; sisters-in-law, Linda (Conrad) Smith, Dr. Loretta (Stan) Kroin, Jayne (Mike) McCubbins, and Cheri Perrin; as well as many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, Russell and Thelma; sister, Ruth Glasscock; and brothers-in-law, Nemuel Albea and John Perrin.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the family at P.O. Box 43, St Peter, IL 62880.