Oklahoma tornadoes: Man swept up in May 24 twister dies

Oklahoma tornadoes: Ron Martin, of Carmen, tried to hide from a May 24 tornado by parking his pickup in a barn, his sons said.
BY TIFFANY GIBSON tgibson@opubco.com Published: June 11, 2011
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“He was a person who valued friends and family,” Kent Martin said. “He was very loved by the community.”

On the day of his surgery, he told his family to thank everyone, whispering “they're too good.”

After the operation, Ron Martin was put on a respirator. His family never heard him speak again.

“He was nodding and shaking his head, and we were trying to read his lips, but it's hard to talk with a respirator,” Kent Martin said.

His family was hopeful about a recovery. But after speaking with doctors, Kent Martin said, he knew his father's health was failing.

“There was a time when we thought he was getting better, but then things went downhill real fast after that,” he said.

Services for Ron Martin are scheduled for 10 a.m. Monday at Alva First Church of the Nazarene. Family members ask that memorial donations be made to his childhood church, Cedar Springs Church of the Nazarene, to help rebuild the church from storm damage.

Ron Martin is also survived by his wife, Charlene, a daughter, Ronda and five grandchildren.

The tornadoes destroyed 493 homes and businesses and damaged 370 more.

Contributing:

Staff Writer Bryan Dean

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