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In Loving Memory

Alex Lee "Al" Martin, III

February 24, 1937 – July 12, 2020

Alex Lee "Al" Martin, III of Alvin, Texas arrived in heaven on July 12, 2020 at the age of 83. Al was born on February 24th, 1937 in Houston, Texas to Alex and Ella (Becker) Martin.

Al graduated from Alvin High School in 1955 and continued his education at Rice University where he received a bachelor's degree in Physical Education, while also playing college football and attending rodeos.

Al married the love of his life, Edwina Charlene Moore on June 18th, 1959. They were married 61 years. Al started his career at a young age assisting his parents at the Martin Funeral Home in Alvin. In 1960, he began ranching for the Moore Ranches in Fort Bend County. Al went on to work as a home developer, an insurance agent, and an entrepreneur all before acquiring T&L Lease Service in 1970 which he owned and operated until his passing. Al had a life-long passion for ranching. He also enjoyed fishing, quail hunting in south Texas, and working cattle. Al, always supporting his family, became very involved in the horse show world. He was appointed to the board of the Texas Hunter & Jumper Association, the United States Equestrian Team, and the American Horse Show Association. This combined his love for his family and horses. He was adopted by many as their horse show "dad" and known by most as "Cowboy". Al and Charlene loved to dance. They were lifelong members of the Sarabande Dance Club.

Al is survived by his wife, Charlene (Moore) Martin, son's, William Martin and wife Samantha Martin, Houston Martin and significant other Erin Brantley and daughter, Riley Brantley, and his daughter Edwina Vidosh and husband Lee Vidosh, and grandchildren Alex and Brian Vidosh.

Al was preceded in death by his mother, Ella Becker Martin, and his father, Alex Lee Martin Jr.

Due to current conditions, the family will hold a private funeral service. Funeral arrangements are being handled by Jeter Funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be designated online to the Owl Club Athletics Fund of Rice University at giving.rice.edu or UTHealth at giving.uth.edu/memorial.

The family of Alex L. Martin, III wishes to thank Carmen and Simon Galvan, Delores Bowman, and Mike Hanson for their loving care in the final stages of his life as well as the many friends that made such an incredible impact on his amazing life. 

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11 thoughts on “Alex Lee "Al" Martin, III”

  1. The Ratcliffs

    What an amazing life and man! Heartfelt condolences to the entire family, especially Edwina, Lee, Brian and Alex. Keeping you all close in prayer and in our thoughts.
    Love you,
    Blake and Tori Ratcliff

  2. What an amazing man! You were quite the inspiration. May you Rest In Peace in Heaven. Condolences to your beautiful family.

  3. Thoughts and prayers for your family. Great memories of Mr. Martin. You will always have an Angel looking down on you.

  4. Cynthia Thornton

    I am so sorry to hear of this. Prayers for all of the Martin family for healing in this terrible time.

  5. Anthony Forgione

    Our Condolences and Prayers from my Family in Wellington….. we will arrange for a Mass in HIS HONOR!

    The Forgione Family

  6. Joe and Linda Kallabat

    We are so sorry for your loss. May he Rest In Peace with our Lord. Prayers of comfort and peace for all of you.

  7. We are so very sorry of your loss. Our thoughts are with you all during this difficult time. May he RIP.

  8. Lois L Horner

    I was saddened to read of Al's death in the Chronicle this morning. Please accept my sincere sympathy. Much love to all the family. Lois Leitner Horner

  9. Charlene, we were sadden to learn of Al's passing. Judy and I send our love and condolences to you and your family.
    Mike Tyson

  10. Jane & John Dailey

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you, Charlene, and with the entire family. We have such special memories of you and 'Big Al' at William & Samantha's wedding …. and all the Vidosh family. We cherish having William as part of our California family. Love, Jane & John

  11. Amy Logue Cheatham

    Edwina and family – I am so sorry to hear of the passing of your dad. I have only fond memories of him and his 'larger than life' personality. He reminded me a lot of my dad…always smiling and making others laugh. I remember how he used to constantly tease and blow in the face of one of your dogs…a yellow lab, I believe. Oh, we warned him that he was going to get bit because the dog would snap at him. But his playful nature wouldn't listen and that is exactly what happened and he ended up with stitches in his lip! That is the way I want to remember your dad. Jolly, joyful, happy and so loved by his family. Prayers to all of you for comfort and healing. Your family had a very large role in my younger years and I'd never trade a second of it. Love to you all….

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