How to make a father cry...

Kristi Martin, my daughter in law, my deceased son’s widow, just sent me these photos of Chris. I had very few photos of him. Chris was incredibly independent and he and I were not very close. We are now. I miss him. A lot.

Kristi gave me a lot of Chris photos on Feb. 8, 2015.  Here they are:

When Chris was alive he was MORE alive than most of us are.  I am so tickled to have these photos.


Jim Martin

July 13, 2016


Here’s a total shock.  Today I just happened to run across this YOUTUBE memorial to Chris.  I can’t believe I’m seeing this, and I kind of wish I hadn’t.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SxXkmg31wzI

Chris and I built this little sailboat (above)  together from a kit.       It sailed beautifully.