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Dwight Joseph Martinek

Male 1947 - 1997  (50 years)


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Dwight J. Martinek

CANTON, Texas ---Memorial services were here Friday at St. Therese’s Catholic Church for Dwight Joseph Martinek, 50, Canton, Texas, formerly of Delia, Kan., who died Aug. 26, 1997, at home. Authorities said he took his own life.

He was born April 10, 1947, near Rossville, the son of Bennie J. and Ruth A. Diehl Martinek. He received a BS degree in physical education from Kansas State University in Manhattan and played professional baseball in the Detroit Tiger organization. He was principal and head teacher at Delia Grade School.

Mr. Martinek owned and operated a farm and ranch and insurance business near Delia before he moved to Wimberley, Texas, about 10 years ago. While in Wimberley, he became recognized as a metal art sculptor. One of his sculptures was displayed at the entrance at the Museum of International Folk Art in Santa Fe, N.M., in May 1996. His works are included in an exhibit being shown in the United States and Japan over the next four years.

He moved in 1995 to Canton, Texas, where he designed, created and developed a theme park and trade days market known as “Wild Willie II Mountain.” The event annually draws several thousand vendors.

He was a member of St. Therese’s Catholic Church in Canton, Texas, and a charter member of Knights of Columbus Council No. 11978 in Canton, Texas, and a member of the Fourth Degree. He was a member of the Moravian Lodge No. 128 in Rossville, Kan. While in Kansas, he served 11 years as president of the Board of Education for the school district covering Delia, Rossville and St. Marys.

He was married to Beverly Davis May 31, 1969, in Delia. She survives.

Other survivors include a son, Dustin Martinek, Canton, Texas; his mother, Ruth A. Martinek, Canton, Texas; a brother, Douglas F. Martinek, Canton, Texas; and a granddaughter.

Mr. Martinek was cremated.

Memorial contributions may be made to Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Delia and sent in care of Kevin Kerwin, Delia, 66418. Eubank Funeral Home in Canton, Texas, was in charge of arrangements.

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