Obituary: John Martin, D.C.
Written by Editor   
Monday, September 25, 2017 12:00 AM

John Martin, D.C., past president of the Texas Chiropractic Association from 1989 to 1990 passed away Saturday, Sep. 9, 2017.  

Services will be Sep. 30 at 11:00 AM at Unity Church of the Hills in on Anderson Mill Rd. in Austin, Texas. The family has asked that donations be made in his name to Unity Church of the Hills.

Our sincerest condolences to his family, friends, colleagues and patients.

Born in Tyler, John Martin attended John Tyler High School and graduated from Texas Chiropractic College.  He retired from active practice in 2014, but remained active as an alternative health care class instructor and with the Touch for Health Association, USA.

Dr. Martin was extremely active in both civic and professional arenas.  Within his profession he served as the editor of the TCA Members Monthly Newsletter in 1981 and was named the founding editor of the Texas Journal of Chiropractic and served in that capacity from 1982 to 1986 and then again from 1999 to 2003.  He also served the TCA in numerous volunteer offices from 1970 to 2003.  From committee member to committee chair, from county society president to state association president, Dr. John Martin was there to serve his profession.  He participated in developing the first policy manual for the state association and in drafting of the Consensus Conference for the Establishment for Chiropractic Quality Assurance and Standards of Practice (the Mercy Document) in 1992, and the Texas Guidelines for Chiropractic Quality Assurance and practice Parameters in 1994.

Dr. Martin also served to lead the Congress of State Chiropractic Associations.  From a district director to president of the association Dr. Martin was in the forefront of leading chiropractic progress.  Not only did he lead within his professional association, but he served his chiropractic alma mater.  He served as editor and on the board of regents for Texas Chiropractic College and as a delegate from Texas to international chiropractic conferences in London, England, and in Sydney, Australia.  He also served as a prolific guest lecturer on many occasions.

In the area of community service, Dr. Martin was extremely active, serving the leadership of Jaycees, the Lions, school boards, churches and civic organizations. Dr. Martin was also a key proponent of the Boy Scouts of America serving in local, regional and area wide leadership.

Never at a loss for words, or hesitant to to pitch in to accomplish a goal, Dr. John Martin is a foundational element in the lives of many and a cornerstone of the chiropractic profession.