Posted by: philipmartin | January 8, 2010

Frank Wayne Martin Passes Away

As editor of Crickhollow Books, I’m saddened to say that Frank Wayne Martin, the author of Patton’s Lucky Scout, passed away peacefully yesterday on January 7, 2010, after some years of dealing with a problematic heart condition, with recent complications that even he, the quintessential survivor, could not overcome.

I’ll just share a few words sent by his daughter-in-law, Nancy Martin, who worked so wonderfully with him to organize his World War II memoirs into his recently published book. In her sharing of the news, she offered this piece from 16th-century Catholic poet/preacher/scholar John Donne:

No man is an island,
Entire of itself;
Each is a piece of the continent,
A part of the main.
If a clod be washed away by the sea,
Europe is the less,
As well as if a promontory were,
As well as if a manor of thy friend’s
Or of thine own were.
Any man’s death diminishes me,
Because I am involved in mankind;
And therefore, never send to know
For whom the bell tolls;
It tolls for thee.

These famous words by John Donne are a prose passage from Meditation 17, Devotions Upon Emergent Occasions (1624).

Here’s a photo taken just after Wayne’s book was published last fall, taken at a local indie bookstore, Next Chapter Bookshop, in November 2009. I just want to add that it was a great privilege to know him and to be a part of sharing those remarkable stories, told with such humor and humanity, of his World War II days as a scout for General Patton.

Frank Wayne Martin at Next Chapter Bookshop

Frank Wayne Martin at Next Chapter Bookshop, November 2009



  1. I really enjoyed the book. The style was very realistic. It made me feel as if I was there.

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