In memory of our friend,
Kenneth Charles Martin - KZ5KM (ex-K5YCP)
September 24, 1934 - December 28, 1997
Obituary from the Houston Chronicle:
Kenneth Charles Martin, 63 died Sunday, December 28, 1997. Lifelong resident of Houston. A graduate of Jeff Davis High School, class of 1953; attended the University of Houston. Mr. Martin honorably served his nation in the U.S. Marine Corps. He was a ham radio operator for almost 40 years under the callsign "K5YCP". Lifetime member of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, where he served for 20 years on the Commercial Exhibits Committee. Member of the Board of Directors of the Houston Farm and Ranch Club. Served with the Harris County Sheriff's Reserve for 33 years. Employed for 30 years with McDermott Engineering Corporation where he served as a purchasing agent. Mr. Martin is survived by his wife of 36 years, Charlotte Ann Martin of Houston; daughter, Marcie Lynn Martin of Houston; and son, Keith Alan Martin of Euless, Texas. The family will receive friends from 6:00 - 8:00 pm, Tuesday, December 30, 1997, at Earthman North Chapel, 5100 North Freeway. Funeral Service: 11:00 am, Wednesday, December 31, 1997 at Earthman North Chapel. Internment: Holy Cross Cemetery.
In memory of Kenny Martin, by Bob Walworth - N5ET (1998 TDXS President). From the January 1998, TDXS Bullsheet:
It was so sad to end the year during the Holiday Season with the tragic loss of Ken Martin, KZ5KM (ex-K5YCP). It was quite sudden and with no warning. Ken sat in his chair at home, and never woke up. I don't know what year Ken joined the club, but he had been in it for quite a few years, his member number being #60. Linda and I are number 94 and 95 and we joined in either the fall of '81 or '82. So Ken had been a member since the '70s at least. Ken wasn't able to be at the Convention last October so he asked me to get his Scarborough Reef card from Wayne, N7NG. I did, he was in the log, and I then took it to Bill Kennemer and had it checked for DXCC. With that, Ken had 'em all except the P5. Ken was the consummate DXer. More often than not, Ken would be in the DX stations log before others in the area would even know it was on the air. Not a contester, but surely right on top among the DX chasers. We'll miss Ken, especially on the TDXS repeater. Our prayers go out to Charlotte, his wife of 36 years and family.