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David Martin

January 25, 1948 — November 11, 2019

Born in Dayton, TN on January 25, 1948 Departed on November 11, 2019 and resided in Gallatin, TN
David Vance (Van) Martin

Born in Dayton, TN on January 25, 1948

Departed on November 11, 2019 and resided in Gallatin, TN

David Vance (Van) Martin, son of Nelson and Geraldine Martin, passed away Monday afternoon, November 11, 2019, at the age of 71. A Sale Creek, Tennessee, native, Van graduated from Red Bank High School in Chattanooga before attending Middle Tennessee State University as an undergraduate student. While at MTSU, he served as student body president. After earning a Doctor of Jurisprudence degree from the University of Tennessee, he practiced law for five decades, primarily in Knoxville, as a member of the Tennessee Bar Association. An active church and community member, Van is survived by his wife of 50 years, Regina Allen Martin (Gallatin, TN); older brother, Randy Martin (Ashland, KY); daughters, Laura Shannon (Lenoir City, TN) and Sarah Martin (Louisville, KY); sons David and John (Chattanooga, TN); and two grandchildren, Gabriel and Eva Shannon. Two memorial services will be held for Van. The first will take place on Sunday, November 17 (4 pm EST, with a receiving of friends beginning at 3 pm) at Calvary Baptist Church, 3200 Kingston Pike in Knoxville, Tennessee with Dr. Dan Riley officiating. The second will be at First Baptist Church Gallatin, 205 East Main Street in Gallatin, Tennessee, on Sunday, November 24 (4 pm CST with a receiving of friends beginning at 3 pm) with Dr. Travis Fleming officiating. Van will then be laid to rest with his family in Sale Creek.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you call the people you love. Alexander Funeral Home & Cremation Center is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be submitted at (615) 502-0011

12 Comments Terena Boone November 16, 2019 at 1:58 pm - Reply

A very big hero in my life whom I will always remember you with gratitude. Thank you, Van for helping my family through a very difficult time. Your expertise, wisdom and council were priceless. RIP

Randy Reagan November 16, 2019 at 3:55 pm - Reply

I’ve known Van for many, many years. We were adversaries in the courtroom, but friends outside the courtroom. Sincerest condolences to his family. Rest in peace, Van.

Ron Rogers November 16, 2019 at 7:24 pm - Reply

Van was one of my best friends in high school. We competed against each other in junior high basketball before he came to Red Bank. His parents graciously allowed us to visit and practice our “music” in their home. Van was athletic, witty, a born leader, and just plain fun to be around. It came as no surprise to his high school classmates that he would be successful in life and in his career.
My condolences to Regina and the entire Martin family. I am so sorry for your loss.
We were all better for having been a part of Van’s life.

Robert Godwin November 17, 2019 at 5:45 pm - Reply

A fine fellow; a fine lawyer. I enjoyed him as both.

Phil Whitson November 17, 2019 at 8:59 pm - Reply

So sad to hear this. Van was one of my best friends in law school and my first and best law partner. I'll never forget when we harvested chickens at my small farm while we were in law school. Love to Regina and family. Phil and Connie Whitson.

Leslie and Todd Yates November 18, 2019 at 1:26 am - Reply

Thankful for the impact that Mr. Van had on my son in the college and career class at FBCG! Our prayers are with your family.

Connie Whitson November 18, 2019 at 3:21 pm - Reply

Regina – I see Phil has already left you a message, but I would love to talk to you sometime in a little while. Maybe you could private message me on Facebook and we could get in touch. I don't use Facebook much but in cases like this it's a good way to connect. I tried to look up you and your daughter but was not successful. My sister who lives in Knoxville called and told us about Van and of course we were just crushed. He was one of the best persons we've ever known. Those law school days were very special & we treasure the friendships. Much love and prayer to you and your family.
Connie Whitson
North Carolina

Nancy Shelton November 18, 2019 at 7:48 pm - Reply

I don't know how to put into words the wonderful impact Van and Regina have had on my children. I am so grateful that God brought you into our lives at just the right time. I've seen so much spiritual growth in them while under Mr. Van's tutelage. The lessons they learned from him will last a lifetime and be taught to future generations. What a legacy he leaves!

Angie McGill November 19, 2019 at 10:22 am - Reply

Just learned of Van's passing. What a special man and faithful servant of God. Regina, we are praying for you. Thank you for loving Rick & I so well and we've never forgotten the sage advice and truths shared with us for our pre-marital counseling. We love you.

Diane & Nelson Westover November 22, 2019 at 1:37 pm - Reply

Regina – We were so sorry not to be able to talk with you at the funeral for Van, but wanted you to know what a blessing it was to know Van during our early married years (and you!). You were both such an encouragement to us, and the joy that you always shared was beautiful! Our love and prayers are with you as you walk this path ahead. May you feel the Lord's love every step of the way!

Love you!

Diane & Nelson Westover November 22, 2019 at 1:46 pm - Reply


We we're so sorry not to have a chance to speak to you at the funeral for Van. Our love and prayers are with you during these difficult days and years ahead. We are so thankful for the joy and wisdom that you both brought to our lives. Thank you for shining the light of Jesus to all you encounter! May He carry you and hold you tightly as you grieve this great loss of Van right now.

Love you!

Daniel Israel December 7, 2019 at 5:13 pm - Reply

We are sorry to hear the news of passing away into glory by our dear friend Van Martin. We appreciate hi s humility and love for all people.We will surely miss him .May the Lord comfort and encourage you at this time. Dan &Kasthuri, Israel.

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