Martin Arvid Crissup, passed away peacefully in his home on Sunday, September 10th, 2017. Martin was born on May 30th, 1943, to Arvin Elric and Wilda Mae Crissup, in Mooreland, Oklahoma. He was the little brother to Avis Nadeen and big brother to Christopher “Kent”. After graduating from high school in Sweetwater, TX, he went to trade school in Witchia, KS. He married Karen Sue Hart around midnight on his 21st birthday, May 30th, 1964, in Hennessy OK, where they had met while Karen was working at the local burger shoppe. Their’s was a unique marriage, and while they didn’t always enjoy spending time together, they always were there to take care of each other. Martin was 21 when he became a dad to 5 year old David Wayne Goff. They moved first to Wichita, KS, where he worked for Boeing, and then on to Boulder, CO, where he worked for Public Service of Colorado. They returned to OK in 1969, and lived in Moore, until they found their permanent residence in Newcastle, Oklahoma, where they raised their two younger children, Marti Sue and Michael Blake Crissup.
Martin was preceded in death by his wife, Karen, both parents, his step-father, and both his siblings. He is survived by his son, David Goff and wife Karion, of Tuttle; his son, Michael “Mike” and wife, Samantha “Sammy Jo” Crissup, of Newcastle, Ok; and Marti Crissup, of Oklahoma City, Ok; as well as his numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces and nephews…..who have all held a special place in his heart, and were always invited to share in holiday celebrations at “Home Base”.
Martin made his career in heavy equiptment operation and oilfield trucking. After having been a pedestrian in a drunk driving accident in the Summer of ’93, he began an early retirement. Each 5 years that passed after his accident, he would tell everyone he was starting a new “5 year plan”. 24 years he made it in this plan!
He was an avid motorcycle rider his entire life and always loved the Colorado mountains. Some of his most treasured possessions were photos of himself and his Dad, brother and son….elk hunting in the mountains. The walls of his house are lined with photos of all his family. He also loved to make unique treasures out of “junk” and would work for hours on end in his shop.
Martin will be cremated and his ashes will be taken by his family at his request to the Colorado Rocky Mountains, where Martin himself has taken many of his loved ones before him. Karen’s ashes await him from her favorite valley near Independence Pass.
Services will be held on Monday, September 18th, at 10am, at the Tri-City Worship Center.