Jesse (Jess) A. Martin (65) of Chatham, formerly of Effingham

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Published on February 26 2013 2:01 am

Jesse (Jess) A. Martin, 65 of Chatham, formerly of Effingham, died on Saturday, February 23, 2013 at 6:35 a.m. at Memorial Medical Center in Springfield.

Funeral services will be at 10:00 a.m., on Friday, March 1, 2013 at Hall Funeral Chapel in Effingham with Pastor Ruby McDowell officiating. Cremation rites will be accorded following the funeral. Visitation is from 4:00-7:00 p.m. Thursday, February 28th with a 6:00 p.m. Elks memorial service, also at Hall Funeral Chapel. There will be a luncheon following the service at the Effingham Elks Lodge. Online condolences may be left by clicking here.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Heart Association, or to the Simmons Cancer Institute at SIU, c/o SIU Foundation at the School of Medicine, P.O. Box 19666, Springfield, IL 62794-9666, in memory of Jesse A. Martin.

Jess was born on November 12, 1947 in White County, IL, to Lloyd and Lillian (Bohleber) Martin. He married Connie (Burns) Shadowens on August 10, 1974 in DeSoto. He graduated from Carmi High School in 1965 and later graduated from SIU in 1971. Jess worked for the Illinois Department of Transportation, as a civil engineer, working in Effingham for most of those years and retiring from the Springfield office. He obtained his Professional Engineer License in 1977 and was named Engineer of the Year in 1983.

Jess was a member of the Effingham Elks, where he enjoyed playing Santa for several years. He was very active in the Effingham Park District Girls’ Softball, and worked hard making Evergreen Park home for the girls’ softball. Jess, also coached the Dairy Queen Girls’ softball team. In retirement, he enjoyed fishing in his backyard, and taking trips with his wife.

He was a loving, caring husband, dad, grandpa, and friend, who is survived by his wife; Connie, son; Jeffrey (wife, Ann) Shadowens of Newport News, VA, daughter; Jennifer (husband, Randy) Lash of Virden, daughter-in-law; Ginny Shadowens of Florida, granddaughters; Brittany Shadowens of Effingham and Lilly Lash of Virden, grandsons; Ryan Shadowens of Effingham and Dalton Shadowens of Florida, sister; Judy (husband, Chuck) Crowe of Greenfield, In, brother; Keith (wife, Judy) Braizer of Harrisburg, brother-in-laws; Gene (wife, Anita) Barrett of Carbondale, Vince (wife, Debbie) Burns of Pinckneyville, and Bob (wife, Dale) Burns of Murphysboro, sister-in-law; Susan Burns of Lake St. Louis, MO, his two best buddies; Lukas and Lane Lorton of Springfield, IL, and many nieces and nephews. He was a very loving and caring person who touched many lives and will be missed by all.

He was preceded in death by his parents, son; James (Jim) Shadowens.