March 3, 2021 marked the one-year anniversary of the loss of a true Holden public servant.
Ted Martin passed away in 2020 and his loss is still felt by the many who knew and loved him, as well as many in the community that he swore to protect.
Ted and his wife Larena were long-time Holden residents. They raised their family here. In 2018, the Martins relocated to Warsaw to spend their retirement years.
Ted had two successful careers, first with General Motors, which he retired from, and then with the Holden Police Department as a protector of the people.
Ted began his career with the Holden Police Department in 1984, serving as a patrol officer in the early years.
He loved patrolling and keeping his community safe. He also enjoyed stopping and visiting with Holden residents, many of whom would have fresh-baked goodies for him. He was a beloved member of the community and the police department.
Ted’s fine work as a public servant earned him the accolade of Officer of the Year in 1989. Throughout his 17-year career in local law enforcement, Ted held multiple ranks, culminating in being named the Chief of Police.
He retired from the police department in 2001 as Chief. Ted served with loyalty and integrity throughout his time with the HPD.
Mayor Doyle Weeks issued a proclamation shortly after Ted’s death, proclaiming March 7 as “T.E. (Ted) Martin Day” in Holden.
On behalf of the entire community, the Mayor extended to Ted’s family deep appreciation for his distinguished and dedicated service to the Holden community.
Ted was also very involved in Holden sports and coached several youth teams. He loved the youth and that is part of the legacy he leaves behind, that of touching the lives of many young men and women.
He was instrumental in starting the Junior Patrol for children and teens who were interested in a career in law enforcement.
Ted and Larena were very active members of the First Presbyterian Church in Holden.
Ted was also an avid hunter and fisherman and shared his experiences and wisdom with his children and grandchildren.
Ted and Larena have three children, 12 grandchildren, 24 great-grandchildren, and two great-great-grandchildren.
His bright smile and friendly personality will forever be missed in this community. And Ted’s loyal service to the town of Holden is a beacon of light for all who knew and loved him.
It will serve as a benchmark for all future officers of the law. He will always be missed but his remarkable life of service will be celebrated each year on March 7.