In Loving Memory of Charles "Chuck" Martin June 20, 1938 - July 23, 2016
"Chuck's life was a gift to his many friends and his family, all of whom are better people for having known him. We know that God did not choose Chuck to be less than anyone. We believe He chose Chuck to be stronger, braver and more compassionate than anyone else and he was."
- The Chuck Martin Family
Charles "Chuck" Martin was born in 1938. While his father was gone from home during World War II, his family lived in Topeka with his grandparents.
Even though Chuck had been diagnosed with a developmental disability, his grandmother taught him how to read, a skill that people with his level of disability normally didn't have. He loved reading the newspaper, magazines and books throughout his life.
"We know that God did not choose Chuck to be less than anyone."
In the early 1980s, Chuck established his home at SLI where he remained for nearly 35 years. Over the years, he enjoyed opportunities to go to camp, go on trips, attend church and participate in social activities all sponsored by SLI.
Chuck enjoyed bird watching which was a hobby that was introduced to him by his mother and grandmother. He loved to dance, bowl, watch and listen to baseball games and Kansas Jayhawk basketball. He cared for animals and spent time volunteering at Helping Hands Humane Society. He especially loved Sunday dinners with his family.
SLI has always been with Chuck when he had to go to doctor appointments and on frequent occasions to the hospital. SLI provided Chuck a loving, caring environment in which to live.
At Thanksgiving, Chuck's family gathered in a circle and expressed to one another what they wanted to give thanks for. For many years, Chuck said nothing, his voice maybe muted by a debilitating stutter. One Thanksgiving, however, he stated without the hint of stutter that he was thankful for his home at SLI.
"SLI provided Chuck with a loving, caring environment to have lived his life to the fullest," said his family.
Chuck's brother-in-law, Harry Craig, said "The public at large need to know they are just like all of us. They love, they laugh, and they cry. They have good days and bad days. It just may take them a little longer to express their feelings or communicate. The community needs to know that SLI is a real jewel in Topeka. We are extremely blessed by everything SLI does to provide the best possible life for people with disabilities."