Frederick Kirke Martin III

Born in Pittsburgh, PA on January 13, 1950

Departed on December 16, 2020 and resided in Nashville, TN

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NASHVILLE – Frederick Kirke Martin III, age 70, passed away peacefully on December 16th, 2020, surrounded by his family. The days preceding his death were filled with laughter and tears, music and knitting, and the GREAT love of his devoted family. Kirke was born January 13th, 1950 in Pittsburgh, PA, as the only child of Kirke and Jenny Martin. As a child he spent his afternoons with his first-generation Lithuanian grandparents, smelling freshly baked bread, snacking on Mallow Cups, and being doted on by his mother. Kirke was a graduate of North Hills High School and DePauw University. He was an accomplished football and baseball player and was nicknamed “Lurch” for his gentle demeanor and towering stature. Kirke graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Finance & Business and a master’s degree in Education and was a proud member of the Beta Theta Pi fraternity. In 1970 Kirke studied abroad in Denmark, and while traveling on a bus of students in Reykjavik, Iceland, he asked if anyone knew how to play bridge. Margie, thinking he was cute, pretended she knew how to play (she still has never learned!). The two fell immediately in love and were married June 12th, 1971. The newlyweds then moved to Nashville, TN, which Kirke lovingly dubbed as “The City of Sons-in-Law.” Kirke’s Pittsburgh accent faded during his 50 years as a Tennessean, but his love for the Penguins and Steelers never did. He loved calling Nashville home. Kirke founded his own music business firm in 1981, Martin and Associates (now Martin, Allbee, Bryan, Miller, and Associates). Kirke was revered for his honesty, loyalty, and practicality, and his advice was sought after by many up-and-coming and established artists. During his 40 years in the Nashville music industry, Kirke served on the boards of Leadership Music and Nashville Entertainment Association, and was a member of CMA and GMA. Kirke was proud of his business, loved by his colleagues, and counted his clients as friends and family. While being a business manager was fulfilling for Kirke, his true joy came in being a husband, father, and grandfather.
Kirke and Margie raised four children - Kirke, Edward, Margo and Helen. Kirke spent most of the 80’s and 90’s coaching and watching soccer, baseball, ballet, and ice hockey. He spent his weekends traveling for his sons’ hockey games and was an integral part of growing the Nashville Youth Hockey League, serving as Board President for multiple terms. When he wasn’t enjoying his children’s activities, Kirke was trying to grow the perfect tomato and cucumber in the backyard, explaining gravity while assisting with science fair projects, planting pansies and annabelles, making Saturday morning trips to Home Depot, watching football and golf, or making his children pick up sticks in the backyard. Kirke loved dogs. He cherished the company of his childhood dog, Rocket, and later, his family’s yellow lab, Sandy Noel. Kirke began every morning by completing the crossword puzzle, keeping his mind sharp and his knowledge of obscure things hearty. It was a coveted position to sit by Kirke’s side and “help” with the morning crossword. Alongside his crossword, Kirke loved to watch the backyard wildlife, especially the hummingbirds and their most persistent foe, Wally, the woodpecker. Kirke loved to play cards, anything from a complicated game of Bridge with his friends at Monday’s on Manor, The Vanderbilt
Bridge Club, and Hillwood Bridge Club, to a game of Cribbage or Spades with his children to a simple game of Go Fish with his grandchildren. Kirke had an amazing ability to know what cards anyone had in their hand at any given time, and an equally amazing ability for still making the game fun, even if he could easily whup his opponents.
Kirke loved spaghetti, M&M’s, mandarin oranges in black cherry jello, taco salad, sushi, Toll House chocolate chip cookies, IBC root beer, and was well known for his delicious Christmas Eve Minestrone. Kirke loved to watch M.A.S.H. and “shoot ‘em ups” (as he called them), and in contrast he unashamedly shed tears while watching The Nutcracker, just for the beauty of it all. The happiest Kirke ever was, was when he was surrounded by the chaos and love of his wife, four children, their spouses, and his eleven grandchildren. Kirke took pride in his greatest role - being a beloved “Poppie” to his grandchildren. He loved to spend his summers at the Monteagle Sunday School Assembly watching his grandchildren zoom around on their bikes, and his favorite way to pass an afternoon was spend hours by the fire on his screened-in porch listening to his family play guitar and sing him his favorite songs, among them “Keep Your Heart Young” and “Salvation Song.” Kirke led and supported his family as a pillar of strength, humility, honesty and kindness. As the Carolina Chocolate Drops sing so beautifully in their song “Leaving Eden,” “Dying is just another way to lead the ones you love.” Kirke fulfilled this with all that he was.
Kirke was preceded in death by his parents, Frederick Kirke Martin Jr. and Jenny Helen Martin of Pittsburgh, PA and his parents-in-law, Edward A. and Marguerite Fish of Nashville, TN. Kirke is survived by his beloved wife of 49 ½ years, Margie, his children Kirke (Keedysville, MD), Edward and Rachel Martin, Margo and David Cloniger, and Helen and Kris Nonn (all of Nashville TN). And by his eleven beloved grandchildren, Samuel, Meridian, and Reuben Cloniger, Dylan, Rowan and Eamon Martin, Olive and McKay Martin, and Ryer, Marlow and Hollis Nonn. Kirke is also survived by his dear chosen brother, Thom Schuyler (Sarah Tallu), his brothers-in-law Ed (Toni), John (Denice), and Walter Fish, his niece, nephews, cousins and by his friend, Henry Yarborough.
While it is the family’s greatest wish to be able to celebrate the life of such an amazing man surrounded by those who loved and respected him and those whom he loved and respected, due to the current restrictions imposed by Covid-19, there will be a private family service and burial to follow at the Monteagle Sunday School Assembly. Because his family will greatly miss the stories and memories that would be shared when gathering together, Kirke’s family would welcome and cherish your written remembrances in celebration of his life. Please mail your remembrances to The Martin Family ? MAMBA, P.O. Box 128287, Nashville, TN 37212 or email to
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to, The Store (P.O.Box 128287 Nashville Tennessee 37212), created by his friends and clients, Brad and Kim Paisley, The Nashville Food Project (5904 California Ave, Nashville, TN 37209), founded by his cousin, Tallu Quinn and a favorite place for his grandchildren to volunteer, Monteagle Sunday School Assembly (PO Box 307, Monteagle TN, 37356), an adored place of childhood magic, or Alive Hospice (1718 Patterson St., Nashville, TN, 37203) who helped care so lovingly for Kirke in the last three months of his life.

39 Comments to III Frederick Kirke Martin III

  1. Hilrie and Bert Brown
    December 18, 2020 5:58 pm

    Kirke was a man of stature, both physically and spiritually. He will be missed. What a legacy he leaves for his family! He is truly leading them home.

  2. Diane Dioguardi
    December 19, 2020 12:16 pm

    I loved the obituary…you did a remarkable job of writing for a remarkable man. Thank You.

  3. Emily Adkins
    December 19, 2020 4:06 pm

    This is a beautiful tribute to a wonderful guy. My love and prayers are with Margie and all of the Martin and Fish family members.

  4. Kris Hansen
    December 19, 2020 5:03 pm

    Love and prayers to your family.

  5. Hailey Husband Hirst
    December 19, 2020 5:17 pm

    A perfect tribute to one of my favorites !
    Love to all of you!

  6. Sandra Greenwood
    December 19, 2020 5:19 pm

    Oh Margie, I’m heartbroken. I didn’t even know Kirke was ill. Much love and prayers for you and your family! I know Bill and he have a game going on right now❤️

  7. Judy Lowe
    December 19, 2020 5:36 pm

    I am so sorry to hear this Margie. Please kiss the kids for me and know that prayers are going up for each and everyone of you. Love you guys so much.

  8. Adele tyler
    December 19, 2020 6:19 pm

    What a wonderful man and a wonderful life he lived! Thank you for this beautiful story of Kirke. I enjoyed learning more about him and his many interests and activities, and I’m so glad I got to know Kirke and your family. Dan and I both are thinking of all of you at this sad time.

  9. Laura Lewis
    December 19, 2020 7:19 pm

    Kirke’s life, as written so lovingly in this tribute, touched everyone who knew him. What a kind, good, God-fearing man. Truly, a “ gentleman”.
    A life well-lived!

  10. Crystal Hargis
    December 19, 2020 7:39 pm

    This is a beautiful tribute!
    Love to you all!

  11. Lucie Carroll
    December 19, 2020 7:40 pm

    I’m so sorry Margie. I’ll be praying for you and your family.

  12. Sallie Hillenmeyer
    December 19, 2020 8:03 pm

    Margie.. soo sad to hear this.. such a dramatic year I’ve lost touch with everyone. This is such a warm story to hear abt all his favorite hobbies and places. Thank you for sharing with us. I remember him at so many hockey functions and Margo and hunter’s class stuff along the way. A great fellow we all loved! God Bless you all ❤️❤️Sending love- sallie Hillenmeyer

  13. Jane Pettit
    December 19, 2020 8:39 pm

    What a loving and beautifully told tale of a man who worked all his life to be where he is now. Thanks for sharing the uplifting, sad remembrance.

  14. Missy
    December 19, 2020 10:43 pm

    Margie, Kirke had a gentle manner and a warm smile which made everyone feel comfortable.
    You and your are in our prayers

  15. Beth O’Shea
    December 19, 2020 11:22 pm

    Margie and Family,
    I remember Kirke at the hockey rink! His life story says it all – he was a great guy! I am so glad he decided to make this “son-in-law” town his home. For one thing, we kept you; and for another, we had him.

    Sending love and lifting prayers,

  16. Judy Quinn
    December 20, 2020 9:44 am

    Dear Margie and family,

    I cannot tell you how much this tribute moved me. It captured the nature of his wonderful bright soul & inspiring characteristics- which range from his appreciation of the fragile beauty of nature, to his robust athletic prowess, to his promotion of music, to his undying dedication to family. He certainly lived life and love to the fullest.

    I join you in celebrating Kirke. His life is inspiring to me, especially as our generation grows older and wonders at our impact on the world. Kirke’s was monumental and lasting.

    Much love to you all,
    Judy Quinn

  17. Dan Tyler
    December 20, 2020 10:08 am

    Thank you for this wonderful tribute to Kirke and the exemplary life he led. In my book, Kirke is a true mensch, a stand-up guy, a big man with a big heart. The loving devotion of his family is testament to his goodness. He always treated me with compassion, patience and sincere interest. I could sense he put others before self and his life was anchored in service.. I extend condolences, especially, to Margie who will miss his presence most keenly and to my friend, Thom, who has lost a best friend. Blessings to all in these difficult times.

  18. Sydney Catlett
    December 20, 2020 11:27 am

    Margie, What an incredible tribute to your sweet husband. I am so glad I got to know him better over the last few years and feel like I understand him so much more completely from this detailed account. You have been an exemplary servant to your family during these last years of aging and health issues; we should all learn from your selfless, faithful, loving attendance. We send our prayers and much love to our neighbor at Monteagle.

  19. Johnny and Emily
    December 20, 2020 11:32 am

    Flashbacks to hockey games throughout the East and trips to Canada with your powerful, gentle sons and your beautiful daughters who endured what was then a male sport. Then getting to renew our love of your family around the
    Clonigers’ firepit with the grand overseer of his clan proudly holding court. Special memories that remain. Margie, our love to you and your family.

  20. Mary-Bob and Jack
    December 20, 2020 1:30 pm

    What a beautiful tribute to a beautiful man….We are so very sorry for your loss. Kirke will be greatly missed. You are surrounded by the love of an incredible family….we’re sending our love and condolences to all of you.

  21. Jackie Byrom
    December 20, 2020 3:51 pm

    Margie, Ive been thinking of you and your family since I heard the news. What a wonderful tribute to a much loved man. Love, Jackie

  22. Camille Morgan
    December 20, 2020 3:53 pm

    What a beautiful tribute. My thoughts and prayers are with you Margie and the family.

  23. Betsy and Tom Matlock
    December 20, 2020 6:05 pm

    Such a lovely tribute to such a special man who made our lives better…

  24. Nita and Mike Shea
    December 20, 2020 7:31 pm

    What a wonderful obit about a wonderful man. He made youth hockey in Nashville and we all benefited. Kirke made everyone he met feel important. That is a rare gift. Margie—we’ll say our prayers for your great guy.

  25. Cathy Fitzgibbons Scott
    December 20, 2020 8:57 pm

    Kirke was a brilliant, humble, gentle soul. My heart goes out to each of his family members.

  26. Mike and Jinja Nonn
    December 20, 2020 9:10 pm

    We offer our sympathy to Margie and the entire Martin family. We are thankful we have gotten to know the Martin family through our nephew Kris and his wife Helen as well as for having experienced the kindness and generosity of their special family.

  27. Gwen Skelley
    December 20, 2020 11:32 pm

    My deepest condolences, Margie, to you and your sweet, loving family.
    Gwen Skelley

  28. Ann Oeebles
    December 20, 2020 11:52 pm

    Margie, I am so sorry to hear this. I know you are heartbroken and send my prayers and thoughts. May memories of your wonderful life with Kirk’s give you blessings, comfort and peace. Much love to you and your family.

  29. Elizabeth Fox
    December 21, 2020 1:04 am

    I know Kirk was an incredible business man and truly loving husband and father. I remember being in the church the day you all married. It was a beautiful service inside as it stormed outside. And I LOVED playing bridge against Betsy and him at Hillwood duplicate – competitive doesn’t begin to describe our games! But my favorite memory of Kirk’s was the night that changed his life when he and I held a “rope” across Lynwood Terrace. I think of that and laugh. I will miss that gentle giant.

  30. Blake Murray
    December 21, 2020 12:24 pm

    What a perfect tribute to a truly great man! Holding you all close in my thoughts and prayers.

  31. Barrett Sutton
    December 21, 2020 3:31 pm

    I am so sorry for this loss of a great man with a great heart. There are so few true heroes. I am down to about two now. I have always loved your whole family and join you in the morning the loss of Kirke,knowing he will lead us on from here.

  32. Barrett Sutton
    December 21, 2020 3:35 pm

    We join you in the morning the loss of such a wonderful friend, husband, father, grandfather and professional.He will be missed so greatly by so many. I am sure he will continue to lead us on from here by the life that he lived before us. There are so few heroes in the world. I am down to about two now. We love you all so much,may God be with you.

  33. Jane Hardy
    December 21, 2020 9:34 pm

    What a beautiful tribute to a great person. I can imagine the heartbreak felt by his dear family and friends, and am holding you in my thoughts and prayers.

  34. Donna and Jim Robers
    December 22, 2020 5:51 pm

    What a wonderful man, a gentle giant for sure. We are so sorry to hear this. Love and prayers.

  35. Debbie McAllonis
    December 23, 2020 10:23 am

    Margie: I’m do glad that I had the opportunity to get to know Kirke, you and family again during my business travel to Nashville a few years back. During my long talks with Kirke, I felt that as a cousin and both as only children of wonderful parents, he was also like the brother that I never had. We often thought about things the same way. Wish we would have had more time … My husband, Eric, and I will keep in touch with you and your wonderful family. Debbie McAllonis, daughter to Kirke’s Mom’s brother, Ray McAllonis.

    December 24, 2020 12:10 pm

    From an old friend that was on that bus with you in Iceland and many other memories from Kobenhavn and a certain VW bus trip through Europe, I was sad to come upon this listing. I am so sorry that you lost Kirke. He will obviously be missed by many. Even though I never kept in touch i already miss him too. I’m glad that you have most of your family around you and friends to help in this trying time.
    May God bless you and your family.


  37. Jody
    December 25, 2020 4:11 pm

    I’ am so sorry for your loss. I didn’t ever met Kirke but always heard wonderful things about him from your Mom and Dad. You and your wonderful family are in our prayers

  38. JoeAnn Ware
    December 26, 2020 2:20 pm

    I was Hired to set with the precious Mother of Margie . The family treated me like a family member loved spending time with you all a memory I will live with the rest of my life . The news of Kirkes passing has really upset me I knew what a close and loving family you all are . I love you all and I am so sorry thanks for the m

  39. Janetta Fleming
    January 1, 2021 3:49 pm

    When I was a girl I often babysat for young Kirke and Edward over on Lincoln Court. I was 16 and drove an old Camaro. If it was late at night when the Martins returned from a party, Kirke would absolutely insist on getting back in his car and following me home to my block to be sure I was safe and sound. What a wonderful guy !! I remember him fondly.
    All my love.

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