Thomas E. Martin

September 18, 1943 – January 1, 2023

A Life of Service

On January 1, 2023, Thomas Eugene Martin, loving husband, father, and papa, passed away peacefully in the company of family and loved ones in his Omaha home.

Known for his wicked sense of humor and always ready to tell you what he thought, Tom was the youngest of three brothers, born on September 18, 1943, to George and Madge Martin in Sioux City, Iowa. After graduating from South Sioux City High School, he went on to attend college and eventually joined the Omaha Police Force in 1967.

Tom married his loving wife Karen in April 1975 and became a family with his three girls, Michelle, Vicky, and Denise, from Tom’s first marriage. Tom and Karen would go on to have his fourth daughter Wendi. Tom was blessed as his family would continue to grow to include grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and his always beloved dachshunds.

Following his retirement from the Omaha Police Force in 1989, Tom would further develop himself by working in private security and then pass the skills he had acquired onto future generations as a technical instructor for the BICSI corporation. He was a licensed ham radio operator for 52 years and a member of the Oakmont HOA board. His love of electronics spilled over into his personal life as well. Tom could always be found working with his countless tools in his shop on everything from ham radios to building and fixing remote-controlled cars, boats, planes, and other toys for his grandchildren.

In 2012 Tom was diagnosed with stage 3A lung cancer. He persevered through 10 long years of treatments, surgeries, and hospitalizations with Karen by his side. Through humor and spite, Tom outlived all medical expectations and timelines given his diagnosis.

Preceded in death by his parents, George and Madge Martin, and his two brothers, Dick Kjos and Donald Stevenson.

Survived by his wife, Karen Martin; 4 daughters: Michelle Steinbeck (Phil Smith), Victoria Martin, Denise Fromme (Rick), and Wendi McDermott (Michael); grandchildren: Jillian Woodworth (Kevin), Juliea Steinbeck, Stone and Duke Fromme, Alithea, Andrick and Axton McDermott; great-grandchildren, Milo and Mayzie Woodworth; and dachshunds, Leah and Landon.

Visitation: Thursday, January 12th, 5pm to 7pm at West Center Chapel.

Funeral and Catholic Service: Friday, January 13th, 11:00am, at West Center Chapel. Luncheon to immediately follow.

Private inurnment at Resurrection Cemetery following luncheon. Memorials may be directed to Hearts United for Animals at


  • Therese May Posted January 3, 2023 6:19 pm

    Karen – My sincere condolences to you and all of your Family. I know Tom will be missed. Praying you all have the strength you need going forward.

  • William&Sandie Parrish Posted January 3, 2023 10:55 pm

    Thank you for your service. Mainly as a loving husband to my cousin. May you enjoy your presence with our Lord and Savior.. God Bless.

  • Denise Fromme Posted January 3, 2023 11:51 pm

    I love you, dad!
    I miss you, dad!
    I’m glad you’re at peace.
    Until we see you again. ✝️🙏💙
    You’ll always be in my heart.
    #3 (You’re favorite 😝🫣♥️)

  • Barbara Bird, Mahan Posted January 4, 2023 6:25 am

    Karen I’m so sorry to hear of Tom’s passing. May you and your family know he is at peace and watching oer you all. No more battling, only peace. Love you sis

  • Clark Collett Posted January 4, 2023 8:35 am

    Condolences for your loss. May all the memories keep Tom alive in your heats. From a fellow Ham operator, NAARX, a final 73’s.

  • Darla Dimmitt Posted January 4, 2023 10:00 am

    So sorry for your loss Denise to you and your family . Your dad was a good person and father . He is now in heaven and is at peace . Praying for your family during this difficult time . Sending love and hugs .

  • Amy Begley Masker Posted January 4, 2023 12:24 pm

    Karen and girls, I’m so sorry for your loss. Tom was a great friend to my Dad, Bill Begley.
    May the perpetual light shine upon him.

  • Mindy Begley Posted January 4, 2023 3:44 pm

    To the Martin family,
    Tom was such a wonderful friend to my Dad, Bill Begley. Dad had some of his best visits with Tom, the two of them reminiscing, telling stories and laughing at the memories. I have no doubt Heaven is a lot more boisterous these days.
    Thinking of all of you in your time of grief.
    Mindy Begley

  • Paul and Connie Kapioski Posted January 5, 2023 4:11 pm

    Karen and family,
    So sorry to hear of your loss. May God’s peace and love be with you at this time. Heaven has one more Angel to watch over all of you!

  • HAROLD FLEMMER Posted January 10, 2023 1:31 am

    Worked with TOM AT EAST Assembly with OPD. .MANY GOOD AND ROUGH TIMES .Sorry for your loss

  • Paula Timperley Posted January 14, 2023 9:50 am

    I worked with Tom at southeast precinct when I was just on the PD. I knew him for that wicked humor and skills he taught me those first years, and thank you Tom for an introduction that was special and spanned a lifetime 😀 rest well my friend

  • Susan Herbst-Murphy Posted January 15, 2023 6:05 am

    Karen, my sympathies are with you and your family in this sad loss. May you find comfort in your daughters and your memories.

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