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William "Bill" Warren Martz

William "Bill" Warren Martz
  • March 15, 1940 - February 28, 2014
  • Rochester, Illinois
  • WUIS Public Radio c/o University of Illinois Foundation
    One University Plaza, MS PAC 591
    Springfield, IL 62703-5407

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I was so sorry to read of Bill's passing. I knew him as a colleague at Sangamon State and when he was president of the Christian County Mental Health Board and I was a consultant to the clinic. I his sense of humor and good nature. My sympathy to his family.


Posted by: Richard Dimond - IL   Mar 16, 2014

Happy Birthday, Dad.


Posted by: Heidi - Buford, GA - daughter   Mar 15, 2014

I was sorry to read of Dr. Martz's passing. He was my biochemistry professor at SSU. He was a good teacher, and a good person. I had a family emergency in the middle of a finalhe took the call, delivered the news, and he was great. A few days later he followed up to make sure all was going ok. I've never forgotten his kindness. Sincere condolences to the family.


Posted by: Kathy McClain - Springfield, IL - former student   Mar 12, 2014

In the middle of my sophomore year in high school we moved and I enrolled in Bremen H.S. I was overwhelmed, then Bill Martz walked up to me and changed my life. Bill made me fell at home, showed me the ropes, and introduced me to Dennis Jay, Luke Smith,and Erland Person, They were the four horsemen, Bill made it four horseman plus one. We have lost a truly good man !

Phil and Sara Iverson


Posted by: Phillip Iverson - Manteno, IL - Friend   Mar 07, 2014

I met Bill in 1952 when my family moved to Midlothian from Chicago. It was a short meeting and soon our mutual friend came over and asked if I ever played basketball. From that time and through them I got to meet several boys who all became the best of friends. So often in life we forget to say those three words, especially to other guys. I heard that in a movie or somewhere's. The last time I talked to

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Posted by: Dennis (Jaye) Jabczynski - Sunset, UT - Friend   Mar 06, 2014

Brave and pragmatic. That is how we would describe our dear old friend Bill Martz. He marched to his own drummer and grabbed life with both hands. What a guy. We honor his fortitude in the face of his diagnosis and only hope that we could be as brave as this man was. We will treasure the memories of the happy/crazy days we spent together. Sharron - out thoughts are with you as you traverse this difficult time and know

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Posted by: Marygael Cullen and Jim Veselenak - Rochester, IL - Old friends   Mar 06, 2014

I had the distinct honor of having Professor Martz for my very first online course at UIS. His enthusiasm for course content in environmental public health was simply infectious to all around him. Knowledgeable, fair, and thorough, Bill earned my respect from the initial interaction. As others in this memory book have already stated, Bill was a good man and I know unequivocally that Sharron worked so hard to care for him in his time of need. That is the

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Posted by: Jason Scott - Louisville, KY - Student   Mar 06, 2014

What a shock to learn that Bill died, just by perusing the SJ-R online. Sharron, I am so sorry about this terrible news. You two were a great duo. I know that you took good care of him during his illness. Dave and I send our deepest condolences and will always remember him fondly and our visits to your Solstice parties at your house with warm memories. Take care and stay strong.


Posted by: Valeri DeCastris - Rockford, IL - Friend   Mar 06, 2014

First thing I remember about Bill when I joined the faculty at Sangamon was to repair his carborator on his VW bus. A lot of water under the bridge while I was in the Biology Dept at Sangamon.


Posted by: David West - Canyon Country, CA - Faculty with Bill 1978 - 1986   Mar 05, 2014

Bill was one of the first people I met when I went to work for Sangamon State University in 1975. His sense of humor, his love of the outdoors and his great love of life was both inspiring and contagious. When he told me about his diagnosis, he indicated he was going to meet the illness with the same straightforwardness and rationality that characterized his life before the news. My thoughts are with his family, especially Sharron, his love and his soulmate. I know they will miss him, as will all of his friends and colleagues.


Posted by: P.J. Burtle-McCredie - Auburn, IL - Friend   Mar 05, 2014