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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...Read More »
1 of 12 | Posted by: Richard Dimond - IL

“Happy Birthday, Dad. ”
2 of 12 | Posted by: Heidi - Buford, GA - daughter

“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...Read More »
3 of 12 | Posted by: Kathy McClain - Springfield, IL

“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...Read More »
4 of 12 | Posted by: Phillip Iverson - Manteno, IL

“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...Read More »
5 of 12 | Posted by: Dennis (Jaye) Jabczynski - Sunset, UT

“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. ...Read More »
6 of 12 | Posted by: Marygael Cullen and Jim Veselenak - IL

“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...Read More »
7 of 12 | Posted by: Jason Scott - Louisville, KY

“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. ...Read More »
8 of 12 | Posted by: Valeri DeCastris - Rockford, IL

“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...Read More »
9 of 12 | Posted by: David West - Canyon Country, CA

“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...Read More »
10 of 12 | Posted by: P.J. Burtle-McCredie - Auburn, IL

“We always enjoyed the time we spent with Bill while we were neighbors. He and his family are in our prayers. ”
11 of 12 | Posted by: Leigh and Mike Hanselman - IL

“I had the pleasure of having Prof. Martz for one class at SSU in mid '80's. He was a good instructor and was very receptive to student questions,...Read More »
12 of 12 | Posted by: Sherri Boner - Athens, IL


William "Bill" Warren Martz, 73, of Rochester, passed away at his home Friday evening the 28th of February 2014 two weeks before his 74th birthday.

Bill was born on March 15, 1940 in Chicago, the son of William and Dorothy Dawson Martz. He was raised on Chicago's South Shore and later moved to Midlothian, IL. He married Sharron E. LaFollette on January 1, 1983 in Oregon in the mountains during a snow storm.

Bill graduated Bremen High School in 1958. He attended Southern Illinois University and received his BA in Chemistry from Northwestern and his MS and PhD in Biochemistry from Loyola Chicago.

He joined the faculty of Sangamon State University (now University of Illinois Springfield) in 1972 where he taught biochemistry until his retirement in 2000. Bill served on the Faculty Senate and served as Speaker of the University Assembly. He was one of the first faculty to deliver online education at UIS. He served on the Christian County Mental Health Board.

Bill enjoyed the outdoors immensely, backpacking, camping and canoeing, as well as, exploring the Caribbean and raising a multitude of pets.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

He is survived by his wife, Sharron LaFollette of Rochester; two daughters, Jan Martz of Boulder Creek, CA and Heidi (husband, Jim) Holt of Buford, GA; four grandchildren, Thomas and Rebecca Koshi of Boulder Creek, CA, Andrew and Austin Holt of Buford, GA; and two siblings, John Martz of Oak Park and Sandy (husband, Bill) VanBabar of Crown Point, IN and a number of nieces and nephews.

Cremation was accorded by Lincoln Land Cremation Society.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to WUIS Public Radio c/o University of Illinois Foundation, One University Plaza, MS PAC 591, Springfield, IL 62703-5407 for support of students interested in reporting on environmental public health issues.