MARTIN JR., ERNEST 'GENE' Ernest 'Gene' Martin Jr. made his way home to our Lord on January 19th, 2017. He grew up in Thonotosassa, FL and lived his whole life in his beloved state of Florida. He had a passion for this great country and all those who served our military. Gene was a devoted father to Emily and Andrew Martin and a loving husband of 24 years to his wife Suzanne. He was born to Jeannette and Ernest Martin on March 17th, 1970 joining his siblings Jenny (husband Tom), Sherry (husband Jim), and Michael Martin. The family grew with a multitude of nieces and nephews and now their children. All present here on earth are awaiting the day they see him again in the presence of our Lord. A celebration of life will be held on March 17th, 2017 at Anastasia State Park in St. Augustine at 1 P.M. All are welcome to attend. Arrangements are under the care of Forest Meadows Funeral Home, Gainesville, FL.