Martin DePorres Heartzock Lewis, 76, transitioned peacefully to his final resting place on May 4, 2023, in Orlando, FL. God blessed Masue Nix Heartzock and Paul Heartzock with the gift of Martin on August 15, 1946. Later he was blessed with a stepfather, Willie Lewis.
A devout Catholic, Martin was baptized at an early age and raised in the faith. He was a lifelong member of St. Joseph Catholic Church. He was very diligent in serving his church through various ministries. He was a member of the first Parish Council and was a current Council member at the time of his demise. Being a historian, he was the expert on the history of St. Joseph Church and Cemetery. Every Sunday you could count on Martin being on the altar serving as acolyte. He was responsible for training all the altar servers, a duty he graciously accepted with honor.
Martin attended St. Joseph Catholic High School, where he graduated with the class of 1965. He continued his education at Florida A & M University and graduated in 1969 with a Bachelor’s degree in History. He also obtained a Master’s degree in History from the University of West Florida in 1974. He put his extensive education to use by teaching History for the Escambia County School District at Warrington Middle and Brown Barge Magnet Schools until retirement.
Martin was active with several organizations including Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Krewe of African Kings (KAK) and the Knights of Peter Claver (KPC) Council 223. He became an Omega man in 1976 and was still active in the Beta Omicron Chapter. A founding member of the KAK, he always looked forward to the parades and balls. He was a charter member, first Grand Knight and Junior Counselor for KPC.
Memories will forever be cherished by all the lives he touched. He will be deeply missed by the Nix, Palmer and Lewis families, devoted godson, Anthony Maxey (who was like a son), and many friends. He lives on through the knowledge he passed on to others.
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