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Martin Joseph Estes

October 8, 1981 ~ April 3, 2021 (age 39)

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Martin J. Estes, 39, of Bristol, passed away Saturday, April 3, 2021 at 5:14 pm following a traffic accident near Bristol.  He was born in Elkhart on October 8, 1981 to the late Timothy J. “Tim” Estes and Cindy L (Tobias) Estes Harker.

Surviving Martin is his son Maxwell J. Estes of Elkhart; his brother Michael E. Estes of Goshen; his grandmother Carolyn A. Estes of Bristol and many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

In accordance with the family’s wishes, there will be a private graveside service on Monday, April 12, 2021 at 10:00 am at Oakridge Cemetery in Bristol. A memorial service will then follow the burial at 2:00 at Grace Baptist Church, 53980 County Road 17, Bristol. Pastor Mike Quirey will officiate both services and Billings Funeral Home and Cremation Services are assisting the family with arrangements.

Martin was a hard worker and worked in industry. He liked his job at Thermo Bond where he worked in shipping and receiving.

Martin lived in the Elkhart and Bristol area and attended Pierre Moran Middle School where he was on the wrestling team and in the choir. He went on to graduate from Elkhart Central High School in 2001, where he was in “Shades of Blue”.  He liked acting and was in several stage productions including  The Sound of Music, (in which he played the role of “Max Detweiler”), Camelot, and Bye Bye Birdie at the Bristol Opera House. He loved singing and playing his guitar.

He attended Grace Baptist Church growing up and was active in the youth group. As an adult, his family attended North Side Baptist Church and he played softball on the church’s team.

As a boy, he played Little League baseball at Osolo Little League. As an adult, he coached his son’s team.  

Martin liked sports and was a big Michigan Wolverines fan. He and his son, Max would always cheer them on.  His favorite Baseball Team was the Atlanta Braves, and he was a big Chipper Jones and John Smoltz fan as well.

He liked doing many other outdoor things, especially with Max, including hiking at Bonneyville Mill and other local parks, riding their bikes, going fishing and playing games together.

His greatest accomplishment was his son Maxwell, whom he loved with all his heart.



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