US Air Force

Martin Lee Reynolds

July 22, 1961 ~ August 16, 2022 (age 61)

Obituary

Martin Lee Reynolds, 61, a United States Air Force veteran, passed away on August 16, 2022.

The son of George and Florence “Mac” Reynolds, Martin grew up in San Francisco, California. He is preceded in death by his parents. He was the beloved husband to his wife of 18 years, Alice Michelle Reynolds, who died of cancer earlier this year. Martin and Michelle called Woodland Park and Colorado Springs their home for 20 years.

Martin is survived by his cousin Pat Hawkins, his in-laws Jeff Trevino and Kerry Whitehead, Joe and Julie Trevino, nephews and nieces Jake and Laurel Trevino, Marcie and Philip Ripper, Ashley and David Murillo, John Trevino, and grandnephews and grandniece Lincoln and Austen Ripper, Woody and Dillon Murillo. His loved ones will remember his dry humor, the driest. He was especially good at telling bad jokes – good, clean, well-told tales that always finished with a zinger that you didn’t see coming. He made a habit of telling you a joke every time he met you.

Martin is a veteran of the United States Air Force. He retired honorably after 21 years of active-duty service, achieving the rank of Master Sergeant (E-7). After his retirement in 2007, he continued his vow to serve the country as the Weapons Safety Division Chief for the United States Air Force (currently the United States Space Force). Over a combined thirty-six-year military career, his achievements and contributions to national defense are no less than astonishing. His extensive technical knowledge, attention to detail, and relentless pursuit of excellence culminated in Martin being revered as the top subject matter expert in his field. His major awards and decorations include the Air Force Commendation Medal (+4 devices), Air Force Achievement Medal, Air Force Outstanding Unit Award, Air Force Organizational Excellence Award (+1 device), Air Force Good Conduct Medal (+6 devices), National Defense Service Medal (+1 device), Southwest Asia Service Medal (+1 device), and the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal.

Martin’s experience in the Air Force played a very important role in his life. He frequently pointed out that the Air Force taught him the value of discipline, teamwork, and investing in a cause larger than himself. He felt these values were at the core of the success of the Department of Defense and greatly contributed to his own professional success.

Martin played guitar. In his teens and early twenties, he was in a rock band called Jacaranda. A student of his craft, he admired a great touch on a guitar and was a true fan to the rockers he loved the most, always planning and looking forward to seeing them live. What he loved even more was having a passion for music in common with Michelle. When Michelle called Martin her rock star, sharing posters and pics of his heartthrob jam band days as proof, Martin corrected the score to say, “Never made it to the ‘star' status…I was closer to a rock than a rock star.” And he was. He was her rock.

His final resting place will be at Pikes Peak National Cemetery in Colorado Springs next to Michelle who, in his words, made him “the happiest man on earth.”

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