Michael Neilson Martin, 41, died Friday, Jan. 20, 2012, in Columbus, Ga.
Visitation will be held noon Monday, Jan. 23, 2012, at Welch Funeral Home in Starkville, followed by a graveside service at Odd Fellows Cemetery at 1:30 p.m.
A memorial service will be planned at his church in Auburn, Ala., at a later date.
Michael had been in poor health since he was injured in an accident on the construction site of the U.S. Embassy in Paris, France a few years ago. In the last few years he was living in the Auburn, Ala. area.
Michael is preceded in death by his mother and father, Adrian Neilson Martin and Margie Mae Martin of Starkville.
Michael is survived by one brother, Len Martin of Jackson, and Lenâ€™s wife, Sally Martin; one sister, Carrie Martin Roberts, and her husband, Steve Roberts of Weisbaden, Germany; nephew and niece, Lawrence Martin and Crosby Martin of Jackson; an aunt and uncle, Dr. and Mrs. William D. Bell of Macon, and an aunt and uncle, Mr. and Mrs. William C. Martin, Jr. of Aliceville, Ala.
Michael grew up in Starkville and was a graduate of Starkville High School. He had a bachelorâ€™s degree in electrical engineering from Auburn University and a degree in German from Auburn University where he graduated in 1993.
At Auburn, he was a member of Phi Gamma Delta social Fraternity, vice president of the Engineering Council and treasurer of the Auburn Spirit Club. He also studied German on a scholarship in Weingarten, Germany. After graduation from Auburn he was a site electrical engineer for the U.S. Department of State. Michael was assigned to the U.S. Embassy Projects in Baku, Azerbaijan, Kiev, Ukraine, and various projects in Washington, D. C., and was chief electrical engineer for the refurbishment of the U.S. Embassy in Paris, France at the time of his accident. He was scheduled to take the same position at the refurbishment of the U.S. Embassy in London after his work was completed in Paris.
Michael was an avid outdoorsman and especially enjoyed snow skiing and scuba diving. Even though his life was short he made a positive impact on all who knew him. He leaves behind many close and loyal friends and relatives who will miss him very much.
The family has requested that memorials be made to the Mississippi Kidney Foundation, 3000 Old Canton Rd., Suite 100, Jackson, Mississippi 39216 and First Presbyterian Church, 207 University Drive, Starkville, Mississippi 39759.