On Saturday, September 11, 2021, Bryan Austin Martin of Sherrills Ford, NC passed away unexpectedly at age 25 in Marianna, Florida. Bryan was born on May 25, 1996 in Thousand Oaks, CA to Jim and Carol Martin. He graduated from Bandys High School in 2014 and earned a B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from North Carolina State University in 2018. Bryan was passionate about renewable energy, and he worked as an engineer and project coordinator for Black & Veatch designing and building solar farms. He excelled in his career and passed the Professional Engineer exam, with a goal of becoming a project manager. Bryan served as a volunteer firefighter during high school at Sherrills Ford Terrell Fire & Rescue, earning his Firefighter II certification. He was mechanically inclined, often working on projects with his Dad, and enjoyed travelling with friends, eating at new restaurants, scuba diving, and other outdoor activities. Bryan was a kind soul and a supportive friend, always willing to lend a helping hand or ear to those in need. Bryan is preceded in death by his paternal grandfather, Gary Martin. Bryan is survived by his parents, Jim and Carol Martin; brothers Gary (Loren) Martin and Kevin Martin; maternal grandparents Charles and Niwana Cohn; paternal grandmother Virginia Tomsitz; paternal step-grandmother Gaynor Hudson; and loving aunts, uncles, and cousins. Bryan is dearly loved by his family and friends and will always be in our thoughts. A celebration of Bryan's life will be held at a later date.
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