Jonathan Martin

Jonathan Walter Martin, BA ’01, passed away suddenly August 20, 2022. He earned his degree in Studio Art from Baylor and met Sara King, B.S.Ed ’01, his wife of 16 years, in Waco at an Antioch life group. After briefly living in Southern California, Jonathan and Sara returned to Waco, where he was a teacher at Waco High, A.J. Moore and University High School. In 2008, Jonathan and Sara opened Black Oak Art, a ceramic pottery studio that has become both a local art icon and home to Waco creatives and aspiring artists. Jonathan was known for his creativity, and he loved to work with clients to make pottery that represented their vision and brand. His handmade mug, which started Black Oak, was sold first to Common Grounds and is now a sought-after piece for many businesses near and far. In 2017, Jonathan and Sara opened Gather, a downtown boutique that features Black Oak pottery and home goods. A memorial service was held August 25, 2022, at Waco’s Columbus Avenue Baptist Church. During Jonathan’s service, which was well-attended, friends and family spoke at length about his kindness, thoughtfulness and sense of humor. Jonathan held a deep faith in Christ and was known to others as a kind, generous friend. He loved attending Baylor football games, and his closest friends were ones he met at Baylor. Among his survivors are his wife Sara, his son, Jack Martin, daughter, Claire Martin, and son, Carter Martin, as well as many friends and family that will miss him dearly. Memorials can be made to Antioch Ministries International, Bible Project and Jesus Said Love.