7651 S. Jeffery Blvd.
Chicago, IL 60649


Fax: 773.721.9106

Mr. Clyde Martin, Sr.

Born Into Time: September 28, 1936
Born Into Eternity: November 21, 2017

Award-winning regional manager for Jay’s Potato Chips Clyde Martin never ate snack foods until he moved to Chicago in 1955. Born on September 28, 1936, on land his father owned in Bolivar County, Mississippi, Martin attended school at the White Star Missionary Baptist Church and later graduated from Cleveland (Mississippi) Colored Consolidated High School (CCCHS) in 1955. An honor student and an activist, young Martin led a student strike for a more relevant curriculum. Later, he refused to cooperate with an agreement his principal made with the state of Mississippi to impress the federal government, under which the school was to receive new school buses, and then exchange them with the white school in Cleveland, for their old ones.

In 1956, Martin was working in Chicago when he found out about a job at Jay’s Potato Chips. Hired as the first black route salesman, he determined that he could sell more Jay’s by distributing more of the smaller five cent bags. Martin was right and he more than doubled his sales. Consistently the top salesman during the 1960s and 1970s, he made assistant regional sales manager in 1967 and was the first African American to rise to regional sales manager in 1973. Martin fought racism and personally made sure that Jay’s hired other African Americans as drivers and salesmen.

Martin became an inspector for the Internal Affairs Division of the Cook County, Illinois, Sheriff’s Department in 1978. A behind-the-scenes activist in Chicago politics and civic life.

Mr. Clyde Martin, Sr. made his transition Tuesday, November 21, 2017. Mr. Martin leaves his loving children along with a host of relatives, friends and his Cage Memorial Chapel family to cherish his memory.

In leiu of flowers memorials to: Alzheimer Association.

Public Viewing:

Friday, December 01, 2017
12:00PM - 5:00PM
Chatham Avalon Church of Christ
8601 S. State Street
Chicago, IL 60619

Service Information:

Friday, December 01, 2017
Visitation / Family Hour:
5:00 PM
Service Time:
6:00 PM
Chatham Avalon Church of Christ
8601 S. State Street
Chicago, IL 60619




#17 Cheryl Bullock.0 2017-12-12 21:44
Mr. Martin,
So sorry to have just found out about the passing of your father. As like father, like son, rings true, then Mr. Martin, Sr. was a great man. I will remember you in my prayers.
Cheryl Bullock
#16 Clyde Martin, Jr. 2017-12-06 08:24

I miss you tremendously. I am thankful for the things you taught me and although my heart is heavy right now I know you are in a better place.

Your Son
#15 Delawrence Dillard 2017-12-02 13:40
To Clyde Martin:
I would like to thank you for taking a chance on me as a employee. Should have told you this while you living. You're awesome and was very well respected by me. Live you and really gonna miss you. You're in going hands now. R.I.P. and I'll see you up there with the stars in due time!!!

Delawrence Dillard (Tricky)
#14 ks 2017-11-30 19:57
While words fail to capture the pain of losing a loved one, we look forward to the time when words will fail to capture the joy of having our heavenly Father return your dear one to you.”

John 5:28, 29  Do not be amazed at this, for the hour is coming in which all those in the memorial tombs will hear his voice+ 29  and come out
Please accept our condolences
#13 Rose Taylor Davis 2017-11-30 01:34
My condolences to the Martin family.
My prayers are with you during this difficult time.
#12 Tony Ellis 2017-11-29 23:31
My sincerest sympathies to the Martin Family. Thank you, Clyde for everything you did for me and many others. You are the definition of a Good Man.
#11 Bj 2017-11-29 23:01
My sympathies to all those whose lives were touch by Clyde. Those who has passed on are in God's memory because they are precious in God's eyes. Psalms 116:115.
#10 Robert H0pson 2017-11-28 17:07
He was a great guy.rest in peace.
#9 Michelle Nolan 2017-11-28 16:06
My Condolences to the Martin Family. Mr. Martin was kind, sincere and highly respected. I had the pleasure of working with him for numerous years and his knowledge and passion for the betterment of the City and the Community made a huge impact on me. Rest in Peace Mr. Martin. Job well done.
#8 Cynthia Parker-Ferguson 2017-11-27 13:31
My condolence to the Martin Family. I remember meeting Mr. Martin, he was a funny man and made you feel comfortable when talking to him.
My prayers are with you.

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