MuskogeePhoenix.com, Muskogee, OK

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November 4, 2012

Road designer on new path

Civil engineer turns to volunteering at school

(Continued)

— Different

kinds of work

Martin began phasing out her job at the engineering firm in 2010, when payments were finished on the family home. She now works on-call.

“Having the house paid off gives you flexibility,” she said.

She wanted to spend more time with her children, and she now volunteers at Sadler Arts Academy, which her three sons attend. The volunteering keeps her busier than ever, mostly working on the sets for Sadler productions. She drew the cartoon conductor and the “Bill” for the set of “School House Rock Live! Jr.” She painted trees on the moody backdrops for Sadler’s “Nutcracker.”

“Schools can keep you busy if they find out you have time,” Martin said.

Her latest project involved making the area around Sadler and Elliot Park scary for last month’s Monster Dash. The Dash involved two trail runs, complete with obstacles and “zombies” chasing the participants.

“My job turned out to be monster makeup,” Martin said. “I made scabs out of tissue paper, food coloring and Knox gelatin.”

Her service to the school is motivated by her outlook on life.

“One of my personal theories of life is that in a life of service, there is always work to be done,” she said.

Q&A

How did you come to be an Okie from Muskogee?

“It happened to me. I was born here. My father moved here when he was in construction. When I came back after college, I wanted to be near my family. I wouldn’t have stayed here if it wasn’t a good place to live.”

WHAT DO YOU LIKE BEST ABOUT MUSKOGEE?

“Small town atmosphere. When I go visit my father, I can go out into the woods and hills easily. You have all you need in Muskogee. Its proximity to Tulsa is a good thing.”

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