Clarence Bernard Martin came to Western Kentucky University from Alexander City, Ala. in 1982, and over the course of his basketball career on the Hill he became one of the most popular and beloved athletes in Hilltopper history.
Martin's style of play on the court and his demeanor off the court epitomized that of all true champions. On the court, Clarence was the enforcer and the protector who played with heart, determination, power, a touch of nastiness, and a never-say-die attitude. Off the court, Clarence was a very down-to-earth, gentle, friendly, and intelligent individual who represented the true definition of a Hilltopper.
On March 10, 2005 Clarence's life was tragically cut short as he died in his sleep from a massive heart attack at his home in Marietta, Ga. Clarence was just 41 years of age. He left behind a wife, two young daughters and a son. He also left behind friends and admirers too numerous to count and he will be missed greatly by all.
In order to help honor the memory of the Big "C" a Memorial Scholarship Fund has been established in Clarence's name at WKU's College Heights Foundation. Please join with other Hilltopper fans everywhere and help preserve the memory of this Western legend by making a donation to this worhty cause. C, you will be missed but never forgotten.....
Contact information for the CHF is listed below.
College Heights Foundation
1 Big Red Way, Bowling Green, Ky. 42101
Make checks payable to the College Heights Foundation, designated for the Clarence Martin Memorial Scholarship Fund.
About the College Heights Foundation
The College Heights Foundation of Western Kentucky Unviersity was chartered in 1923 and each year since that time has used money given to it by friends and supporters to aid worthy and needy students to remain in college.
The Foundation is operated under a Board of Directors, serving without remuneration. The major areas of student aid consist of emergency loans and scholarship awards. All gifts to the Foundation's Memorial Fund are set aside to be held in perpetuity, with all earnings to be used in the student-aid program.
All gifts to the Foundation are tax-deductible. The College Heights Foundation is indebted to those whose financial contributions make this important aid program possible.