Longtime doctor Joe Martindale dies
When Dr. Joe Martindale Sr., 88, died Dec. 11, he was remembered for serving Saline County residents for more than six decades.
Martindale was born May 25, 1931, in Emmett, Arkansas, and earned his medical degree in
1957 from the Arkansas School of Medicine. He met the love of his life, Betty, while attending Hope High School. They enjoyed 60 wonderful years together.
In the late 1950s, Martindale served in the U.S. Army for two years.
Martindale, who cared for Saline County residents since 1958, said becoming a doctor was his dream.
“That was fulfillment of my lifetime dream. I had never considered being anything other than a doctor,” according to a piece he wrote about a month before his death.
Watching “Dr. Joe” at work, many in his family decided to also pursue careers in the medical field.
Mark joined his father’s practice in 1991 and his granddaughter, Ashley, a physician’s assistant, followed suit in 2016.
His other son, Dr. Joe Martindale Jr., a psychiatrist, practices in Boulder, Colorado, and daughter, Suzanne Marie Martindale, is a nurse practitioner in Springfield, Missouri.
Heather Taylor, another granddaughter, is a pharmacist; Christopher Martindale, his grandson, is a doctor in residency, and Alex Taylor, another granddaughter, is in college pursing a career in the medical field.
Along with working at his practice, Saline Med-peds in Benton, Martindale also spent time working at the Saline Memorial Hospice House in Bryant.
He also had a passion for helping people recovering from substance abuse. He lead 12-step recovery programs and helped to start the Wolfe Street Foundation and the Arkansas Medical Foundation.