Long­time doc­tor Joe Martin­dale dies

The Saline Courier - - 2019 IN REVIEW - By Sarah Perry [email protected]­ton­courier.com

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.

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