Bluffton inducts Jacob Martin into Wall of Honor

March 2, 2023

Jacob Martin, who has been a community leader for decades, was inducted into the Town of Bluffton’s Wall of Honor.

The event recognized Martin’s time as an educator and administrator.After living in the Midwest, Jacob and his wife, Ida, returned to Bluffton in 1979 where ministry to others was their way of life. Active in Campbell Chapel AME Church, their giving-spirit started in church and extended throughout the community.
Jacob’s public service career spans decades. He was a police officer in Detroit, Michigan and a police chief in Waukegan, Illinois.

Later, he taught government/economics at McCracken High School in Bluffton and retired as a district office administrator after 23 years of service. Martin also served as a municipal court judge for the Town of Bluffton from 1992-1995.

The Bluffton-Hilton Head Island Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration Committees honored him with a 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award for his public service career and his volunteer activities, including 28 years with Hilton Head Island’s Meals-on-Wheels program.

He also supported his wife Ida’s contributions. She founded Bluffton Self Help, Inc., and the Bluffton Community Soup Kitchen. She was named to the Wall of Honor in 2012.

The Town named its park on Boundary Street “The Martin Family Park,” in 2021.