By Howard Altman Tribune Staff
Published: December 2, 2015
Timothy Martin, 37, had gone to the SoHo Backyard, at 610 Armenia Ave., where Jeffrey Glenn, 33, an acquaintance and co-owner of the business, was working, police saidTAMPA — At the kitchen table of their brother’s South Tampa apartment, Nate and Hannah Fager smiled through pain as they shared their memories of him — Timothy Isaac Martin, a former Navy SEAL, military contractor, champion athlete, class clown and doting dad.
The siblings, along with their mother and other family members, came to Tampa when they heard the news that Martin was shot early Sunday morning at a South Tampa restaurant and bar, SoHo Backyard.
He died the next day at 37, his organs harvested so others might live.
“He was a good man,” said Hannah Fager, 33, sitting with her siblings among photos of Martin and his 4-year-old son Rocco. “He was a man of integrity.”
The Fager siblings, part of a blended bunch of 13 children, some adopted, recalled growing up so poor that they relied on donated food and Christmas gifts from strangers. They moved a lot before settling down in a small town in Wisconsin.
They recalled how Martin, a man of many passions, spent nearly four years studying to become a priest, only to join the Navy and become a SEAL. And how he left the SEALs in 2007, in part because he could not kill. And how Martin spent time overseas as a contractor, earning the kind of money he never knew growing up, and sharing as much as he could with those he loved.
They also remembered how Martin was proud, but not boastful, at serving as an advisor and making an appearance in the films, “Green Zone,” and “Zero Dark Thirty.”
But they also shared their frustration, eager to learn more about how and why their brother, unarmed, was shot by Jeffrey Glenn, the bar’s co-owner. Police say the two men were fighting when Glenn went to grab his gun.
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