September 10, 1928 – June 26, 1989

The following are selected video clips from the Memorial Service in honor of Dr. Walter R Martin. The Memorial Service was held at Capistrano Valley Church in San Juan Capistrano, CA on June 29, 1989. By God’s grace, Dr. Martin had returned home the evening before his death on June 26, 1989, following his time with Dr. John Ankerberg in Dallas, TX.


Dr. Martin spent a great deal of time in the last few years of his life, earnestly seeking the Lord’s guidance and strength to help him find a man to assist him with the Leadership of CRI. It was of an utmost concern to Dr. Martin, that his eventual passing not also spell the end of CRI. He had seen this happen in other vital ministries. In his own words, “I do not believe the myth, of invulnerability or of immortality. I’ve seen too many Christian leaders think that they were never going to die and wait until the last minute before they got anybody to help them, and then they had chaos. I have not made that mistake.” Indeed, he did not. As these men who knew Dr. Martin best here testify, by God’s grace, Dr. Martin was able to settle this matter before his death. His great care in this matter was the single most significant reason that the transition of CRI following his death resulted in it’s growth, rather than its demise.

Dr. John Ankerberg was not only an associate of Dr. Martin, but a great personal friend as well. As can be expected, their many hours spent together ‘in the trenches’ fighting spiritual battles formed a strong bond between them. When Dr. Martin passed away unexpectedly, Dr. Ankerberg flew to California to help the family, assist the Board Members at CRI, and to lead the Memorial Service in Dr. Martin’s honor. Dr. Ankerberg’s comforting assistance will never be forgotten.

Everett Jacobson, a long time CRI Board Member, was a close personal friend of Dr. Martin as well. As his brother-in-law, they shared a great bond of trust and friendship that was unparalleled by any other. Their mutual respect was clearly evident in their interactions. When Everett heard of Dr. Martin’s passing, he too flew to California to help in any way he could. As a CRI Board Member, his presence and leadership was needed along with the other Board Members to help steer CRI through the difficult loss of its Founder. As a close family member, Everett’s help was also invaluable to Dr. Martin’s widow, Darlene and the rest of the family as well. Everett Jacobson was an honorable and godly man who served the Lord and CRI with utmost integrity until his own passing on June 27, 2007. The memory of Everett Jacobson will always be honored by those who knew him best.

Lowell Jones was another of Dr. Martin’s close personal friends. Lowell was the last person outside of the family to speak with Dr. Martin. As he reminisced about his times with Dr. Martin, he shared how he was struck by Dr. Martin’s patience and power when it came to sharing his faith and endeavoring to rescue someone caught up in a cult. Lowell’s kind words of tribute are greatly appreciated.

Lowell Jones remembers his close friend, Walter Martin.

Everett Jacobson shares memories of his brother-in-law, Walter Martin.

Dr. John Ankerberg introduces Hank Hanegraaff.

Dr. John Ankerberg’s closing comments and prayer.