August 12, 2012 11:48 AM

Update: Former Columbus Mayor Frank Martin dies at 73

In 1990, as Columbus was struggling with aging infrastructure and a community-wide inferiority complex, business and civic leaders were looking for a new direction — and a different kind of mayor. To replace James Jernigan, they turned to Frank K. Martin, a former Columbus High football center and successful criminal defense attorney whom people called Butch. "He was a lot of different things to a lot of different people," John Martin said. "To his family, he was dad. To the community, he was lawyer Martin, a successful attorney. To another segment of the community, he was Mayor Martin, a man who accomplished a great deal with the help of many others. He was multi-talented and this community knew him on a lot of levels."

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