Tommy (Tom) Lee Martinson, 81, Auburn, succumbed to a long illness on 03/01/2023 after spending his last days at the Bethany House. He is survived by his wife Paula Martinson, daughter Laura (Martinson) Sylvester, and granddaughter Amanda (Sylvester) Horton. He was born an only child to Alfred and Mildred Martinson in Portland, Oregon in 1941 where he spent his childhood. He studied Geography at the University of Oregon, and received his PhD at the University of Kansas. Tom taught Geography at Ball State University in Indiana before coming to Auburn to live and teach at Auburn University, retiring in 2007. He loved to travel and took many trips across the US and to Latin America which was his passion professionally. Tom was a member of the Unitarian Universalist church in Auburn. He was the most kind, caring and supportive husband, father and grandfather, and will be dearly missed. Cremation will be at Jeffcoat-Trant Funeral Home in Opelika. No services will be held.