Joseph Bradford "Brad" Martin

joseph martin

August 8, 1963 ~ September 22, 2022

Born in: Atlanta, Georgia
Resided in: Dacula, Georgia

Brad passed away Thursday September 22, 2022. He was born and lived his whole life in Georgia. Brad was a 1981 graduate of Clarkston high school and graduate of Georgia State University. He married his best friend Terasa Daurer in 1988. Brad taught 26 years at Dacula Middle School until he retired in 2016. His passion for teaching and love of nature continued as he went to work as a naturalist at Elachee Nature Center in Gainesville, Ga. Brad loved educating others and being outdoors in nature, but especially loved his family. His wife Terasa, son Caleb, daughter Erin and his dogs were his whole world.

Brad was the best father, husband, brother, son, uncle, cousin, teacher, soccer coach, nature lover, combat sports practitioner, philosopher, dog expert, brewery enthusiast, fitness guru, literary genius, and all-around great man. Brad was the type of man to give you the flannel shirt off of his back. Brad will be forever missed by his family and especially his dog Ringo.

A celebration of life visitation and service will be held Monday, October 3, 2022 at Wages and Sons Funeral Home in Lawrenceville, Georgia beginning at 12pm.

In lieu of flowers the family has asked that a donation be made in Brad’s name to your local or favorite park.


Visitation: October 3, 2022 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Wages & Sons Gwinnett Chapel
1031 Lawrenceville Hwy.
Lawrenceville, GA 30046


Celebration of Life: October 3, 2022 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Wages & Sons Gwinnett Chapel
1031 Lawrenceville Hwy.
Lawrenceville, GA 30046


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  1. CandleImageI was so sorry to hear of Brad’s passing . I taught with Brad for over 20 years at Dacula Middle . He was a kind person, always willing to help ! He was a great listener and you always felt better after talking with him . He loved his family very much ! Hold on to all the great memories.❤️

  2. CandleImageSo Sorry to hear this. I loved teaching with Brad’s team at Dacula Middle for so many years. He was good for laughing or venting to, always ready to help with anything you needed. We had alot of laughs. He will be missed in our world. Hugs to Terasa, Caleb and Erin. You all were his world!

  3. CandleImageI’m so sorry for your loss. Brad will truly be missed by many. I didn’t know Brad well but I do remember he always had a smile on his face. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Much love to all.

  4. CandleImageThis is completely heart breaking. Brad was my team teacher my first year teaching at Dacula. He taught SS and I taught Math. He was a great mentor even though technology was not his thing. I’ll never forget the flip phone. I loved working beside him and loved hearing his stories about the family. He LOVED his family! He just knew that Caleb was going to be an American Ninja Warrior. You all are in my thoughts and prayers, especially Ringo!

  5. Brad was one of a kind. So kind and always smiling. I worked with him for many years at Dacula Middle and his classroom was right across the hallway from my office. A bright and shining light in this world. Prayers for the entire family.

  6. Terasa,

    Words cannot express how very sorry I am to hear of Brad’s passing. Please know you and the children are in my prayers.

  7. I am so sorry about losing Brad. We had so many hall conversations at DMS. He always had such integrity and care for what he did. Anyone who lifts rocks for fitness is amazing in my book. He was so talented in so many ways. The world has lost an amazing person. My thoughts are with you and your family. He was always so proud of his family.

  8. I’m saddened to hear about Brad’s passing. I was a classmate of Brad’s as well soccer team mate. The last time I saw Brad was years ago when our path’s crossed at GSU, but I have enjoyed keeping up with his activities on Facebook and from those posts I can tell he enjoyed life, was active and adventurous, but most importantly loved his family and friends. I share your grief and want you to know that you and you’re family will be in my prayers.

  9. I was honored to have Brad as my first co-teacher when I started at DMS in 2014. I am humbled to have worked with him and consider him a friend. I remember him fondly for telling stories of Caleb and Erin to our students. As we know Brad wasn’t much of a technology guru so I was very excited when he showed up one day with a “smart phone” so Terasa could send him send text messages. He lived for his family and he beloved wife, Terasa. The Guzzardo’s remember Brad not only in the classroom but also on the the soccer field at Dacula High School. Terasa, Caleb and Erin, I am deeply saddened by Brad’s passing.

    We’re raising a glass in his honor.

  10. CandleImageThe Norton Family is devastated by the loss of this wonderful man! We love the Martins and are praying God’s peace over you all!

  11. CandleImageOur families have been friends as long as I can remember and I played soccer with his wife Terasa when we were in highschool. I have been thinking about all of you since I found out last week. There are just no words but I send love and prayers to you a.

  12. God rest your soul, Brad. I remember playing soccer and football with you and your brother Tim amd my brother Robert behind the Schier’s house on Kenridge Circle. You were a great neighbor and friend. So stunned you have left us so young. God rest your soul.

  13. Terasa, our prayers are with you as you grieve Brad’s passing. May you feel God’s comfort wrapping all the way around you.
    Brad was my teammate for years (6? 8?) at Dacula Middle. The students loved him and so did his teammates. We shared many laughs on many days.
    What a special man! One of a kind! It’s such a devastating loss that he has left us, way too early!

  14. CandleImageBrad was a enormous part of our family. Over the past 20 years, we have celebrated birthdays, New Years, Christmas, soccer victories, graduations, marriages, and Saturday night dinners together. We are heartbroken at the loss of our close friend. To say he was an amazing man, husband, father, and friend is a gross understatement. He was taken way too soon. We love you Brad and will miss you tremendously.

  15. Terasa, Caleb, and Erin –
    I wish you comfort in many wonderful memories. Brad may not have lived for as many years as you had planned, but he lived well and fully. My thoughts and prayers are with your family.

  16. CandleImageTerasa, Caleb, Erin, and family,
    My deepest condolences on Brad’s passing. My prayers are with you. Brad’s strength of character and passions will always be with you, and I hope you can draw strength from that on the days and moments sorrow unexpectedly hits. He was a great man and a great friend.

  17. It was an honor working with Brad over the past five years. He loved nature, teaching, and talking to people and sharing his thoughts. He always had a fun story to share about his weekend or the night before. His wife and kids were the world to him. He was open-minded, hard-working, helpful, kind, and full of life. I hope I can grow to be even just a little bit more like him throughout my life. I enjoyed seeing him and talking to him every week, and I will miss seeing him terribly. His service was beautiful – there were so many people there who he had made an impact on in life. He was taken too soon and there are no words to describe the sadness of the hole he leaves behind.

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