Evanston Cowboy Days recently named Aaron Martin as grand marshal for the 2021 Evanston Cowboy Days. Martin was born in Evanston in 1943 and was raised on Hilliard Flat. His parents were John and Dorothy Martin. He was the youngest of five children.
Living the cowboy way of life has always been a passion, Martin said. From the time he was a young boy he dreamed of being a cowboy and rancher.
Life on the flat was tough and included a lot of hard work, but the Martin family looked forward to the weekend fun that Evanston Cowboy Days and the city’s celebration brought each year, which includes dances, rodeo parades and socializing with friends.
They returned to the ranch with big dreams and a few new heroes. One of Martin’s favorites was the great all-around cowboy Jack Hickey, though he said trying some of those new skills often got him in trouble.
Martin has a keen eye and love for a good horse — he is always looking for the “perfect ride.”
Aaron Martin and his wife, Nancy Martin, have passed down the Cowboy Days tradition to all eight of their children.
Cowboy Days President Dustin Matthews said Aaron Martin’s love of God, family, hard work, horses, and the western lifestyle have been defining. “It’s a great honor for him to be the Evanston Cowboy Days Grand Marshal,” Matthews said.