Born: January 29, 1907, Lake City, Minnesota.
Died: March 28, 1976, Cambridge, England.
Buried: Cambridge City Crematorium, Girton, Cambridgeshire, England.
Martin was the son of William Franzmann and Else Griebling.
He was educated at Northwestern College, Watertown, Wisconsin (BA 1928), and Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary, Thiensville, Wisconsin.
He taught at Northwestern College (1936–46) and Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, Missouri (1946). In 1954, he became chair of Concordia’s department of exegetical theology.
In 1958, he received a Doctor of Divinity degree from Concordia Seminary, Springfield, Illinois. He also did graduate work at the University of Chicago, and visited Greece on a Daniel L. Shorey Traveling Fellowship.
In October 1969, he was ordained at Westfield House, Cambridge, England, and was a tutor in the theological training program there (1969–72).