December 20, 1923 - April 12, 2017
Brooklyn Heights, Ohio | Age 93
Clarke Foote Martin, age 93, lifelong resident of Brooklyn Heights, died Wednesday, April 12, 2017. Beloved husband of 70 years to Virginia Mabel Cornell Martin, father of Kenneth Clarke Martin, Millicent Louise "Penny" Martin-Shultz, Russell Gene Martin, Wallis Leslie Martin and Susann Jean Martin Aldrich. Grandfather of 10 (Kathleen, Elizabeth, Russell and Fredrick Martin-Shultz; James, Andrew and Virginia Anne Martin; Christina, Ryan and Chelsea Aldrich) and great-grandfather of 4. Born December 20, 1923 in Cleveland, Ohio, he was the son of Wallis Eldon Martin and Millie Osmon Foote Martin. He was a radio operator for the US Merchant Marine during World War II, then joined his father as owner/operator of Martin Greenhouse, a four-acre greenhouse which he ran successfully growing tomatoes and cucumbers for 48 years. Clarke was a member of the Board of Trustees at Parma Hospital for 20 years, serving as President of the Board during the hospital's expansion. He also served on the boards of Cleveland Growers, Cleveland Vegetable Packing Company and Heidelberg Beach Association. Lifelong member of Pearl Road United Methodist Church. Clarke was devoted to his family and while he lived his whole life in Brooklyn Heights, he loved to travel and toured across North America and around the world, from Europe to South America, Alaska and Hawaii.
Memorials may be forwarded to Pearl Road United Methodist Church (address below). Funeral service will be 10AM Saturday, April 22 at Pearl Road United Methodist Church, 4200 Pearl Road, Cleveland OH 44109. Interment at Crown Hill Cemetery. IN HIS MEMORY, FAMILY AND FRIENDS WILL GATHER AT 9-10AM SATURDAY AT THE CHURCH, and on FRIDAY, APRIL 21 at the BUSCH FUNERAL HOME, 4334 PEARL RD, CLEVELAND FROM 4-8PM.