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Mr. Dick Martin

Obituary for Mr. Dick Martin

February 17, 1931 - November 3, 2020
Olmsted Township, Ohio | Age 89

Beloved Husband and Father


In Memoriam: Dick Martin, Sr.

Dick Martin, Sr., age 89, passed away on Tuesday, November 3rd, at The Renaissance Retirement Campus in Olmsted Falls, Ohio. He was surrounded by his family, including his wife of 63 years, Carol K. Martin, as well as their three children Richard, Jr. (Kay Birnbaum), Allison Eaton (Robert), and Katy Zetwick (James). Allison and Katy spent many weeks with Dick toward the end of his life, adding immeasurably to the caring and kindness shown by his medical team.

He is preceded in death by his parents Lewis William Martin, Sr., and Dorothy H. Martin; and his brother Lewis William (Bill) Martin, Jr. He was the proud grandfather of Richard H. Martin III (FiFi Sheih), Brynn Eaton, Joseph Eaton, Rachel Zetwick (affianced to Peter Brown), and Ryan Zetwick. A private family ceremony will be followed by inurnment at the Brecksville Cemetery Columbarium. A memorial celebration of his life is anticipated for summer 2021, once COVID restrictions are lifted. Charitable donations in his name may be made to Calvary Lutheran Church, 6906 West Pleasant Valley Road, Parma, OH, 44129.

He was born in Brooklyn, New York, and graduated from Lincoln (Ferndale, MI) High School in 1949. He graduated from Michigan State College (now University) in 1954 with a BA in Economics. He was a member of Delta Sigma Pi Fraternity. During the course of his university years, he served in the United States Air Force, at Luke (AZ) AFB, receiving an honorable discharge in 1952 as Airman First Class.

Dick enjoyed a successful career in group insurance sales, working for New York Life, Provident Mutual, and Mutual Benefit Life, from which he retired in 1988 as a Regional Director. His hallmarks were an enthusiastic and helpful demeanour, which were manifested in a number of company honors, including company Man of the Year in 1974.

Despite these successes, Dick took greatest pride in his contributions to family; school and community; and church. He met Carol on a 'blind date' in 1956, returning home to let his mother Dorothy know that he 'had met the girl I'm going to marry'. Wedded just months later on May 4th, 1957, anniversary celebrations were regularly marked by the playing of 'their song', True Love. They were indeed blessed by a 'guardian angel', enjoying decades of happiness raising their children, spending time with family and friends, travelling, and holidaying at their summer cottage for many years on Torch Lake, Michigan.

On the school and community front, Dick's contributions were many. Living in Broadview Heights for 47 years, he was a member of the Brecksville Broadview Heights School (BBHS) Board for nine years, serving as President for five. He served as President of BBHS Band Boosters for several years, and was also active in both PTA activities and the annual Art Mart scholarship fundraiser. Dick was instrumental in the formation of the schools' Chemical Abuse Prevention Association, and a driving force in the establishment of the Cuyahoga Valley National Recreation Area, later granted national park status. His wife Carol was a splendid partner and joint-participant in many of these efforts, adding further to the joys of their marriage. Dick was a keen clarinettist, somehow also finding time to participate in multiple community bands; a member of the Cleveland Civil War Roundtable; and a volunteer for many years with Parma Community General Hospital's Auxiliary Unit. His many contributions to school and community were recognised when he was selected as 'CitiSun of the Year' by the Sun-Courier in 2003 but, even more so, by the many students, patients, and local residents who were touched by his wonderfully positive attitude, infectious smile, and sincere interest in the welfare and happiness of others.

Dick found great strength and comfort in his faith, and sought to repay those gifts in his contributions to the Lutheran Church, attending Calvary Lutheran Church for more than 50 years. During that time, he taught Adult Bible Class for many years, as well as Confirmation Classes (much to the chagrin at times of his children, who occasionally found themselves his pupils!); he also served as Congregational Chairman for multiple terms. Dick also supported the broader Lutheran Church, serving on annuity and mission boards; the SELC District Board of Directors; and as a lay delegate to the National Synodical Convention of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod. His faith enabled both him and his family to approach his passing with confidence in the life to come, the greatest gift for which one could ask.

In sum, Dick was a kind and loving man, who excelled at all aspects of being a man – husband, father, provider, community leader, person of faith. He was blessed with a wonderfully positive attitude, always putting others first, brightening the lives of everyone with whom he came in contact. There can be no doubt that remains the case as he joins his Lord in heaven. We were blessed to have him, and blessed still further by the happy memories that will be with us forever.


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