Douglas A. Martin

July 01, 1961 ‒ August 23, 2017

Mount Gilead, Ohio
Formerly of Marion, Ohio

A man with gasoline in his veins, Douglas A. “Doug” Martin, finished his last ride on this journey, “knocking on heaven’s door”, on Wednesday morning, August 23, 2017.  He died thirty seven days after being diagnosed with cancer.  He was 56 years old.

On July 1, 1961, Doug was born in Marion, Ohio, the second of four children of Shirley (Troiano) Martin Casperson and the late Arthur E. Martin.  He attended Ridgedale and River Valley schools.

Doug found his calling early in life, meeting Ted and Mike Tennar who let him start working on their trikes at Tennar Trikes when he was only twelve years old.  He has been a “Motorhead” ever since.

One day in 1984, Doug was showing off his trike while “shooting the loop” in Marion, when he gave a young lady, Jannetta Graham from Mount Gilead, a ride.  Doug quickly knew he would be in for the ride of his life with Jannetta.  A few months later, Doug and Jannetta were married on January 5, 1985, at the St. Mary Catholic Church in Marion.  They been by each other’s side, dancing to their favorite song, every day for the past thirty two wonderful years.

Since 1990, Doug has worked at Bohl Equipment as a fork lift mechanic.

To say Doug was “born to ride” would be an understatement!  When it comes to things with an engine, there isn’t much Doug hasn’t done.  After growing up on trikes, he started drag racing, racing every weekend of every summer for years.  He loved going to the World Nationals and Night Under Fire, and was proud to be in the running to get on “Pinks All Out” racing program.  Doug loved showing cars, restoring countless Chevy’s and Volkswagen’s, especially his pride and joy, his 1967 Chevy Nova II.  He logged thousands of miles on his many Harley Davidson motorcycles, with his favorite trip being down in the Smoky Mountains, riding the Tail of the Dragon at Deals Gap with 318 curves in 11 miles down in Gatlinburg, Tennessee.  It’s hard to imagine how many hours this “Gear head” spent tinkering in garages.  Doug also was a member of the Brothers of the 3rd Wheel Trike Club.

Sharing a love for traveling with Jannetta, they “saw the world” together.  On top of all of their rides, they also enjoyed countless amazing trips to places like Hawaii, St. Thomas, and Turks and Caicos.

Whenever Doug was around, he kept you on your toes.  You never knew what to expect from him.

The protector of the family, Doug always looked out for everyone in his large bunch, who all meant so much to him.  Despite being stubborn as a bull, he was a good man who would do anything for you!  Doug especially loved his grandbabies, who were the apples of PopPops’s eye.

His memory will be cherished by his beloved wife, Jannetta Martin; two children: Jessica (Jeremy) Rowe and Douglas (Stefany) Martin Jr.; three grandchildren: Cayden and Ellie Rowe, and Brysen Martin; mother, Shirley Martin Casperson; three sisters: Annette (Roger) Dailey, Cindy (Rocky Hunt) Greek, and Brenda Martin; mother-in-law, Mary Graham; two brothers-in-law: Paul K. (Vivian) Graham, and Doug (June) Graham; a sister-in-law, Donna Marie (Rick) Manning; numerous nieces and nephews; countless dear friends; and his special lifelong friends, Ted (Tina) Tennar.

Including his father, Doug was preceded in death by his father-in-law, Paul E. Graham; and sister-in-law, Libby Seitz.

His family will greet friends from 2 – 6 p.m. on Sunday, August 27, at the Snyder Funeral Homes, DENZER Chapel, 360 E. Center St., Marion.  Services honoring his life will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, at the Steve Young Memorial Lodge FOP #24, 5327 Harding Hwy E (St Rt 309 E), Caledonia, with Pastor Dale Baker officiating.  A tribute ride will follow to Rivercliff Cemetery in Mount Gilead.

On behalf of his family, they want everyone to come as you are, or better yet, wear your Harley Davidson garb, ride your motorcycles, bring your hot rods, with only one exception…don’t wear anything Ford related.  This is what Doug would have wanted.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Douglas A. Martin Memorial Scholarship Fund, c/o Fahey Bank, 127 N. Main St., Marion, OH 43302, where a scholarship fund has been set up for his grandchildren.

Snyder Funeral Homes of Marion are honored to have been chosen to serve Doug’s family and your favorite memories and condolences may be shared with them via www.SnyderFuneralHomes.com.

  • Brenda and family,

    You have my deepest sympathy with the loss of your brother. You have memories good times they will keep him with you for ever. Sending prayers your way!

  • So, so sorry for the loss of this precious man. May God comfort you during this time and in the days ahead.

  • Jannetta. So sorry for your loss. Prayers for you and your Family. No more pain and suffering. Peace has come to him now.
    Steve and Renee Snyder

  • Oh, Jannetta, I’m so, so sorry. I didn’t even know Doug was ill. I truly liked Doug, even as a kid he always seemed to be smiling.

    My sincere condolences, thoughts, prayers and big, tight hugs to you and your entire family.

    Steve & Karen (Sharp) Herr

    • Jannetta, I’m so sorry for your loss . I won’t be able to attend the funeral but know you are in my thoughts and prayers. Love you.

  • Janetta .. Mary and I are so sorry for.your loss..
    Doug was a great guy and will be greatly missed by so many..Our thoughts and prayers are with you

  • A great man gone way too soon. I’m so sorry to hear of his passing Jannetta, my thoughts & prayers are with you & your family

  • So sad. So young. So quick He’s where he will never be in pain again and I believe he will be looking down at you all and taking care of his entire family God has his reasons and he will take care of him forever. Pray Love and ask for Peace ❤️

  • Janetta
    We are so sorry for your loss
    Thoughts and Prayers are with you and your entire family! We are thinking of you and your family in this difficult time!

  • Rick and Tammy Shirk send our deepest thoughts during this difficult time. We always enjoyed hanging out with you guys during our involvement with special events. Stay strong, we know you will.

  • Jannetta, You, Jessie, Dougie, and the grandchildren are in our thoughts and prayers. Doug will be missed by so many people.

  • So very sorry for your family’s loss. You have truly been blessed with the love Doug had for his family. Find comfort in the great memories. Love and prayers.

  • Shirley I am so sorry to hear of the lose of your son. My heart goes out to you and your family.

  • Sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers for you and your family during your time of sorrow. Doug was a wonderful person with heart of gold. He will be dearly missed by everyone.

  • We are so sorry for your loss. You and your family are in our thoughtd and prayers.

    Lucy Kanniard.
    Misty (Dart) Stewart
    Tracy Darst.

  • So sorry. My heart breaks for all involved. Amazing person gone way to soon! I’m gonna miss his good natured soul & contagious smile. Always such a happy carefree person. Jannetta, you definitely found one of the good ones, keep your memories close, and never let them go! Love you and the kids tons! <3 don't forget to take care of you.

  • Jannetta .
    We are her for what ever we can help you with, hugs and prayers for all of you We love you all very much and can not tell how much we will miss Doug “The Littlest Tennar”
    Much love, Ted and Tina

  • Janet’s, we are so very sorry for your loss! Sorry we can’t be there for the funeral but you and your will be in our thoughts and prayers! Love you!

  • Nothing we can say can ease the pain of the loss you and your family are feeling. But know we are Praying for strength and grace to all of you. I know he was your everything. Cherish all the memories.

  • Words cannot even express how SORRY I am for ALL of you right now! I am so greatful I was a part of your family for so many years, and will ALWAYS consider you my forever family! I LOVE YOU ALL SO MUCH AND PRAYERS ARE WITH ALL OF YOU. 👃 LOVE, Tina

  • Janetta,

    I am so very sorry to hear of the loss of your beloved husband Doug. I remember how cute you two lovebirds were together when you first met, first married, and when starting to have your babies. I can still remember when he would pick you up from work at McDaniel Toyota in his souped up car and you would ride off together so in love. Sounds like you two built a wonderful life together and you will have many wonderful memories to cherish forever. My prayers are with you and your family.

    Your friend from many years ago,
    Peggy Word

  • I’m greatly sadden to hear of the loss of Doug. He is a great man that came from a wonderful and loving family. I am Doug’s cousin and I remember as a child we would spend our Sunday’s eating spaghetti dinners and picking pears from Grandma’s tree. May God’s strength surround all of you and embrace you as you go through this great loss. I wish I could be there giving you my condolences personally but know that my Thoughts, Prayers, and Love is being sent, as you go through this difficult time.

    Shari and Charles (Daniel) Potter

  • Janetta,
    I am so very sorry for your loss! Doug was an amazing man! I know he will be greatly missed! My prayers go out to both of your families!!!

  • So sorry to hear about the passing of Doug. Certainly enjoyed the good times that we had. Doug and Rick will have the task of car maintenance inside the pearly gates!

  • Sending our love. So sorry for your loss Netta. You and you family are in my prayers. Roger and Crystal Mattix

  • Cindi,
    You and your family have my deepest sympathy. I am so sorry for your loss. Sounds like your brother had quite a life.
    Take care.

  • Jannetta and family what a wonderful couple, friendly to everyone with your big smiles’, my heart hurts for you sweetie, may Doug RIP in heaven,love and prayers. Sandy Mitchell

  • Doug was full of life. It was obvious he enjoyed to spend time with family and friends. He would do anything for anyone. He wore his heart on his sleeve. He is and will be greatly missed.

  • Shirley, I’m very sorry to hear about Doug. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you.