Dr. Donald Thomas Martin
February 22, 1923 ‒ December 17, 2011
Mt. Vernon, Ohio
MT. VERNON: As God’s obedient servant, Dr. Donald Thomas Martin invested his time and energy as an educator. Led by the Holy Spirit, Don was a pastor and professor for over 50 years having a guiding influence in the lives of countless students, fellow Christian’s and his beloved family as well. Christ’s work in Don’s life is now complete and his faith is now sight after passing away Saturday, December 17, 2011 in Cambridge following brief illness. He was 88.
Donald was born February 22, 1923 in Pittsburgh the son of James and Dorothy (Reed) Martin and was graduated from Langley High School in 1941.
Donald double majored in English and Music from Taylor University graduating in 1945. Continuing his education in 1948 he received a Masters of Divinity from Asbury Seminary in Wilmore, Kentucky. In the late 1950’s Donald graduated from Ball State University with a Masters Degree in General Speech. In 1978 he completed his education after earning a PhD in Humanities Education from The Ohio State University.
In 1948 Don’s life journey began as both pastor and husband. On April 18, 1948 he married Clara Evelyn Bletz in Hilltop Community Church. In that same year Don began pastoring at First Friends Church until 1951. For ten years he pastored Beulah United Methodist Church in Bangs. In 1984 Don founded the Evangelical Church of the Nazerene in Mt. Vernon and retired in 1988 after preaching for 40 years.
An accomplished pianist, even until this past October Don and Clara enjoyed playing duets. Don on the piano or accordian and Clara playing the harp. Using music as a bridge to reach inmates, Donald and Clara shared the gospel and led worship in the Knox County Jail, and the Marysville and Orient Penitentiaries.
The role of educator encompassed Don; he loved to teach. Don previously taught at Huntington College, Marion College and Taylor University. In 1992 Don retired after 22 years as a Speech and English professor at Mt. Vernon Nazerene College. He enjoyed reading and acquired an extensive library.
He is survived by his loving wife of 63 years, Clara Martin of Cambridge; son Samuel (Karen) Martin of Finneytown; daughters Jeanine (David) Davenport of Mt. Vernon, Judith (Lachland) Galbraith of Phoenix, Arizona, Julie (John) Tressaloni of Lexington, Kentucky, Jann (Walter) Bruning of Cambridge, Joanna (Glen) Allen of Mt. Vernon, Jill (Bruce) Hawkins of Mt. Vernon, Heidi (Steve) Rader of Mt. Vernon, and Kimberly Fleming of Mt. Vernon; 32 grandchildren; 17 great grandchildren; brothers James (Millie) Martin of Scottdale, Pennsylvania; sister Joy (Alfred) Eggers of Punta Gorda, Florida; sister-in-law Doris Martin of Leesburg, Florida
Along with his parents he was preceded in death by his step mother Gwen Martin; grandson Chad Allen; brother Richard Martin.
The family will receive friends Tuesday, December 20, 2011 from 1-3pm in the Lexington Avenue Snyder Funeral Home where funeral services will begin at 3pm. Dr. Tim Davis will speak and burial will follow in St. Peter’s cemetery.
Memorial contributions to the Muscular Dystrophy Association may be made through the funeral home.
Online condolences to the family may be made by visiting:www.snyderfuneralhomes.com