Martin P. Foster

July 11, 1947 ‒ May 13, 2014

Sunbury, Ohio

Martin Paul Foster, of Sunbury , died peacefully and with dignity at home on May 13, 2014. He was 66 years old and is survived by his wife of 34 years, Patricia “Trish” Brown, sisters Suzanne Foster and Phyllis Dix, brother, Richard Foster, and numerous and beloved nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents Howard and Ellen Foster.

Martin attended University High School in Columbus, then DePauw University, in Greencastle, Indiana, studying mathematics. Being shot in1971 while selling ice cream did not stop this man. He was paralyzed and lived the rest of his life in a wheelchair, but he took that on as a challenge to be the best that he could be. He had a wry sense of humor and a true joy for living.
Martin became a teacher to others just by the example he set of overcoming his many physical challenges. Martin lived his life to the fullest, loving every moment of it. He and Trish have lived in their Sunbury home since 1979. An avid organic gardener and gourmet chef, he was a co-owner of the Dell restaurant. Martin enjoyed camping, gardening, eating good food and traveling. He and his wife met in Italy, and he was a world traveler, going to Tahiti, England, Germany, France, Thailand, and Viet Nam, among many other places. Martin and Trish had a home in Costa Rica, a country that was dear to his heart. Martin was a big presence and will be sorely missed. He was an inspiration.

The ‘Celebration of Life’ memorial to be held in honor of Martin P. Foster will be at the couple’s home, 11826 Stockwell Rd. Sunbury, Ohio 43074, on Saturday, July 12, 2014 at 2:00pm, with tributes beginning at 3:00pm. Thanks to loving friends and family, appetizers, desserts and drinks will be available. Family and friends are welcome. Arrangements entrusted to the DeVore-Snyder Funeral Home, Sunbury.

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  • First and foremost, my condolences to Trish and all of the other family members. I’m truly sorry for your loss.

    I will always remember Yogi as an indomitable spirit. He contributed a lot of fun, joy, and energy to our lives in high school. I didn’t see him all that much after that, but every time I did, it was pure pleasure, and I was inspired by his positive and creative attitude. He will certainly be missed.

    • Thank you so much, Alan. Your sentiments are appreciated. He, indeed, will be missed. Celebration of his life date is July 12th here at our home. more later to be posted on that.
      Sincerely, Trish

  • We are so sorry to hear about Martin’s transition. He will be greatly missed.

    Marcia and Jim

  • Sincere sympathy on your loss.
    Yogi was a very special person. When I arrived at University School later than most, in my junior year of high school, Yogi was one of the most welcoming students. He immediately made me feel at home in a new environment. As I later discovered,this was one of his many admirable qualities–he got along so easily and comfortably with a wide variety of people. He made us feel like he cared about each of us, and we did so overwhelmingly about him. I am University School was repeated many, many times elsewhere.

  • To Trish and alll of Martin’s family and friends,

    High school was so very long ago, and I remember Yogi as a bright and energetic spirit, with whom I did not really “hang out” all that much, but who was a guy that I thought was handsome and great fun to talk with! Over the years when I saw him…at The Dell, for example, I got a glimpse of one part of him–the creative chef and gregarious host. Then, fast forward several years to the house in Sunbury, my dear husband (Billy) and I were treated to such gracious hospitality by him and his lovely wife Trish….summer nights on a patio amidst his glorious gardens, with Martin, the grown-up and reflective Man,talking candidly and forgivingly about the unfortunate shooting in Detroit when he was still so very very young and had so much life ahead of him. I felt privileged and very touched to hear him talk about his feeliings about that event and how it shaped his life, all the while sipping killer Margaritas and munching on delicious wood-oven pizza made and served by Yogi himself! I cherish and am grateful for those recent summer memories (also shared by my lifelong sister/friend Cynnie and her husband Ranford,) and I can only say that, were it not for the circumstance of Martin Foster and I attending the same unique school, our lives would have never intesected as they did…and I am simply grateful that we did meet, and that the special nature of the “U School connection” made our relationship more than just a superficial “I went to school with that guy.” Peace to you, Yogi/Martin, may you fly and run free in the universe now…and to you, Trish and family members, I say that I feel your loss, from my position so far away from yours, as simply a friend, and I am already missing that BIG PERSONALITY of Yogi. I wish you all much love and peace as you go forward without him physically in your lives. I also want to say that, having ushered my own loved ones to “the next realm,” I was very happy to hear that Yogi was surrounded by his loved ones, in his beautiful garden, on a bright and sunny day. Beautiful. Love, Tash.