Martin T. Kaufman II

March 06, 1945 ‒ August 08, 2019

Sarasota, Florida
Formerly of Marion, Ohio

Martin T. Kaufman II, age 74, of Marion and Sarasota, Florida, lived a life full of adventures.  He traveled the world, was a car enthusiast, and competed in the World Series of Poker in Las Vegas.  He was a private pilot and flew his own plane and enjoyed flying with his friends who dared to literally flip his world upside down in the process.  Marty was a true competitor.  An avid crossword puzzler and euchre player.  He was a hustler in the pool hall and on the tennis court!  Full of charisma and character, Marty always went big.  He truly lived life to the fullest and enjoyed the many friends and family members that shared in his pursuits.

Marty’s journey began on March 6, 1945 in Cleveland, Ohio.  The third of four children of the late Roy I. and Jean (Buck) Kaufman.  As a family, they moved to Marion when Marty was 6 years old, where he graduated from Marion Harding High School in the class of 1963.  He then furthered his education at Case Western Reserve University, where he earned his Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering.

Ever the entrepreneur, Marty has had several interesting business ventures…. raising earth worms, a diaper service, Amway & Rainbow distributorships to name a few.  Then, in 1984, he bought the business his father, Roy I. Kaufman founded in 1956, Roy I Kaufman Inc.  He has proudly carried on the family’s legacy of making mechanical cable assemblies, taking the business to new heights.

In 1986, Marty met and fell in love with Beth Lanz.  After an eight-year courtship, they were married, at their home on the boulevard, on August 13, 1994.  He learned to love all of Beth’s furry companions, and they proudly founded the Kaufman Dog and Skate Parks on SR 309 in Marion.  They have been by each other’s side every step of the way, sharing escapades and treasuring their time together.

Marty’s journey ended comfortably at home surrounded by his loved ones the early hours of August 8, 2019 after a well fought ten-year battle with esophageal cancer.  Left to cherish his memory are his beloved wife, Beth Kaufman of Sarasota, FL; three children: Camille “Cam” (Brad) Peak of Oklahoma City, OK, and twins: Martin T. “Ted” Kaufman III of White Fish, MT, and Marne (Dan) Curriden of Bentonville, AR; five grandchildren: Zachary and Cole Peak, Schuyler, Theodore “Ian” and Blake Curriden; three siblings: Betsey Kaufman of Cleveland, OH, David Kaufman of New Orleans, LA, and Suzy (Bob) Elliott of Columbia, SC; and numerous nieces and nephews.

His family will greet friends from 4 – 7 pm on Friday, August 16, at the Snyder Funeral Homes, GUNDER/HALL Chapel, 347 W. Center St., Marion.  Services honoring his life will be held at 10:30 am on Saturday, August 17, at the Marion Palace Theatre, 276 W. Center St., Marion, with life-long friend Dale Kibbey officiating.  Entombment will take place at a later date in Marion Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Kaufman Fund for the purpose of establishing a scholarship in the memory of Marty.  Contribution checks should be made payable to “Marion Community Foundation.”  The memo on the check can simply refer to “Kaufman Fund” and can be sent to 504 S. State St., Marion, OH 43302, or at

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  • Cam,
    I am so sorry to hear about your Dad. I know you made him so proud. You have his wonderful smile and zest for life! We will be thinking and praying for all of you.
    Love you,
    Diane Hartshorn

  • Cam Marne and Ted
    I’m so sorry to hear about your dad.You all are in my thoughts and prays.

  • Cam,
    I’m so sorry to hear about your dad’s passing. You, Brad and the boys will be in my thoughts and prayers. ♥
    Love, Sherri Leetham

  • Cam, Marne and Ted,
    Thoughts and prayers for you and your dad.
    Susan and Anthony

  • Cam,
    Thank you for sharing, I’m so sorry about the loss of your Dad. I can tell from the obit that you have a lot of his spunk, passion, and good looks;) May God comfort you and bring to mind very special memories for you and your family! Much love and prayers!

  • Marty was a true friend to all he met, and will be sorely missed by his Harding class of 1963 classmates. We express our deepest condolences to the family, and know that Marty is continuing his adventures in the next world.

  • My condolences to the children, Beth, and close friends. As Beths friend, I’m available for whatever I could do, errands, etc. grateful there is no more suffering for Marty.

  • Dear Beth, So sorry for your loss. Marty was a gem and will be greatly missed. He was surely a lucky man to have you Beth❣️You took such good care of him. May God Bless you and his family. So sorry that we can’t be there for you. Peace and strength to all. With love & sympathy, Judy & Mark. XOXO

  • Beth, our condolences to you and family. Marty was a great guy. Mike always enjoyed talking with him at Starbucks. He said he will always think of him when passing Starbucks.
    He is in God’s hands now, a much better place!
    Mike & Barb LaVette

  • Dear Beth we will miss Marty as much as you will.. Such genuine man with so many abilities. We mourn his loss, but know he is not Ill any more. May God be with you during this time of grief. Praying for all of the family members. Cynthia and Tim Byrnes.

  • Cam, Brad, Zack, Cole and family,

    Bless your hearts, we are thinking and praying for all of you. Take care, we love you.

    The Deathrage Family

  • Cam, Marne, & Ted,
    We are so very sorry for your loss Marty was a character, he was larger than life…always the fun dad. We will pray for all of you.
    Doug & Regi Adams

  • This guy will be terribly missed. I am a better person for having known this man. In the short compass of less than ten years I came to marvel at his wit, his intellect, his advice, his conversation, his slice tennis serve and yes, his politics. I had the pain of being on the receiving side of that tennis slice, but I also had the joy of being on the dance floor at JR’s Packinghouse listening to our favorite band, The Missing Link. I especially remember one night at JR’s when Beth, Haunani and I almost fell off our chairs laughing at Marty’s comments about some of our fellow dancing celebrants. And don’t get me started about his egging me on in my “Wild Thing” dance with his oh-such-a-good-sport daughter, Marne. Just based on the snippet of time that I was fortunate to have with this man, I can only imagine how Beth and the whole Kaufman clan must ache at his loss. Marty has been in the Prayers for the People at our church for the last two months, and today our congregation prayed for his soul. Farewell, friend. When I see you next, I’ll bring my racquet.

  • Beth and family- so sorry. Marty will be missed – he was definitely one of a kind! We’ve been praying for you both daily- I bet Marty is already entertaining other angels in heaven with card tricks, jokes, and drop shots ❤️ he always had a twinkle in his eyes, that lit up a room. Now he will light up heaven. Love you💞

  • Marine, Ted, and Cam.
    Sorry to hear of your loss, I have a lot of great memories of your father and the lessons on shooting pool he provided. Thoughts and prayers to your family.

  • I am so sorry to hear of the passing of Marty. I have so many wonderful memories of him especially in our younger entrepreneur days. I remember the many pictures I had the fortune to do for his parents, he and the business. I always enjoyed his sense of humor, his wit and at times his antics. I enjoyed the times he came to our farm and visited driving in his beloved Rolls Royce surprising my hubby. He was bigger than life, a charmer and had a gift to talk about anything and everything. He will be greatly missed. Our thoughts and prayers for strength and healing are with you Beth and family.

  • So sorry Marne for your loss. What an amazing write up for your Dad. He definitely passed on his Zest for Life to you. Through that he will NEVER be forgotten. Love you and wish your family the best during this very difficult time.

  • What a terrible loss! Marty was a friend, and a wonderful human being. I flew with him often in his new Mooney aircraft. In 1995 he asked me to fly with him to California. On the way we stopped in OK City to visit his charming daughter Cam and there we spent the night, in LA we visited his son Ted and stayed a week. e
    I met Marty at the Sarasota airport. I learned he was a MENSA member (requirement: IQ > 130) which led to many delightful exchanges of facts, opinions, and banter. On the way to CA we stopped at the Grand Canyon, then at Las Vegas where he played poker in an exclusive club with select members and after three days of leisurely travel we landed at the Santa Monica airport.

    Marty and I spent many Friday mornings playing tennis with a group of older gents in a public court. He did that to give companionship and exercise to them more than his own enjoyment of the game. He was a noble soul. I will miss him terribly. My condolences to Beth and the family.

  • Dear Beth,
    So, so sorry to hear about Marty. As was wonderfully said in his obituary, he was one of a kind with an amazing zest for life. I remember fondly all our times together. Take care. Doug

  • Dear Beth, we were so sorry to hear that you are going through this type of heartbreak. He was quite a man and you were quite the mate to keep up with him. May all the happy memories you have help you through the days to come. I will remember him with a smile as I recall his many stories, magic tricks, and quirky ways.
    Marty was lucky to have such a super nurse to get him through the past 10 years.
    I will love you forever my friend, Yvonne & Ron

  • After a life well-lived, I was truly saddened to hear of Martin’s recent passing. All those, who were lucky enough to have known him, were early on aware of his boundless curiosity and desire to excel in all things he loved. May the assurance of God’s love be a comfort to his family in the days ahead. Safe travels our dear friend and classmate, and may you know God’s peace.
    Pam Williams Grant

  • So saddened to hear of Uncle Martin’s passing. Our sincere condolences to the entire family.
    Charley, Julie and Paige Geyer