March 20, 1922 – Dec. 2 2021 (99 years)
CHINO VALLEY, Arizona – Donald Warren Martin, 99, a longtime former Mount Jackson resident, died on December 2 at his daughter’s home.
Mr. Martin was born March 20, 1922 in Hillsville, son of George W. and Jean (Dickson) Martin.
A graduate of Mt. Jackson High School in 1940, Don was the last surviving member of his class.
He attended Robert Morris College where he studied business.
A proud WWII veteran, Don served in the 461st Anti-aircraft battalion stationed in the European theater of operations, which included Normandy, France, immediately after the D-Day invasion. He received several honorable citations for his services, including a Purple Heart for being wounded during ‘a battle in Germany.
His wife of 53 years, Norma (Evans) Martin, whom he married on September 10, 1949, was predeceased on November 11, 2002.
Don was a long-time member of the Mt. Jackson Presbyterian Church where he sang in the choir and served as an elder.
He was a life member of the American Legion, Perry S. Gaston Post 343, New Castle.
When he was younger, he belonged to the New Castle Music Club and sang in Handel’s “Messiah” performances for over 25 years.
Don had a talent for woodworking.
He enjoyed spending time outside in his garden.
He always looked forward to traveling to the United States and singing with his wife and daughters.
A good family man, Don truly adored his wife and daughters, his extended family and the many pets that had blessed his life.
He is survived by his daughters Mary Jean (Rev. Robert) Van Deusen of Northumberland, Pennsylvania, and Ann (Robert Jr.) Matthews of Chino Valley; and step-granddaughters Abigail Van Deusen and Elizabeth Van Deusen.
In addition to his wife and parents, Don was predeceased by a sister, Elizabeth Clark; and one brother, James C. Martin.
Memorial contributions can be made to Wheels for the World or C / O Joni and Friends Disability Ministry, PO Box 3333, Agoura Hills, CA 91376.
Calling hours will be Wednesday (December 15) from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at J. Bradley McGonigle, Inc. Funeral and Crematorium, 111 W. Falls St., New Castle. A funeral service will begin at 10:30 am, with Reverend M. Van Deusen officiating.
Interment will be in the Mount Jackson Presbyterian Cemetery. All military honors will be rendered by the New Castle Area Honor Guard.