John R. Martin, 76

March 09, 2011
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JUNE 18, 1934-MARCH 9, 2011

SMITHSBURG — John Richard Martin, 76, of Smithsburg Pike, Smithsburg, Md., passed away Wednesday, March 9, 2011, at Meritus Medical Center near Hagerstown, Md.

Born June 18, 1934, in Hagerstown, he was the son of the late John A. and Gladys M. (Sensenbaugh) Martin.

He was a 1952 graduate of Smithsburg High School.

He was owner and operator of Ivy Hill Farm of Smithsburg.

He was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church of Smithsburg, where he taught Sunday school for many years and was former president of the church council.

He was also a member of the Maryland Pork Producers Association, where he was former president and pork ambassador for 10 years; Maryland Horticulture Society, where he served as a former president for two years; American Farm Bureau Apple Marketing Committee; and a 4-H Club leader for 25 years.

He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Jeanne L. (Brown) Martin, whom he married Nov. 25, 1954; daughter, Karen Martin Lyon and husband. Charles, of Alexandria, Va.; son, John Steven Martin and wife, Karen, of Smithsburg; sister, Frances J. Smith and husband, George Daniel, of Ijamsville, Md.; uncle, George Martin of Chambersburg, Pa. and grandchildren, Kristen Lyon, John Timothy Martin, Dana Lyon and John Justin Martin.

Services will be held Saturday, March 12, 2011, at 11 a.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church, Smithsburg, with Pastor Virgil Cain officiating. Burial will be in Smithsburg Cemetery.

The family will receive friends Friday evening from 7 to 9 p.m. at J.L. Davis Funeral Home of Smithsburg.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Trinity Lutheran Church, P.O. Box 217, Smithsburg, MD 21783.

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