Former Smithsburg Town Council member dies

Jerome Martin was a supporter of recycling and he could often be seen reading up on issues related to recycling

December 11, 2012|By DAVE McMILLION |
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SMITHSBURG — Former Smithsburg Town Council member Jerome Martin, remembered for his efforts to get curbside recycling started in town and for being a “prickly fellow” who was often blunt about what he thought, died Tuesday at Meritus Medical Center, according to his wife and town officials.

Martin had undergone surgery in May 2011 to correct problems associated with a treatment for cancer and had been struggling with health issues, said his wife, Terri Callamari.

Martin served three, four-year terms on the council and decided not to run again in the May 8 election this year.

Martin, 65, was a supporter of recycling and he could often be seen reading up on issues related to recycling.

He pushed for curbside recycling in Smithsburg, which was passed by town council members last year.

Although some town residents had raised concerns about changing the town’s trash service, Martin pleaded with residents to embrace recycling.


Town officials at the time considered giving town residents a rebate on a $40 annual sanitation fee the town charges, based on how much trash is recycled.

“So get out there and recycle,” Martin said during a council meeting last year.

“That was his project in Smithsburg,” Callamari said.

Martin did not shy away from controversy on the town council when fighting for issues important to him and it was not unusual to see him tangled in heated confrontations during council meetings.

Council member Donnie Souders remembered Martin on Tuesday as a “very prickly fellow. He was blunt,” Souders said.

Martin was a supporter of youth basketball leagues in town and did some of the coaching, Souders said.

Martin built homes throughout Washington County and his company was Mar-Cal Construction Co. Martin also built home additions and fell in 2008 while putting a roof on a house, his wife said. 

Martin did work for Habitat for Humanity in Washington County and was a Vietnam War veteran, serving from 1966 to 1969, his wife said.

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