Donald Edward Martin Sr., 85, of Alleghany County, passed away, on Wednesday, January 18, 2023, surrounded by his family.
Mr. Martin was born on the 18th day of March, 1937, in Alleghany County, a son of the late William E. and Eva Webb Martin. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by the mother of his children, Minnie Curry Martin in 1997; a son, Ricky Martin; a daughter and son-in-law, Janie Martin Arrant and Jacob; and a brother, Kenneth Martin.
He served in the United States Navy for 21 years, during his time, he served during the Vietnam War and the Korean Conflict. During his time in the military, he taught flight school and flew with the Blue Angels. He retired in 1997 as an Associate Professor for DSLCC. He was a member of the Hollywood (MD) Lodge # 223, the Kazim Shrine Temple of Roanoke, and a longtime avid musician in the area. He was an instructor and apprenticeship coordinator for Westvaco. In his spare time, he enjoyed target shooting.
He is survived by his wife of 12 years, Caroline Stickler Martin of Lewisburg, WV; two sons, Donnie Martin Jr. and his wife, Debbie, of Hot Springs and David Charles Martin and wife, April, of Covington; a number of grandchildren to include Daniel Martin and his wife, Tina, Vicky Lawson and husband, Daniel, and Heather Martin all of Covington; a number of great-grandchildren; a brother, Jobi Martin of Georgia; a daughter-in-law, Tami Martin of Washington; and a number of nieces and nephews.
In keeping with his wishes, his body has been cremated.
A funeral service will be held on February 11, 2023, at 2 p.m. in the Chapel of Arritt Funeral Home.
The family will receive their friends one hour prior to the service on Saturday, February 11, 2023.
Military rites will be conducted by the Curtis A. Smith Post 1033 Veterans of Foreign Wars.
The online guest registration is available at arrittfuneralhome.com.
The funeral arrangements are being handled by Arritt Funeral Home of Covington, VA.