James A. Martin


James A. Martin, 78, of Old Saybrook, Conn., died Saturday, July 26, 2014, at Middlesex Hospital.

Jim was born in Toledo on March 9, 1936, a son of Jean Raymond Martin of Périgueux, France, and Mary Baldwin Hauck of Toledo.

Jim’s family settled in Bellefontaine, where he graduated high school in 1954. Jim excelled at tennis, played clarinet in the band, and developed a life-long love of big band jazz music.

After graduating in 1958 from Kenyon College where he was president of the Delta Kappa Epsilon Lambda chapter, Jim taught in France for a year before serving in the United States Army assigned to the 7th Army Symphony in Stuttgart, Germany. During his tour of duty, he met his wife-to-be, Dorthe Petersen, in Genoa, Italy, at the wedding of mutual friends.

Jim and Dorthe were married in 1962, lived in Ohio, then Sweden, then returned to the U.S. to settle in Old Saybrook, Conn. She died in 2012.

He enjoyed a long career as an industrial engineer working for H.B. Maynard, Stanadyne and USCO.

In retirement, Jim enjoyed playing tennis at the Old Saybrook Racquet Club, working on the Becky Thatcher, maintaining his antique model trains, and playing clarinet and saxophone in local bands. After his wife died, he took up gardening.

Jim is survived by a sister, Joan Martin Ganey of Woodland Hills, Calif.; daughter, Christina (Tim) Burke of East Haddam, Conn.; granddaughter, Mathilda; and cousins, John, Ann, Robert and Sally.

Calling hours are from 4 to 6 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 2, at Fulton-Theroux Funeral Home, Old Lyme, Conn. Burial services are private.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Weiss Hospice and Palliative Care Unit at Middlesex Hospital, 28 Crescent St., Middletown CT 06457.