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Donald T. Martin, Jr.

July 27, 1949 November 15, 2020
Donald T. Martin, Jr.
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Obituary for Donald T. Martin, Jr.

Donald T. Martin, Jr. of Bloomfield died November 15, 2020. He was 71 years old. Don was born July 27, 1949 in Detroit to Jean (nee Coulter) and Donald T. Martin. He graduated from George A. Dondero High School in 1969 and the University of Phoenix. He served for over 25 years in the Michigan National Guard and retired as a Major. Professionally, he retired from Chrysler Corporation and Fisher Auto Parts.

Don was an adventurous, inquisitive, and competitive family man. He was always off to an adventure. When he was a nine-year-old car-crazy boy, he rode the family station wagon, with two of his siblings on the tailgate, down a hill backwards into an outhouse. When he was ten and living in El Paso, Texas he found a ranch near his house and went every chance he had to work for the rancher.

Mechanically gifted, when Don was eleven, he wondered how the alarm clock worked so he took it apart but couldn’t put it back together. He was self-motivated and held two paper routes, The Detroit News and the Royal Oak Tribune. Don got up early to deliver one paper and after school delivered the other. He loved bikes and had many adventures with his friends.

Don belonged to the Michigan Wolverines Sports Club for many years. He rode the Bell Isle Bike Race, earning the 100 and 200 mile patches, camping overnight on Belle Isle. He almost made to into the Olympic trials in Oregon his Senior year but instead chose another adventure he and his buddies had on a Mackinac Island boat ride.

He loved cars and would teach anyone how to fix them. A generous man, Don often helped out his extended family to fix their cars. He loved to ski and was very fast on the slopes. Don always wanted to win at family games and often did. He loved life and family, especially his wife Paula.

The best big brother anyone could ask for, the best son any parent could ask for and the best uncle any child would love. His was generous and fun loving, a man-child in the best sense.

In retirement he bought bikes and carefully reconditioned and fixed them, often selling them for a very small cost over what he put into them. He loved the Detroit Slow Roll and talked everyone into trying it.

As John Denver sang, “Some days are diamond, some days are stone.” This is a stone day.

Don is survived by his beloved wife, Paula, and siblings, Susan (William) Becker, Julie (Timothy) McGee, Beatrice (August) Imm, Kenneth (Kellen) Martin, James (Beth) Martin, and Joan (Rick) Wilson. He is also survived by several nieces and nephews. Don is preceded in death by his parents and brothers, Douglas Martin and baby boy Martin.

Visitation and Funeral Services are being held privately. Burial will be in Great Lakes National Cemetery, Holly.

Memorials appreciated to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, Tennessee 38105.


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