John "Jay" P. Martin, P.E., 69, of Clarks Summit, formerly of San Diego, Calif., died Tuesday at Regional Hospital of Scranton. He and his wife, the former Cynthia "Cindy" Moret, were to celebrate their sixth anniversary on July 11.
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Born in Scranton, he was the son of the late John P. and Dorothy Dickert Martin. An Army veteran, he received two Army Commendation Medals and a Bronze Star for his service in Vietnam.
A graduate of Scranton Preparatory School, Jay studied pre-engineering at the University of Scranton and earned a B.S. in mechanical engineering from the University of Detroit. He also studied at the U.S. Army Combat Engineering School, the University of Maryland, Drexel University and the University of Washington. Before retirement, he worked as a director or partner with Arris Engineering, Wilkes-Barre; Johncyn Engineering, Valley Center, Pa.; TMAD Taylor & Gaines, Syska Hennessy and Earl Walls Engineering, all in San Diego; Vonstorch, Kearns and Martin; GSGS&B, in Clarks Summit; and Bellante, Claus, Miller & Nolan in Scranton.
In more than 40 years as a professional engineer Jay served as lead mechanical engineer or project manager on more than 80 projects, including the library and field house at the University of Scranton; the J. Paul Getty Fine Arts Center in Los Angeles; multiple facilities at the Salk Institute for Biological Sciences in San Diego; and the football (Giants) stadium and sports arena (Nets/Devils) in East Rutherford, N.J., for the New Jersey Sports Authority.
Jay enjoyed Broadway theater, reading mystery novels, dancing, listening to '60s music and watching movies over and over again. He loved his work and over the years built some very strong personal relationships. But above all, he loved his family and that was the most important to him. Not to be forgotten, there is a very special place in his heart for his two border collies, Jazz and Samantha. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him.
He is also survived by his daughter, Amy, and his son, Mark, both of Scranton; a stepson, Kristopher Aveard, his wife, Jenny, and their children, Brennan and Lainey of Allen, Texas; a brother, Edward (Ned) and his wife, Karen Kirwin Martin, of Scott Twp.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday at noon at St. John Vianney Parish in Corpus Christi Church, 704 Montdale Road, Scott Twp., celebrated by the Rev. Michael J. Kirwin, pastor.
Family and friends may call at the church from 10:45 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. on Saturday. In accordance with his wishes, Jay has been cremated. Arrangements by Neil W. Regan Funeral Home Inc., 1900 Pittston Ave., Scranton.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Joseph's Center, 2010 Adams Ave., Scranton, PA 18509; or to the
For directions or to email condolences, visit www.nwrfh.com.
Neil W Regan Funeral Home Inc
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Published in Scranton Times on July 3, 2014