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MARTIN DAVID HENDERSON MARTIN 1939 - 2014 David Henderson Martin passed away on March 28, 2014 at age 74 after a three-year battle with cancer, Dave was born in a farmhouse in Bedford, VA in December, 1939, son of Winston Keith and Ruby (Hughes) Martin, Sr. The family moved to Washington, DC, after WWII and lived in the Anacostia area of the city. Dave played basketball for Anacostia High School and then went to Western Maryland College (now McDaniel College) where, as varsity basketball team captain, he was one of the school's all time high scorers. After college he was an officer in the US Army Engineers for two years, serving on the DMZ in Korea, and he then completed law school at George Washington University. Upon graduation from law school in 1967 Dave became part of the Organized Crime Strike Force at the US Department of Justice, involved in the prosecution of high profile crime figures around the country. From Justice he was tapped to be the Chief Counsel for the Secret Service, serving under Presidents Richard Nixon during the Watergate era, Gerald Ford, and Jimmy Carter. From 1978-1983 he was in a private law firm working on a number of cases for the National Rifle Association. In 1983 Dave became the first Director of the Office of Government Ethics under President Ronald Reagan, a position he held for five years. He was then President of the Legal Services Corporation, the government-funded entity that provides legal support to the poor, for a year before returning to private practice. In 1993 he was the founding President of the Law Enforcement Legal Defense Fund (LELDF), a non-profit organization dedicated to providing legal assistance to police officers who run into difficulty in the line of duty. In the past 20 years LELDF has helped over 40 police officers around the country with legal assistance and financial support for their families. Over the years Dave was active in his support of Habitat for Humanity and the Special Olympics. Dave leaves behind his wife of 49 years, Carol Dianne (Briggs) Martin; two children, Jennifer Ruth (husband Peter) Minnelli and Charles David Martin; two grandchildren, Ruby and Marion Minnelli; two brothers, W. Keith Martin, Jr. (wife Phyllis), and Wayne Martin (wife Sandy), a sister, Kathy Gullick (husband David), and a sister-in-law, Lee Ann Martin (husband Gary, deceased). A memorial service will be held at Columbia Baptist Church in Falls Church, VA on April 10 at 2 p.m., followed by a reception, with interment in Arlington National Cemetery at a later date. Donations can be made in the name of David H. Martin to Habitat for Humanity (www.habitat.org) or Special Olympics (www.specialolympics.org). Murphy Funeral Home Falls Church, VA www.murphyfuneralhomes.comwww.murphyfuneralhomes.com
Published in The Washington Post from Apr. 3 to Apr. 7, 2014