Ronald Lee Martin

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Despite his valiant attempts to escape it, death found Ronald Lee Martin, 74, on April 1, 2017. Ron possessed an outsized personality that inspired and drew others to him. He laughed often and loved much.To be loved by Ron was to truly understand what love could be. Ron accepted people where they were for who they were and inspired others to do the same. He defended his country, his friends, and his beliefs with an unparalleled tenacity. Ron passed withTori, his loving wife and partner of 21 years, at his side.

After graduating from Lewistown High School in 1961, Ron joined the United States Army. He served for 26 years, achieving the rank of Command Sergeant Major before his retirement. Ron's service spanned multiple tours of duty in Germany and around the United States;however, he was most proud of his service in Vietnam 1969-1970.

Following his military career, Ron returned to the federal workforce as a logistician for the US Army Corps of Engineers. Here, in addition to many other titles, he served as the Chief of Logistics for the Baltimore District. During this time he played a key role in disaster relief operations for both Hurricane Katrina and the attacks of September 11, 2001.

An avid citizen of the Maryland Renaissance Festival, Ron could be found every weekend from late August through October, often in tights, walking the woods of the festival and taking in the sounds of his favorite band Cu Dubh. Revel Grove will be the poorer not having Ron, in full regalia, holding up the end of the bar at the Boar's Head or sitting court at the White Hart Tavern.

A member of the Loyal Order of the Moose, Ron was honored in 2016 with the Fellowship Degree of Honor. At the time of his death he served as the Junior Governor of the Annapolis Moose Lodge #296.The Tuesday night cornhole league that he helped found will continue in his absence, just as he would have wanted.

Ron is survived by his wife, Tori; his daughter,Carol Seoane and her husband David; son, Ronald Martin Jr and his wife Tyana; his first wife, Francis; his sister, Linda Shade; and his three grandsons, Jared, Jayden, and Brandon. His parents, Jim and Lucy (Shirk) Martin, and his sister Sarah (Sally) O'Neal precede him in death.

Family and friends will be received Wednesday, April 5 from 10:00 to 11:30 at Hardesty Funeral Home, 851 Annapolis Rd, Gambrills, MD 21054, with a memorial service beginning at 11:30. Following the service there will be a celebration of Ron's life at the home of his dear friend Jack Taylor; 954 SevArden Rd, Crownsville, MD. In lieu of flowers, the family requests any donations to the University of Maryland Greenbaum Cancer Center, Infusion Center (UMMS Foundation, 110 S. Paca Street, Baltimore, MD, 21201) or to Moose Charities through the Annapolis Moose Lodge #296.

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Hardesty Funeral Home, P.A.
851 Annapolis Road
Gambrills, MD 21054
(410) 923-2601
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Published in The Augusta Chronicle on Apr. 4, 2017