Richard C. Martin
1945-2013 Richard C. Martin (Dick), 68, passed away in mid-October, 2013, at his home in Pahrump, Nevada. Born on May 10, 1945, in Pittsfield, Mass., he was the son of the late Edward F. and Frieda (Tisdel) Martin. He grew up in Hinsdale and Dalton, Mass., which he loved. Dick heard a different drummer, but he liked the beat, so between the hard knocks and the lucky strikes, he lived an interesting and colorful life. He joined the Marine Corps in 1963 and served until 1967. A Vietnam vet, he was awarded several medals, including the Purple Heart. He graduated from U. Mass. Amherst in 1971; traveled through Europe for several months; and in 1974 he joined the Peace Corps and spent 6 months in El Salvador. He worked for many years in social services and the hospitality industry on the Cape, in Florida, and in Nevada. He also received a diploma as Investigative Specialist from Southern Technical Institute, joined a troupe of "old west" re-enactors called the Desert Drifters, and visited all 50 states. Dick loved to write, party, read, gamble, travel, and talk to people; he made friends easily and kept them forever; he was also very, very funny. He was proud of his accomplishments, his family, and his heritage, but most of all he was proud to be a Marine "Semper Fi." Dick is survived by three brothers, Edward G. Martin, Millbrook, NY; James E. Martin, Williston, Vt; his twin, Rev. David L. Martin of McLean, Va.; his sister, Louanne E. Marinos, Menands, NY, and several nieces and nephews. FUNERAL NOTICE: There will be no calling hours. A funeral Mass will be held at St. Patrick's Church in Hinsdale, Mass. on Saturday, Nov. 16, 2013, at 11:00 a.m., officiated by Father David Martin. Interment will take place at a later date in Arlington National Cemetery. Friends and relatives are invited to join the family at the Dalton VFW (address below) from 12 3 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made to the Dalton VFW, 366 E. Housatonic St., Dalton, MA 01226.
Published in The Berkshire Eagle on Nov. 12, 2013