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DONALD W. "DUKE" MARTIN, 78, of Big Lake, passed away peacefully on Saturday, Dec. 8, 2012, at Parkview Regional Medical Center, Fort Wayne. Born May 10, 1934, in Fort Wayne, he was the son of Donald Martin and Mildred (Hartman) Martin-Baker. On June 4, 1955, he married Alice (Harrison) Martin at North Highlands Church of Christ, Fort Wayne. He worked as a machinist for 40 years with Kunkle Valve, Fort Wayne, retiring in 1994. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, golf, and sports, especially his Chicago Cubs, Colts and Indiana basketball. Survivors include his wife, Alice Martin of Big Lake; sons, Chris (Anna) Martin and Andy (Anna) Martin, both of Fort Wayne; daughter, Diana (Danny) Allen of Columbia City; eight grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; brother, William "Bill" (Janet) Martin of Big Lake; and four half sisters, Carla, Sue, Wendy, and Cindy. He was preceded in death by his parents. Funeral service is 11 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 13, 2012, at DeMoney-Grimes Countryside Park Funeral Home, 600 Countryside Drive, Columbia City. Pastor James Martin officiating. The family will receive friends from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2012, at the funeral home. Burial will follow service in Lindenwood Cemetery, Fort Wayne. Memorial gifts may be given in Mr. Martin's memory to a charity of donor's choice. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home. To send family condolences or sign the guest register book, please visit

Published in Fort Wayne Newspapers on Dec. 11, 2012
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