Roland R. DeMartin, DDS Mason Roland Robert DeMartin, 95, of Mason, died February 22, at home following a brief illness. He was born May 4, 1918, in North Adams, Massachusetts, the son of Joseph and Teresa (DePratti) DeMartin. Rollie attended Flint Northern High School. Immediately after graduating from the University of Michigan School of Dentistry, he entered active duty at Great Lakes Naval Base. He moved to Mason in 1946, where he practiced dentistry until his retirement in 1985. Rollie remained in the active Naval Reserve, retiring in 1978 as a Commander in the Navy Dental Corps. He was married to his wonderful wife, Louise, for 63 years. She died in January 2009. Also preceding him in death was his sister Eleanor. He was a former board member and President of the Mason School Board, life member of the American Legion and an honorary life member of the Country Club of Lansing, where he golfed into his nineties. An avid bow hunter, he met and hunted with Fred Bear, who designed an early recurve bow for him. He also loved to fly fish and camp in the Michigan woods. A great all-around athlete and sports fan, he enjoyed following both the Spartans and the Wolverines. Through his dental practice and community involvement, Rollie was blessed to meet and have a lasting influence with many of his patients, friends, and his children's friends. He cared about others and was impactful as a role model because of his personal integrity and values. He was a trusted and respected member of the community. Survivors include four children: Diana of Chicago, Daniel (Judi) of Mason, Barbara of Los Angeles, and Douglas (Valerie) of Summit, NJ; eight grandchildren: Lisa (John) Conmy, Brian (Jennifer) Heaton, Lucy (Jonathan) Prior, Joseph (Jenna) DeMartin, Douglas DeMartin, Louise DeMartin, Isabelle DeMartin, and William DeMartin; four great-granddaughters: Olivia, Charlotte, Grace and Eloise; and two nephews and their families. Cremation has taken place. No funeral services will be held. A family memorial service will be held in the spring in Millburn, Illinois. If desired, donations in Rollie's memory may be sent to the Kellogg Eye Center, University of Michigan Office of Development, 1000 Wall Street, Ann Arbor, MI 48105. The family is being served by Gorsline Runciman Funeral Homes, Mason Chapel. Condolences and memories may be shared with the family at www.grbdmason.com.
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Published in Lansing State Journal from Feb. 23 to Mar. 2, 2014