Martin Henry Green, 55, of Madison, passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, July 25, 2013, at Akron City Hospital, because of injuries he sustained from a fall at work.
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He was born July 29, 1957, in Painesville, to Linda (Sprague) and Joseph Green. He married Deborah A. Pivonka on Aug. 29, 1981. He had worked in the Maintenance and Irrigation Department at Lake County Nursery since 1982.
Martin was a 1975 graduate of Madison High School and was a longtime member of Immaculate Conception Church (ICC) where he was a Fourth Degree Knight of Columbus. He was an active member of the ICC softball league where he had served as coach, umpire and commissioner for over 20 years. Marty also volunteered with the Boy Scouts of America, helping his son, Jacob, to become an Eagle Scout.
He was a lifelong resident of the Green Farm and enjoyed growing corn, pumpkins and other fall decorations. Marty was well-known locally for his cheerful attitude and holiday spirit while selling Christmas trees for the last 27 years. He enjoyed fishing, assembling puzzles and watching Cleveland sports, especially the Indians.
Marty cherished time spent with family and friends and was always willing to lend a helping hand. Marty was a devoted husband for the past 31 years and he was a loving and proud father of his four children. Everyone who had the pleasure of knowing Marty felt his kind spirit and warm heart.
Marty was a giver both in life and in death as he was awarded The Gift of Life Donor Medal for his donation of organs, eyes and tissue to those in need. His gift will help over 40 individuals in many lifesaving ways.
He is survived by his wife, Deborah Green of Madison; children, Tiffany Green of Wooster, Jesse Green of Madison, Natalie (Dan) Sisler of Painesville and Jacob Green of Madison; parents, Linda and Joseph Green of Madison; in-laws, Katherine and James Pivonka of Madison; brother, Joseph Green of Madison; sisters, Judith Weber of Perry, Sharon (Rick) Daugherty of Madison and Patricia (Rob) Wyant of Perry; brothers-in law, James (Jill) Pivonka of Camphill, Pa., Thomas (Margaret) Pivonka of Madison, Timothy (Virginia) Pivonka of Carrollton, Texas; sisters-in-law, Laura (John) Caswell of Ashtabula, Catherine (David) Rowan of Madison, Sheri (Steve) Kerestman of Concord; 16 nieces; seven nephews; 13 great-nieces and nephews; and many cousins and close friends.
He was preceded in death by his brother-in-law, Lawrence Weber.
Friends will be received from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 31, and 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 1, 2013, at The Behm Family Funeral Home, 26 River St.
Mass of Christian Burial will be 11 a.m., Friday, Aug. 2, 2013, at Immaculate Conception Church, 2846 Hubbard Road, Madison. Final resting place will be in Middle Ridge Cemetery, Madison.
In lieu of flowers, contributions in Marty's name may be made to Lifebanc, 4775 Richmond Road, Cleveland, OH 44028 or to the ICC Softball Field Improvement Fund, 6008 N. Ridge Road, Madison, OH 44057.
Behm Family Funeral Home & Crematory
26 River Street Madison, OH 44057
Published in www.News-Herald.com from July 30 to July 31, 2013