C. Martin Denlinger Jr. (1945 - 2014)

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C. Martin Denlinger Jr.

Washington - Carl Martin Denlinger Jr., a former advertising consultant, publishing entrepreneur, and political science instructor and former resident of Norfolk, died January 17, 2014, in Washington after a brief illness. He was 68.

Martin was the beloved life partner of nearly 38 years of Gregory M. Chronister; the son of the late Carl M. and Annette (Cobb) Denlinger; the brother of John A. and Daniel P. Denlinger; and the proud uncle of Althea Denlinger.

He was born in Dayton, Ohio, on September 25, 1945. He was a 1967 graduate of the College of Wooster and earned a master's degree in political science from Ohio University.

He taught political science in the early 1970s at what was then Norfolk State College. He became active in Norfolk-area publishing ventures, including with The Ghent Press, the legendary alternative newspaper founded by C.D. ("J.R.") Green Jr., and then as the co-founder and publisher of Tidewater After Dark, an arts and entertainment paper. He later was a self-employed advertising consultant and copywriter. He had lived in Washington since 1985.

Martin also had a lifelong interest in all forms of transportation, as well as in coal mining, steelmaking, and other industrial processes. He had an encyclopedic knowledge of Lionel trains, the history of model railroading, and postwar American automobiles. He enjoyed traveling in New England and the Great Lakes region, and he believed that no vacation was complete without a boat ride, whether through the Soo Locks at Sault Ste. Marie, Mich., or aboard the M/S Mount Washington (his favorite) on Lake Winnipesaukee in New Hampshire.

He had a sharp intellect, a curmudgeonly wit, and a warm heart. He will be greatly missed by family and friends. A memorial reception will be held February 8, 1 to 4 p.m., in the Van Ness Room, Van Ness North Cooperative, 3001 Veazey Terrace, N.W., Washington.

Memorial contributions may be made to: Food & Friends, of Washington, at www.foodandfriends.org.
Published in The Virginian Pilot on Feb. 2, 2014