Joe Martin Sr.

Joe N. Martin Sr.

CLARKSTON, Wash. - Joe N. Martin Sr., formerly of Salisbury, N.C., passed away at age 86 on Jan. 14, 2013, in Clarkston of age-related causes.

Joe was the fourth of 11 children born to Robert Lee and Eunice Martin. He was born in Anniston, Ala., and lived there before moving to Salisbury, N.C., where he spent the remainder of his youth. Joe enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1943 and served for the duration of World War II. He was a microfilm specialist and had several postings during the war, including Dutch Harbor, Alaska, at the time of the Japanese Aleutian Islands campaign.

Following WWII, Joe remained in the Navy and was retrained as an Aviation Photographers Mate. Joe's Navy career gave him the opportunity to travel throughout the world and participate in many important events. He was also a Korean War veteran, had his photographic work published in Life Magazine and was on the staff of the Supreme Allied Commander Atlantic Forces. Joe retired from the Navy in 1963, having risen to the rank of Chief Petty Officer.

After his military retirement, Joe continued to play a role in our national defense. He worked as a motion picture photographer and supervisor at Point Arguello Naval Station and at Vandenburg Air Force Base near Lompoc, Calif. During this time, he was deeply involved in development of America's spaceflight capability. Joe retired after many years of service to his country in August 1978.

Joe found the love of his life, Dot Petersen, in 1951 when they were both in the Navy and stationed at Pensacola, Fla. They married in1952 and had 57 years together. Joe and Dot lived near Anderson, Calif., for over 30 years after his retirement from the Civil Service, where they made a home they called El Rancho Tierra Rojo. Joe enjoyed his wood working shop, his large garden, golf and his many friends in the Fleet Reserve Association.

Joe is survived by his daughter, Sandra (husband Joseph) of Washington and son Joe Jr. (wife Susan) of New York; his sister Velma; brothers Paul, Billy and Ray of North Carolina; and grandchildren Kelly, Andrew, Phillip and Jamie.

Joe was preceded in death by his wife Dot (d. May 14, 2009); his parents; brothers Robert, Jimmy, Donald and Douglas; and sisters Laura and Nellie.

Interment will occur later this year at the Northern California Veterans Cemetery in Igo, Calif.

Memorials: In remembrance, the family suggests donations in Joe's name to the Fleet Reserve Association; 125 N. West St., Alexandria VA 22314 or online at www.fra. org/donate.

Published in Salisbury Post on Jan. 29, 2013