John Aloysius Martin

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JOHN ALOYSIUS MARTIN John Aloysius Martin, a banker in Santa Fe, Los Alamos and Albuquerque for many years, passed away Dec. 13, he was 92. He and his four siblings-Tom, Roberta, George and Pat--grew up in El Rito, between Abiqu¡u and Ojo Caliente. His father, George Martin, had come to New Mexico before statehood. John Martin's mother, Margaret Allen Martin, was an Irish nurse who had come to Santa Fe to work at St. Vincent Hospital. After the couple married, they lived in El Rito. George Martin, a graduate of Manhattan College, had been appointed as the first president of the Spanish American Normal School there (now Northern New Mexico College) because of his knowledge of many languages. After a change of administration at the state, he lost his job and the family moved to Pueblo, Colo., where John was born in 1922. After returning to El Rito, George Martin became a partner in the Sargent general store. He subsequently bought out Sargent; later his son Tom Martin and grandson Greg Martin ran the store until it closed in the early years of this century. Margaret Martin worked as a nurse in El Rito. The Martins also acquired a ranch, later managed by their son Pat, daughter-in-law JoAnn, and grandchildren Mike and Tim. They were members of the San Juan Nepomuceno Catholic parish. John Martin and his siblings attended the Normal School in El Rito. They worked on the ranch, rode their horses in the mountains, ice skated on the pond near their house, even set up an old truck engine to make a ski lift in El Rito Canyon. He graduated from the University of New Mexico in 1949 with a major in Spanish and a minor in business. One of his professors was Rub‚n Cobos, author of the dictionary of Northern New Mexican Spanish. During World War II he served in the U.S. Army in Texas, where he translated for Spanish-speaking recruits. His first banking job was with Albuquerque Federal Savings and Loan. He and Barbara McCain were married in 1951. Their two sons, Meade and Christopher, were born in Albuquerque. In 1964 John Martin joined the USAID Alliance for Progress, whose goal was to encourage the growth of a middle class in Latin America. The family spent almost four years living in El Salvador. Upon returning to New Mexico, the family lived in Santa Fe. John Martin was a loan officer at First National Bank of Santa Fe, president of United Savings and Loan in Los Alamos, Santa Fe branch manager for Albuquerque Federal, and on the board of Charter Bank for Savings. After retiring from the banking industry, he worked as a real estate agent with Jim Walsh's Adobe Realty. In 2012, the couple moved from their house near the Santa Fe Plaza to Ponce de Le¢n retirement home, where John Martin made many new friends among the residents and staff who appreciated him for his kindness and wit, joining legions of friends from across the state and around the world. He died from complications of a stroke, with his family present. Barbara, his wife of 63 years; sons Meade and Chris; daughters-in-law Jill and Robin; grandchildren Laura, Elliott, Sophie; and many other relatives survive him. Rosary will be at 3 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 21 at San Juan Nepomuceno church in El Rito. Funeral will be at 10 a.m., Monday, Dec. 22 at Cristo Rey church in Santa Fe. Friends and family are invited to a reception in his honor at La Fonda at 11:15 a.m. on Monday, following the funeral. Burial will be at 11:15 a.m., Tuesday, Dec. 23 at the National Cemetery. Rivera Family Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements: 505-753-2288. Instead of flowers, the family requests contributions to the Empty Stocking Fund.
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Published in Santa Fe New Mexican on Dec. 22, 2014
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