CLARENCE MARTIN


CLARENCE JAMES MARTIN Clarence James Martin of Jensen Beach, FL, died April 5th in St. Petersburg, FL. Clancy, as he was known, was a retired college music professor and church musician. He was born October 24, 1926 in Lancaster, PA, the son of the late Rev. John H. Martin and Barbara Martin. After a brief period of military service in the U.S. Army, he earned degrees from Houghton College (NY), Indiana University, and his doctoral degree from the University of Cincinnati. His entire professional career was at Westminster College, New Wilmington, PA where he served as the choral director and 25 years as the Chairman of the Music Department. Highlights of his career were preparing the choirs for the yearly oratorio performances with the Youngstown (OH) Symphony. He was also the Director of the Youngstown Symphony Chorus for eleven years. Some of his most memorable experiences were the numerous European trips that the choirs took including performances in Westminster Abbey in London, Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris and St. Peter's Cathedral in Rome. In his retirement years, he planned and conducted foreign overseas trips for alumni groups. Survivors include his wife, Helen of Jensen Beach, Fl; four sons, Stephen and wife Tina of Albuquerque, NM, Barry and wife Sally of Canton, OH, Douglas and Jeffrey of Havertown, PA. Three grandchildren complete the immediate family: Drew, Ellen, and Peter. One sister and two brothers also survive him. A memorial service will be held at St. Mary's Episcopal Church in Stuart, FL on Wednesday, April 10 at 10:00am. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Westminster College in memory of Clarence J. Martin at Westminster College, Development Office, 319 Market St., New Wilmington, PA 16172. We hope that the proceeds may be used to create a Music Scholarship in Clarence's name. Paid Obituary

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Published in the TC Palm on Apr. 9, 2013