Old Saybrook - James A. Martin, 78, died Saturday, July 26, 2014 at Middlesex Hospital. Jim was son of Jean Raymond Martin (PÃ©rigueux, France) and Mary Baldwin Hauck (Toledo, Ohio). Jim's wife, Dorthe, died in 2012.
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Born in Toledo, Ohio March 9, 1936, Jim's family settled in Bellefontaine, Ohio, where he graduated high school in 1954. Jim excelled at tennis, played clarinet in the band, and developed a lifelong love of big band jazz music.
After graduating from Kenyon College in 1958 (president, Delta Kappa Epsilon Lambda chapter), Jim taught in France for a year before serving in the U.S. Army assigned to the 7th Army Symphony in Stuttgart, Germany. During his tour of duty, he met his wife-to-be, Dorthe Petersen, in Genoa, Italy, at the wedding of mutual friends.
Jim and Dorthe were married in 1962, lived in Ohio, then Sweden, then returned to the U.S. to settle in Old Saybrook.
He enjoyed a long career as an industrial engineer working for H.B. Maynard, Stanadyne and USCO.
In retirement, Jim enjoyed playing tennis at the Old Saybrook Racquet Club, working on the Becky Thatcher, maintaining his antique model trains, and playing clarinet and saxophone in local bands. After his wife died, he took up gardening.
Jim is survived by a sister, Joan; daughter and son-in-law, Christina and Tim; granddaughter, Mathilda; and cousins, John and Robert.
Calling hours will be from 4 to 6 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 2, at Fulton-Theroux Funeral Home, 13 Beckwith Lane, Old Lyme. Burial services will be private
Please visit www.fultontherouxoldlyme.com for photos, tributes, directions, and service information.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations in Jim's name to the Weiss Hospice and Palliative Care Unit at Middlesex Hospital, 28 Crescent St., Middletown, CT 06457.
Published in The Day on July 29, 2014