JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - John "Marty" Martel, 75, of Jacksonville, passed away Saturday, Nov. 17, 2012. He was born on March 4, 1937, in Manchester, N.H., to parents Joseph and Albina Martel.
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He served his country in the U.S. Navy for 30 years, retiring as command master chief of Naval Air Station Cecil Field. He had lived in the local area since 1973, moving here from Warwick, R.I. Mr. Martel was a member of St. Matthew Catholic Church as well as the Fleet Reserve Branch 91, VFW Post 7909, Navy Airship Association and was a member of the All Navy Volleyball Team. He enjoyed golfing and will be dearly missed by his loving family and friends.
Survivors include his wife, Doris C. Martel; son Daniel John Martel (Cynthia) of Edmond, Okla.; daughters Debbie Rogers (Sam) of Orange Park, and Leslie Gale Turner of Winsted, Minn.; and grandchildren, Alexis, Addison and Asher Martel, Martelle and Eric Rogers, and Tyler and Hunter Turner.
services: Father Jose Kulathinal will celebrate a memorial Mass at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 27, at St. Matthew Church, 1773 Blanding Blvd., Jacksonville. A private interment will be held at the Jacksonville National Cemetery with full military honors conferred.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to the Disabled American Veterans Association.
Please sign the family's online guestbook at broadusraines.com. Arrangements are under the direction of Broadus-Raines Funeral Home, 501 Spring St., Green Cove Springs, FL 32043, (904) 284-4000.
Published in Union Leader on Nov. 25, 2012