MARTIN SECREST
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SECREST Martin Adams Secrest An accomplished broadcaster, musician and engineer, Martin Adams Secrest had the rare ability to both command a stage and build it. From splicing tapes in a production studio to customizing his own guitars in a basement shop, Martin was a meticulous craftsman behind the scenes, and a creative performer when the curtain went up, engaging audiences and always making those around him sound better. Beyond his prodigious skills, both artistic and technical, a dry wit, a penchant for fun and a passion for shared adventures built an enduring legacy among friends and colleagues as diverse as his interests. In short, Martin played well with others. Martin Secrest, 63, passed away unexpectedly at home on August 15, 2020, in Arlington, Virginia. He was witty, generous, entertaining, and well-loved by all who knew him. A long-time resident of Arlington, Virginia, Martin was born in Washington, DC, and spent most of his early years in Chevy Chase, Maryland. After graduating from his beloved Kenyon College, Martin began a career in radio. He worked at several radio stations in Monticello, New York, and Washington, DC, including WMAL for many years, as a producer and engineer. He enjoyed many years of watching the Washington Capitals play up close while working on the WTOP broadcast as a side-gig. He finished his career as an executive producer in television at Voice of America News Center. Martin enjoyed a multitude of hobbies, including karting, playing basketball, and dri ving and tinkering with his 1971 Triumph TR6. Aside from his family, Martin's most beloved treasure was music in all forms, which led him to his radio career. An accomplished electric guitarist, Martin played in Left on Lincoln, a band that played regularly in local bars in Arlington, Bethesda, and at various National Mall activities. He also co-founded and led Zack, Jack and Jake, a jazz-soul-funk combo that showcased Martin's exceptional gifts of improvisation and musicality. Martin also enjoyed building, repairing and modifying guitars, often performing with guitars he had built himself. Martin was a husband, father, brother, son, stepson, and friend who was loved by all who met him. His marriage to Moira Muccio Secrest in 1997 and his children, Declan, 19, and Anna, 17, brightened his life and he was devoted to each of them immensely. This is his biggest legacy. Martin's other love was spending time every summer since childhood at Lakeside, Ohio, with grandparents, parents, siblings, cousins, and other family. He could be found on the porch of his cousins' cottage, watching the lake, playing guitar, and entertaining family with jokes and his self-deprecating wit. He is survived by his wife, Moira Muccio Secrest, and his children, Declan, 19, and Anna, 17 of Arlington, Virginia. He is also survived by his mother, Meryle Secrest Beveridge, a well-known biographer, recipient of a White House medal, his stepfather, Tom Beveridge of Washington, DC, his brothers, Cary Secrest of Silver Spring, MD , his half-brother, Jonathan Secrest of Brattleboro, VT, his sister, Gillian Clark of Gilbert, AZ, and his half-sister, Amy Secrest Cropp of Bethesda, MD, and eight nieces and nephews. He is also survived by his brother-in-law, Colum Muccio of Guatemala City, Guatemala, and sister-in-law, Sheila Muccio of Relay, MD. Martin was predeceased by his father, David Secrest, a political scientist and child prodigy pianist and his stepmother, Helen Pietrowski Secrest, a pediatric nurse and clinical research nurse. A small gathering of family and friends will be held in Arlington, Virginia in the next few weeks. Contributions in his memory may be made to: Guitars not Guns https://www.guitarsnotguns.org/ Lakeside https://www.lakesideohio.com/giving/today ARCAS https://arcasguatemala.org/ARCAS https://arcasguatemala.org/

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Published in The Washington Post on Aug. 27, 2020.
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September 10, 2020
Martin will be sorely missed, a true friend and a great soul. May your memories bring you comfort and peace.
Ruth Huggler
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September 8, 2020
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September 4, 2020
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Chris and Alison
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September 1, 2020
What a shock. Thinking of Martin’s family, friends, and children. Always a pleasure to see at the track. God Speed, my friend.

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Brandon Taylor
Family
August 31, 2020
My heart goes out to Moira and the kids for the loss of Martin. I didn't know Martin, but I know Moira. We talked about our kids and our families and our lives, and I constantly saw the spark and the love that she had for Martin and her family. I loved hearing about their family trips and Moira's proud sweet references to all of Martin's amazing hobbies and interests. I am so sorry for your loss.
Ellen Lawton
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August 31, 2020
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Katie Horton
August 31, 2020
Martin contributed memories and erudite comments on our K80s (Kenyon 80s alumni) FB page on a broad array of topics. Very recently he posted photos of his family’s visit to The Hill (the college campus). He will be missed very much.
Jan Richardson
Friend
August 27, 2020
I am heartbroken...what a loss.
Scott Dixon
Friend
August 27, 2020
Martin was a very special guy. As his reporter-colleague at VOA back in the 1990s, he would often play ultra-longform stories that I wrote, even if it meant squeezing the format. One that he and I especially enjoyed had to do with "hillbilly stereotypes," based on many hundreds of back road miles in Appalachia. I liked his calm demeanor, and the sense that with him, mischief and wit were only a couple of layers away underneath his truly gentlemanly persona. I was very sorry to hear him about his death, but am somewhat, if incompletely, heartened to read about what a full life he lived, and the many people - family and friends - whom he loved, and who really loved him in turn. My heart goes out to all of them.
Adam Phillips
Coworker
August 27, 2020
Martin was one of my closest competitors, best customers, best friends at the track. I only wish i had taken in one of his musical performances. What a loss for all of us.
Kev Meiser
Family
August 27, 2020
I actually know Moira rather than Martin, but still remember the times I was in their home and saw the cozy intimacy and affection they shared--even just in the moments when he passed by us working in the dining room on his way to the kitchen. Just a little joke between them, a smile, a peek by Martin at the goodies spread out amongst our papers, and above all, the look in Moira's eyes as she offered him a taste. Love to Moira, Declan and Anna and all those who are missing this gentle, joyful soul, rest in peace, Martin!
Michele Chang
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