Martin Avolt
Martin David Avolt, DVM

Martin David Avolt, DVM, died early Thursday, August 17 2012 as the result of an auto accident in Dunedin, Florida while visiting his son and family in Palm Harbor.

Dr. Avolt was born in Springfield, IL on December 20, 1941 and was raised by his grandparents, Marie and Gus Barth. He married Donna Hart in Rockford, IL in May 1965.

He was educated in the Lutheran schools in Springfield. He earned his BS degree in Biology and Chemistry from IL College, Jacksonville. He received his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from the University of IL in 1969 and interned at Purdue University School of Veterinary Medicine, then serving as an Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine at Purdue, before starting his own private practice in West Lafayette and Oxford in 1973.

He was elected Tippecanoe County Coroner in 1984 after serving as a deputy under Dr. William Sholty. He has served in the coroner's office since. As Coroner, he was instrumental in raising the professionalism of the office, helping to write the legislation in 1993 that required all Coroners and deputies to become trained, state certified and requiring continuing education. Dr. Avolt was the first veterinarian to be elected as a Fellow of the American Academy of Forensics Sciences in 1979. Doc had served as President of the Indiana Coroners Association in 1992 and a longtime board member. He had also served as the Executive Director of the Indiana Coroners Training Board 1994-1998.

'Doc' is considered by many, as the 'Dean of Indiana Coroners'. His willingness to counsel, assist or advise those seeking his wisdom and experience has been a tremendous asset over the years, not only to coroners but to the families being served as well. His proudest accomplishments are the students and colleagues he has mentored through the years that achieved the great heights "Dr Dave" knew they were capable of.

They have two biological children, Kathleen Eagan Avolt, Lafayette and Geoffrey Barth ( wife Dawn) Avolt of Palm Harbor, FL. His greatest loves in this world were his grandchildren: Spencer David Avolt age 14, Abbigail Grace and Sydney Anne Avolt, both 11. Also surviving are their two surrogate children: Lisa Barker (Dennis) of Romney and Dr. Bruce Bernacky (Samantha) of Bastrop, Texas.

In keeping with his wishes, there will be a celebration of his life at a later date. Family and Friends Funeral Home in Wingate is assisting the family with arrangements. The family requests in lieu of flowers donations may be made to Tippecanoe County Extension Program (4-H), Food Finders School Backpack Program or Indiana State Coroners Association Scholarship Fund. Envelopes will be available at the service or may be mailed to the funeral home. The date for the service will soon be announced. Visit us online to leave condolences/memories at

Published by Journal & Courier on Aug. 18, 2012.
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So sorry that Dave is no longer with all of us. There must be a huge gap in your life! He had a huge heart! Let us know if you need help around the homestead. We'd love to!
Ron & Cindy Raber
September 8, 2012
Donna- My thoughts and prayers are with you. Please let me know if I can do anything to help you. I'm sure Mom was thrilled to welcome one of her dear friends into Heaven!
Cyndi Bodin
September 5, 2012
We cannot express the grief we are feeling with such a great loss. He was an unbelievable man who left this world a better place because of who he was and how he lived his life! He saved all of our lives when dad died many years ago. The comforting thought I have is knowing my dad has his best friend home at last!
Aimee Lavignette Spack and family
August 29, 2012
Tom and I are so sorry for your loss. Words cannot express our sorrow for you and your family at this time.
Tom & Phyllis Hoyer and Families
Phylli Hoyer
August 27, 2012
To Geoff and family. Our deepest condolences to you and your loved ones. Maudlin & Son Mfg Co.
Maudlin Products
August 27, 2012
Donna and family, My thoughts and prayers are with you. Dr. Avolt was such a kind , wonderful neighbor and friend through the years, he will be missed by many.
Marilyn Weber
Marilyn Weber
August 22, 2012
sorry for your loss
ron& mary fair
August 21, 2012
Donna, My deepest sympathies to you and your family. Dave's passing is a real loss to our community. As one who worked with him for many years, I know the tremendous contribution that he made. You are in my prayers. John Meyers
John Meyers
August 21, 2012
Dave was our veterinarian for years as well as friend. He and Donna are such caring, wonderful people. Many will miss him. Great sympathy to Donna and all Dave's family.
Veronica Blann
August 20, 2012
Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Avolt family. Our prayers are with you Kathy and Geoffrey. We are so sorry to hear of your loss. Your Dad was a great man that we always looked up to. We love you guys.

Jeff and Penny Buck
August 19, 2012
Donna and family,
Our thoughts and prayers are with you. I will always remember Dr. Avolt as a tremendous mentor. He will greatly missed by all who knew him.
Amy Rader and Bruce Biggs
August 19, 2012
Mrs. Avolt,
I am sorry for your loss. My prayers are with you.

AJ Pheasant
August 18, 2012
Mrs.Avolt and family: Im so sorry for the loss of your husband and father. I have many wonderful memories at your house as a young girl, you'll all be in my thoughts and prayers. Becky Hartlep Hurst Lafayette In
August 18, 2012
We are very very sorry and deeply saddened to learn this news. We cannot begin to imagine what your family is enduring as you face this tragedy. Please know you and your entire family are being held very close in thought and prayer during this painfully difficult time. Heartfelt condolences and many hugs for each of you. ?
Jay Ard & Debra Jo Endres-Ard
August 18, 2012
Dr.Avolt was a blessing after my daughter was shoot and killed.My heart goes out to the family and prayers.
Kim Lawson
August 18, 2012
My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Steve Rowland
August 17, 2012
He was the kind of intern who challenged you and wanted you to do the right thing. He definitely 'wore a white hat". Wish I had kept in touch with him over the last 40 years, but alas I didn't.
August 17, 2012
The world has lost a terrific man. Thoughts and prayers to the Avolts.
Nikki Benner
August 17, 2012
Dr. Avolt was our vet who was so kind to our loving pets. Thru the years we had to put down 2 dogs & he never charged a cent. It's sad to know such a good man who did so much for animals/people is gone.
maryjane & mike pluimer
August 17, 2012
Kathy, Thinking of you and your family in your time of sorrow, please know you all are in my thoughts and prayers
Terri Droulos
August 17, 2012
I worked with Doc over several years and many cases. He was simply the best. A tragic loss for Tippecanoe County and law enforcement.
Tom Leach
August 17, 2012
Dr. Avolt was such a blessing to me after my son's death just over a year ago - so compassionate and understanding. Very sad to hear this news and send my thoughts and prayers to his family. God's blessings for comfort & peace to all of you.
August 17, 2012
So sorry to hear about your father.. He was such a wonderful man who helped my siblings and I out when our father passed away back in 1993.. Prayers to you and your family on his passing!!!
Edith (Bellah) Keller
August 17, 2012
My thoughts and prayers go out to the Avolt family. God Bless all of you during this difficult time.
Oneta Tolle
August 17, 2012
Donna: We casnnot express how sorry we are to hear about Dave. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and yours. If there anything we can do, please let us know.
Cheryl and Jerry Bean
August 17, 2012
Dear Donna, Kathy and Geoff, I was so caugh of guard when I opened the JCOnline and saw that Dr. Avolt had been killed in an accident. I had known him since he came to Purdue as an intern and have stayed in contact, in a way, with him ever since. He was such a kind person and even came to my home to euthanize my dog...what a wonderful friend. My prayers and thoughts are with you all.
Debbie Goldsmith
August 17, 2012
My prayers and thoughts are with Donna and the Avolt family. Dr. Avolt was a wonderful person to work with in my time spent with him.
Ralph Williams
August 17, 2012
My deepest sympathy to you, Donna, Kathy and Geoff and family. You have lost a wonderful husband and father and we have lost a good friend.
Susan Sholty Verellen
August 16, 2012
So sorry for your loss, our prayers and thoughts are with you all.
Chris Landrum
August 16, 2012
Dave was an amazing and wonderful person whose untimely loss will leave a huge hole in many lives. Donna & Kathy... our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family in this trying time.
Margaret, Michael, Josh & Joe Anderson
August 16, 2012
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