John MartinTo my dismay, I have learned of the death of our oldest club member, John Martin. I spoke to his son, Mike, today and he said his dad passed away June 11 at age 89.

John was an great artist. He joined us at Shoney’s one night and drew an excellent picture as he sat there. We have a piece of art that John painted and gave to us. I am going to get it framed and a plaque will be put on it dedicating it to his memory. It will hang at the UAC.

We all enjoyed his sense of humor. In one exchange, we were talking about Sir Isaac Newton. John told us that he knew him. Funny!

We will miss our friend. I have invited his son to our next meeting so that we can teach him how to use his dad’s scope.

Here is the obituary:

Martin, John P.
MARTIN, JOHN P., 89, of Louisville, passed away Wednesday, June 11, 2008, at Parkway Medical Center. He was a graduate of the class of 1939 1/2 from Dupont Manual High School, He was an Army veteran of World War II and landed at Utah Beach on D-Day and was in the 851st Engineer Aviation Battalion, a member of the Louisville Astronomical Society. He retired from Brown Foreman Distillery after 40 years as a Packer, he was an accomplished artist, and a member of Epworth Methodist Church and attended services at Farmdale Baptist Church. He is survived by his sons, Michael Martin and John R. Martin (Vicki); two grandchildren, Kelly Martin and Andrew Martin; a stepsister, Nancy Burt; and his beloved cat, “Coco” and beloved dogs “Sonny” and “King”. Funeral service will be held 2 p.m. Saturday at Evergreen Funeral Home, with visitation 3-8 p.m. Friday. Expressions of sympathy may be made to D.E.L.T.A. Rescue.