Donald Eugene Martin, Sr.

Donald Eugene “Don” Martin, Sr., age 85, of Lawrenceville, Georgia, died November 5th, 2005 at St. Joseph's Hospital in Atlanta. Don was a unique individual with a wonderful sense of humor who helped touch many lives in spite of being a very private person. He dearly loved his family and friends, but especially his late wife who was affectionately known as “Charlie.” She preceded him in death in April of 2005 and had been deeply missed by him after being married for over 65 years. Mr. Martin was a member of the First Baptist Church of Lawrenceville and served in the 86th Infantry Division in Europe during World War II. He received the Jaycees “Great American Award” in 1979 for his diligent work with the City of Lawrenceville as general superintendent, and because of his vast knowledge of the workings of the City from which he recently retired after 40 years of service. Don had many hobbies and interests through the years which included golfing, fishing, boating, horseback riding, motor cycling, bird watching and most of all flying. He spent many wonderful hours flying his Cessna 172 around the area and to different parts of the U.S. His ancestors have lived in Lawrenceville for at least three generations, and he was proud of his hometown where he was born February 21, 1920. He was preceded in death by his parents Peter Kuhl Martin, Sr. and Bonnie Inez Baugh Martin, his sister Kathryn Kuhl Martin, and his brother Peter Kuhl “Boots” Martin. Mr. Martin is survived by his sister Clara Cornelia Martin Hood of Dacula, his two children to whom he was a wonderful father - Donald E. Martin, Jr. and his wife Brenda of Dacula, and Linda Martin Taylor and her husband Michael Dow Taylor, Sr. of Jackson, MS. And his adored six grandchildren and four great grandchildren, Stacy Martin Gusek and Craig of Lawrenceville, Kathryn Ruth Martin Pierce and Curt of Braselton, Donna Meghan Martin of Dacula, Melissa Taylor Solberg and Erik of Jackson MS, Michael Dow Taylor, Jr. of Raleigh, NC, and Tatum Taylor Fichthorn and John of Darren, CT. Great grandchildren, Avery Madison and Ashley Morgan Pierce of Braselton, and Taylor Reese Fichthorn of Darren, CT, and Hoyt Martin Solberg of Jackson, MS. Funeral services will be held Monday, November 7th, 2005, 11 A.M. at Wages Lawrenceville Chapel with Dr. Lamar Holley officiating. Interment Gwinnett Memorial Park. The family will receive friends Sunday from 4-7 P.M. at the funeral home. Those desiring may make donations to the American Heart Association or the First Baptist Church of Lawrenceville Building Fund in memory of Donald Eugene “Don” Martin, Sr. Tom M. Wages Funeral Service, Inc., 770-963-2411, www.wagesfuneralhome.com.