Mr. Jon Alan Martin, age 53, of Rome, formerly of Gwinnett County, passed away on Saturday, February 2, 2013, at a Rome hospital. Mr. Martin was born in Nashville, Georgia on January 6, 1960, to the late John Alfred Martin and the late Pearl Rutherford Martin. Because of his father’s career in the Air Force, the family lived in many U.S. states and Jon was able to start, and stay long enough to finish, elementary school while they lived in Japan which started his lifelong love of all things Oriental. Upon his father’s retirement, the family lived in Gwinnett County for a time but settled in Fort Myers, Florida where Jon attended Fort Myers High School and graduated a year early and he spent that year working on a cattle ranch in Central Florida as well as riding bulls in rodeos. At the age of 18, Jon started his career in law enforcement working for the Lee County Sherriff’s Department. When Jon was 21 the family moved back to Gwinnett County. Shortly after the move, his father passed away suddenly and Jon went to work for the Gwinnett County Police Department. Jon loved being a police officer, that wasn’t a job for him it was his calling. He was forced to leave the job due to his health after 25 years. He was a highly decorated Sgt. who spent many years not only on the road as an officer, but as a supervising Sgt. He always used to joke that he had done everything at the PD except ride motors and fly, however he always said he preferred to have a car around him not just be on 2 wheels like the guys on motors and since he wore glasses he thought his vision would keep him from getting a pilots license. While he didn’t actually do everything at the PD, he did enjoy working in the different divisions. While he worked in CID, he was in homicide, armed robbery, and the Crimes against Persons, especially the crimes against children. Jon was instrumental in writing that squad description. Jon along with an ATF agent that was attached to them and a couple of other officers, began the first gang unit for GCPD, also for several years he was attached to the FBI with the Metro Armed Robbery Squad -MARS. He was also the Sgt. in charge of the Burglary Squad, and he was very proud of his squad and of ‘his kids’. He was known as Big Jon Martin, or just Sarge but a lot of officers called him Papa Sarge. He was a big man with a huge heart. Over the years Jon studied at Dekalb Junior College, Gainesville College, Brenau University and at Shorter University and always made the Dean’s list. Survivors include his wife of 28 years, Catherine Martin; a brother, Mike Martin, Adairsville; a half-sister, Kay Griffin, Powder Springs; cousins, Carey and Brenda Bynum, Atlanta; David and Sandra Bynum, Atlanta; and Shelley Bynum Sharpe, Canada; brother-in-law W. Allen Martin III, Suwanee; sister-in-law Elaine Martin, Gainesville, Ga., nieces, and nephews and special family friend Inge Weed. In accordance to his wishes, Mr. Martin was cremated. The family will hold a private celebration of life at a later date. Condolences may be made online at www.hendersonandsons.com. Henderson & Sons Funeral Home has charge of the arrangements.