Donald Snyder Martin, 80, of
10705 Oak Forest Drive, Hagerstown,
Md., died at 7:23 a.m. Thursday,
March 8, 2001, in Washington County
Hospital, Hagerstown. He was in
failing health for two years and
critically ill for two weeks.
Born Aug. 10, 1920, in
Emmitsburg, Md., he was a son of the
late David Nevin and Phoebe Helen
He was a member of Christ
Reformed United Church of Christ,
Hagerstown, where he was a Sunday
school teacher, deacon and elder. He
also taught Sunday school at other
churches, for a total of 28 years of
teaching Sunday school.
A 1938 graduate of Emmitsburg
High School, he attended Towson
(Md.) State Teachers College for 2
He then was drafted into the U.S.
Army. During World War II, he was a
staff sergeant and served in Europe.
While stationed in England with the
8th Air Corps, he flew 35 missions
over Germany as a flexible gunner on
a B-24 Liberator.
In 1946, he graduated from Bliss
Electrical School, Tacoma Park, Md.
Mr. Martin was U.S. government
civilian employee, having worked for
28 years at Fort Ritchie, near
Cascade, Md., with the 7th Signal
Command U.S. Army. He retired in
He was a member of Friendship
Masonic Lodge 84, AF&AM, Hagerstown;
Harrisburg Consistory; Zembo Temple
of Harrisburg; Franklin County
Shrine Club; South Chapter 2977 of
the American Association of Retired
Persons, Waynesboro; and AARP's
He and his wife, Pauline G. Hess
Martin, were married on June 16,
1946, in Hagerstown. They lived in
Waynesboro until moving in 1978 to
the present residence.
Besides his wife, surviving are
three sons, Donald Wayne of
Greencastle; Dennis W. of
Martinsburg, W.Va.; and Larry J. of
Hagerstown; three grandsons; two
stepgrandchildren; two stepgreat-grandchildren;
three sisters, Naomi G. Waynant of
Sabillasville, Md.; Helen E.
Hildenbrand of Belair, Md.; and
Ester J. Digiacinto of Baltimore;
two brothers, Sterling W. of
Waynesboro and Homer E. of
Baltimore; nieces; and nephews. Four
brothers preceded him in death.
Burial will be in Green
Hill Cemetery, Waynesboro, where the
Honor Guard of Charles Nitterhouse
Post 1599 Veterans of Foreign Wars
will conduct a military service.