The Rev. Julian H. “Marty” Martin Jr., a retired U.S. Army colonel, 68, of Locust Grove, went home to be with the Lord on Friday, October 27, 2017.
He was born May 30, 1949, in Washington, D.C., to the late Julian and Mary Frances Martin.
After graduating from Virginia Tech in 1972, Col. Martin began his 26 years of service as a Military Intelligence officer in the United States Army. His first assignment was as a platoon leader at Ft. Hood, Texas. He went on to company commands in Okinawa, Japan and Camp Casey, South Korea. Following his attendance at Command and General Staff College at Ft. Leavenworth, Kansas, he served as the Executive Officer of the Intelligence Battalion at Field Station Misawa, Japan.
While stationed in Misawa, Col. Martin received the biggest surprise and the gift of becoming a father to his two girls within three weeks of each other. After returning from Japan, he attended the National War College at Ft. McNair, Washington, D.C., after which he commanded the 344th Military Intelligence Battalion at Goodfellow Air Force Base in San Angelo, Texas. Col. Martin then returned to the National Capital Region, where he completed his military service assigned to the Operations Staff of the National Security Agency at Fort Meade, Maryland.
After retiring from a life of military service, he was called to a different path of service and attended Wesley Theological Seminary in preparation for ordination as an Elder in the United Methodist Church. He then served as pastor for 16 years at Bethel United Methodist Church near Warrenton until he retired in 2016.
Survivors include his wife, Patricia Martin; two daughters, Sachi Carroll Elisabeth Martin and husband Michael Patrick McMillon and Catherine Susanne Martin; three stepchildren, Paul Clear, Wendy Fleming and husband Justin and David Clear and wife Jessica; a brother, Thomas John Martin and wife Jane; five grandchildren, Jay Fleming, Erica Clear, Elizabeth Fleming, Orion Clear and Griffin Clear and two nieces, Teresa Jane Martin Woodson and Emily Carroll Martin.
The family will receive friends from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, November 3, at Wilderness Community Church, 10501 Plank Road, Spotsylvania, Va. 22553. A Celebration of Life service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 4, at the church with Pastor Denise Walton officiating.
Interment with full military honors will be at Arlington National Cemetery at a future date to be arranged.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Wilderness Community Church, 10501 Plank Road, Spotsylvania, Va. 22553.