- Jay Joseph Martin, 82, died Jan. 14.
He was the husband of Sherry J. Martin. They were married in 1974. He was the former husband of Anita "Tink" (LeBlanc) Martin. They were married in 1944 and divorced in 1973.
Mr. Martin was born in Youngstown, Ohio. He attended the University of Colorado before transferring to Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he studied engineering. A member of ROTC, he was called to active duty in the Army during his senior year at MIT. After training at Fort Benning, Ga., he entered the 69th Infantry Division as a lieutenant. He served with that division in the Battle of the Bulge, Leipzig, the Remagen Bridge-Torgau and behind the lines in Eastern Europe, ultimately attaining the rank of captain.
In 1946, he returned home to repeat his senior year and graduate from MIT. After graduating, he entered the General Electric Test Program and later joined the heating and air conditioning headquarters in New Jersey. A heating and air conditioning engineer, he also produced several company musical shows and was a founder of the Charles Seller Foundation and Talent Time shows, written and produced by teens to assist disabled teens.
During the Korean War, he was recalled to active duty and assigned to the Picatinny Arsenal in New Jersey, serving as a specialist in thermodynamics and explosives.
In 1952, he and his first wife moved to Melrose. He was a comptroller and director of supporting services for Arthur D. Little Co. in Cambridge and also developed ADL's Acorn Park facility. While in Melrose, he was a member of Massachusetts Professional Engineers, Associated Industries of Massachusetts and the Melrose Planning Board. He attended Melrose Unitarian Church.
In 1962, Mr. Martin and his family moved to Weston, where he and his partners bought Model Shop and formed a new company, Spider Inc., and a corporation, AMDEK, developing products for metal working and the medical industry, among others. While in Weston, he was active with Boy Scouts.
After marrying his second wife, they made their home in Weston for 14 years. When he retired in 1988, they moved to Falmouth and established Computers Without Fear in Mashpee, a branch of their business in Boston. They later worked together in real estate restoration and property management and were members of First Congregational Church of Falmouth.
Mr. Martin was a patient at the Royal Nursing Home in Falmouth since July 2003.
Besides his wife and former wife, survivors include two daughters, three stepchildren, and seven grandchildren.
A service will be held at 11 a.m. today at First Congregational Church of Falmouth.
(Cape Cod Times (Hyannis, MA) — Sat., 24 Jan 2004)