MARTIN, Donald Woodson, 89, passed away peacefully on Sunday, September 9, 2012, at his home in Paris, Pa.
Don was born June 16, 1923 in Buckhannon, WV, the son of Woodson and Lucille Ward Martin.
Don was a graduate of Buckhannon High School, and was a World War II Navy Air Corps veteran, serving in the South Pacific, China and Okinawa.
He graduated from West Virginia Wesleyan College in Buckhannon with the Class of '48, and which was were he met the love of his life, Nancy Jane Phillips Martin, who preceded him in death. Don was a member of the Emeritus Club at WV Wesleyan College, a member of the Pittsburgh Consistory, Scottish Rite, and an active member of the First United and Christ United Methodist Churches of Weirton, where he enjoyed singing with the choirs. His love of music started in his youth as an award-winning trumpet player.
Don joined Monongahela Power Co. in 1950, and was transferred to West Penn Power Co. in 1957 as a commercial customer representative at Washington, Pa. He was the Keystone division customer services supervisor for West Penn Power at St. Marys, Pa. from 1965 until he transferred to the Mon Valley division in 1968. He retired as the supervisor of customer services and accounting at the company's Mon Valley division headquarters near Charleroi, with more than 29 years of service to West Penn Power.
He was past president of the Monongahela Industrial Development Corp.; past member of the Greater Charleroi Industrial Development Corp.; past member and former chairman of Washington County On-Job-Training Inc.; past member and president of the Charleroi Kiwanis; and a leading advocate for the Mon-Fayette Expressway during its infancy. He was a member of the Pittsburgh Consistory, Scottish Rite; former chairman of the Washington County Private Industry Council; former board chairman of the Monongahela United Methodist Church; past member and president of the Tri-State M.S. Association; and along with his sons, was a past member of the Neighborhood Boys Club in Monongahela.
After retiring in 1986, Don and Nancy spent much of their time enjoying life and their families, spending time between their home at Paris and Port Charlotte, FL. Don loved to play bridge and golf with family and friends, attend WVU games with the MS Club, and vacation with family.
In addition to his parents and his wife of 61 years, Don was preceded in death by his sister, Dorothy Martin Asbury.
Surviving are two daughters, care-giver Cindy Martin, formerly from Canaan Valley, WV, Sue Martin Kuebler and her husband David of Montgomery, Texas; two sons, Donald W. "Woody" Martin II and his wife Linda Jane of French Creek, WV, and Andrew P. Martin and his wife Amy of Arden, N.C. Don and Nancy were also blessed with nine grandchildren, one great- grandchild, and 13 nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in Don's name to: Christ United Methodist Church, 3598 Pennsylvania Ave., Weirton, WV 26062, or to West Virginia Wesleyan College, Emeritus Club, 59 College Ave., Buckhannon, WV 26201.
Visitation will be held at Steel & Wolfe Funeral Home, Inc., 380 Penco Road, Weirton, WV on Thursday, September 13 between 5-8 p.m., with a memorial service on Friday, September 14 at 11 a.m. at Christ United Methodist Church, 3598 Pennsylvania Ave., Weirton, WV with Pastor TIm Conrad officiating. Inurnment will be in Chestnut Ridge Cemetery, Paris, Pa.