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James Martin dies at 82

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Chesterton resident James Peter Martin, 82, died Wednesday, Oct. 28, at University of Chicago Hospital.

He was born in Chicago, the son of James R. and Catherine Martin, who preceded him in death.

He is survived by his wife, Nancy Martin of Chesterton; ten children, Sean Martin and Kevin Martin, both of Chicago, Kieran (Lisa) Martin of Libertyville, Ill., Siobhan Martin of Vernon Hills, Ill., Kael (Karen) Martin of Charleston, S.C., Deirdre Giese of Skokie, Ill., stepdaughter Rhiannon (John) Litus of Park Ridge, Ill., Tadhg (Kim) Martin of Evanston, Ill., Padraig (Nicole) Martin of Oxnard, Calif., and Fiona Martin of Chesterton; eight grandchildren, Meghan Martin (mother Sharon Martin) of Aurora, Ill., Eavan and Mackenzie Wallner of Vernon Hills, Ill., Christopher and Michael Martin of Charleston, S.C., Brynn Litus of Park Ridge, Ill., and Ellie and Moira-Kate Martin of Evanston, Ill.; sisters, Mary Catherine Landers of Treasure Island, Fla., Ann McManus of Toledo, Ohio, Therese Morse of Novato, Calif., and Rita (Frank) Bizzell of Louiseville, Ky.; and a brother, Michael (Staci) Martin of Akron, Ohio.

He was preceded in death by a brother, John Martin; a daughter, Moira C. Martin; and a stepson, Kirk Schmieg.

Jim served in the U.S. Navy in World War II and Korea, retiring as a commander. He attended Notre Dame University, obtaining a degree in economics, and Loyola University for his J.D. He then worked in Chicago as a lawyer in private practice, the American Bar Association, as legal council at the University of Illinois Chicago Medical Center, and as a labor arbitrator. He continued to work in labor arbitration after returning to Chesterton, where he resided for the past 25 years.

Jim belonged to the National Academy of Arbitrators, the Chicago Yacht Club, the Great Lakes Cruising Club, and the Knights of Columbus at St. Patrick Catholic Church.

Jimís passions were his children, God, Country, and Notre Dame, sailing, and telling stories. In 1977 he sailed across the Atlantic to the Mediterranean with eight of his children aboard the Slainte. In more recent years he sailed Lake Michigan or in Canada around Manitoulin Island on the Rainbow.

Funeral mass is scheduled for 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 7, at St. Patrick Catholic Church.

Memorials may be made to the Children of St. Patrick School.


Posted 11/2/2009