Joseph J. Martin, 80

Jun 12, 2012

Searsport — Joseph J. Martin, 80, died June 9, 2012, following a brief illness.

Joseph Junior Martin was born Feb. 7, 1932, in Orrington, the son of Eli and Helen Martin. He attended school in Orrington, and was a veteran of the Air Force, Airman Second Class. Following his time in the service, he worked for Delta Chemical Co. in Searsport for 22 years, retiring in 1997.

Joe was an extremely generous, giving and caring person who loved spending time with his family and friends. He also enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping, four-wheeling and reading. He was a beloved husband, stepfather, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother and uncle, and will be dearly missed by all.

He was predeceased by his former wife of 30 years, Beatrice Overlock Martin, his parents, Eli and Helen Martin, two brothers; Arthur Martin and Camille Martin.

Joe leaves behind his wife, Gloria Martin, of Searsport; six stepchildren: Barbara McCall of Orlando, Fla., Linda Sprague and her husband, Timothy, of Chelsea, Herman Watson Jr. and his wife, Barbara, of Freedom, Donna Woodard of Winslow, Bonny York and her husband, Barry, of Augusta, Timothy Watson and his wife, Nova, of Garland; four grandchildren; five very special grandchildren, Scott Woodard of Dresden, Matthew Woodard of Orlando, Fla., DeAnn Watson of Garland, Janice Watson of Garland, and Wendy Dunbar of Searsport; 10 great-grandchildren and a great-great-grandchild; several nieces, nephews and cousins; and a very special niece, Karen Minkwitz, of Virginia Beach, Va.

A noon graveside service for Joe will be held June 23 at Grove Cemetery in Belfast. In lieu of flowers, the Martin family suggests memorial donations be made to Waldo County Hospice.

Arrangements are with the Riposta Funeral Home of Belfast. Online condolences may be offered to the family at

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