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John (Jack) Martin, age 98, died at Westminster Health Care Center in Austin, Texas on January 12, 2010. Mr. Martin was born in Marion, Ohio on April 25, 1911, but he lived most of his life in Toledo, Ohio. He graduated from Purdue University in Civil Engineering. After college, he worked at Interlake Iron Corp., in Toledo, before being called for active duty in the US Army. He served with the F.A. Sound and Flash Battalion as a Major until 1945. For several years he worked with his father in the Martin Insurance Agency in Toledo. In 1953 he accepted a position in the Engineering department with Owens Illinois. When he retired in 1973, he was the Head Plant Engineer for the Research Department in Toledo. At his retirement, he and his wife, Gretchen, moved to Lakeway, near Austin, Texas. They lived their in a home that he designed and had built. In 1989, he and Gretchen moved to Westminster Manor. Gretchen died in 1999, just 6 months before their 65th wedding anniversary. While in Toledo, Mr. Martin was a Past President of the Lions Club, member of the Rubicon Masonic Lodge, the Scottish Rite and the Shrine Ben Hur Temple. He was also an active member of the Toledo and Austin Power Squadrons and taught numerous classes for them. After moving to Lakeway, Texas, Mr. Martin was the Village Clerk and Tax Assessor. He served on the Travis County Appraisal Board for several years. He and his wife were active members of the First Congregational Church in Toledo and St. David's Episcopal Church in Austin. His hobbies included Model Railroading and Needlepoint. Survivors include two children, Gay (John) Hendricks of Bella Vista, Arkansas, and George (Caroline) Martin of Rosemount, MN, a sister, Dr. Barbara Britsch, Toledo, Ohio, six grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren. A memorial service will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, January 14, 2010 at Westminster Manor Chapel. Memorial contributions may be made to St. David's Episcopal Church, 304 E. 7th Street, Austin, TX 78701 or the Westminster Residents Association, 4100 Jackson Avenue, Austin, TX 78731