Published in The Washington Post Mar. 29, 2019
DR. JOHN OLIVER MARTIN
John Oliver Martin, M.D., of Ashburn, VA, passed away on
March 26, 2019.
John was born on June 12, 1927 in Washington, DC, to
James O. Martin and Jeanne S. Martin.
Preceding him in death are his first wife, Edith Martin in 1999; son John O. Martin, Jr. in
2010; five brothers: James, Paul, Christopher (Henry), Jacques (Jack), and Joseph (Joe),
and one sister, Jeanette. Paul and Jack were killed in action in World War II. The Paul and
Jacques Martin Post of the Veterans of Foreign Wars in Falls Church was named for the
two brothers who were killed.
He is survived by his second wife, Dianne (Dody) Martin, his sons Timothy Martin of
Newark, DE, and Michael Martin of Vienna, VA, his daughter Peggy Suggs of Front
Royal, VA, Grandchildren Anne Martin of State College, PA, Jennifer Martin of Salisbury,
MD, Stacie Smith of Bear, DE, and Eric Martin of Newark, DE. He is also survived by a
sister, Kay Britto of Wrightsville Beach, NC and many nieces and nephews. John is also
survived by two stepchildren, James Pruett of Collierville, TN and Sarah Shamlal of
Vienna, VA, six step-grandchildren and seven step-great-grandchildren.
Having graduated from Western High School in 1945, John served in the US Army from
1945-1946. He graduated from Washington and Lee University in 1951 and from George
Washington Medical School in 1955. Dr. Martin was a Family Physician in Falls Church,
with a group in several locations in Northern Virginia, and at the Manassas Medical
John had a passion for track, and was on the track team in High School and College, and
with the Potomac Valley Track Team until age 85. He finished third in his age group in the
National Masters track meet in the 300 meter hurdles at age 65. He also served as Team
Doctor for Annandale and George C. Marshall High Schools' football teams.
He was a member of the Widowed Persons Service (WPS) of Fairfax County, where he
met his second wife Dody.
After retirement he spent his time fishing, gardening, playing softball in the N. Va. Senior
Softball League, and working in the house and yard. In his last years he lived at Ashby
Ponds Retirement Living Community in Ashburn, VA. He lived most of his life in Falls
Church, Arlington, Fairfax and Ashburn.
Visitation will be held at Demaine Funeral Home at 10565 Main Street, Fairfax, VA
22030 from 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday, March 29, 2019 where services will be held on
Saturday March 30, 2019 at 11 a.m.
Interment will take place at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, April 2, 2019 at Fairfax City Cemetery.
A Tribute Gift may be made to: Service Source Foundation Attn: Alex Roos Manager,
Donor Relations 10467 White Granite Drive Oakton, VA 22124