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Charles Edward MARTIN

May 4, 1953March 19, 2020

Charles Edward MARTIN was born on May 4, 1953 and passed away on March 19, 2020 and is under the care of Demaine Funeral Home.

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Chris Flores

April 1, 2020

I will miss Charles' humorous insights and his bold proclamations of fact and opinion. I did not know Charles well, but I'm glad I know him. God be with you till we meet again brother, and I give all my love and prayers to those that mourn him most.

Thomas Russell

March 29, 2020

Charles Martin was my friend and we talked nearly every day. He would call me, or if I didn’t hear from him, I would call him. He would share with me how his day had gone and then I often asked him what he had enjoyed best that day. He loved to cook and especially loved baking rye rolls. He found great joy in making a special sweet treat for his wife Larisa and more recently her mother who had joined them.

Charles was a man of bright intellect who was interested in many things, including the many faiths of the world, electronics and even simple things like how to make his favorite homemade soda. He traveled all over the world.

In recent months he enjoyed talking with me about his family, especially those in Kentucky. He was proud of their political history and talked about them with interest.

I will miss talking with my friend Charles, but I bear testimony that he still lives. He is now with our Father in Heaven and with his family who had gone before him. I look forward to being with him again and his sharing with me once again how much he enjoys baking rye rolls.

Sean O'Connell

March 29, 2020

I currently serve as Bishop of the Mount Vernon Ward of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Charles Martin joined our Church in 1993, and has been a beloved member of our local congregation since 2009.

Charles was a member of Mensa International, a group of people who all have an extremely high IQ. Yet Charles never took himself too seriously, and we enjoyed his warmth and humor.

I shared many experiences and have many fond memories of Charles, and two have stood out for me the most:

1. In 2016, several of us made a road trip to the Washington, DC Temple. Thomas Judd drove his van, Charles rode shotgun, and I sat immediately behind them. We had such an enjoyable time, and then had a great spiritual experience while at the Temple.

2. During the 2017 Christmas season, Charles introduced his favorite hymn, "O Holy Night", by sharing the story of its origin in our Sunday worship service. Then, he masterfully performed the song in American Sign Language while it was beautifully sung. I hope to share more about this particular experience (and hope others can share theirs) at an upcoming memorial service for Charles.

Bro. Charles - we look forward to seeing you in the eternities.
May the 4th be with you!


Bishop O'Connell

James Martin Daugherty

March 24, 2020

My cousin, Charlie, was a Freemason, of which he was rightfully proud. Our grandfather, Edward Hillary Martin, was also a Freemason. Charlie was very close to my grandfather, who he called E.H. (as did many of grandfather’s contemporaries) . They visited and corresponded frequently until my grandparents passed in 1972.

E.H. wore a gold ring with two diamonds, one on either side of the Masonic square and set of compasses that surrounded a ruby. The ring was part of my mother’s (Martha Jane Martin Daugherty) estate when she passed in 2014. When her children divided her possessions, I suggested that the ring should go to Charlie. I hadn’t heard from him since, but believe that they now enjoy each other’s company for eternity.

James Martin Daugherty

Jane Buckley

March 22, 2020

We, Julie and I, Chuck's sisters, cleaned out some of lhis living space today. He left some nice clothes that we were able to share with the poor. He also left some good bourbon. Which we drank.