John Oliver Martin

June 12, 1927March 26, 2019

John Oliver Martin, MD, 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 2. 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 step children, 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 Center.

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 6-8 on Friday, March 29, 2019 where services will be held on Saturday, March 30, 2019 at 11:00AM. Interment will take place at 1PM on Tuesday, April 2, 2019 at Fairfax City Cemetery.

A Tribute Gift may be made to ServiceSource Foundation:

ServiceSource Foundation Attn: Alex Roos Manager, Donor Relations 10467 White Granite Drive Oakton, VA 22124


  • Visitation

    Friday, March 29, 2019

  • Funeral Service

    Saturday, March 30, 2019


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Bob Briggs

April 24, 2019

I am so sorry to hear of your dad's passing. He was a great guy.
As a member of the Potomac Valley Track Club, he always brought a smile to the starting line and
a clear-eyed vision to meetings. That was sometimes really in short supply :-)
It's funny how we get to know someone by association but never see the other sides of their lives
and personalities. I knew John as an easy-going but competitive runner and dedicated volunteer.
But I'll bet there are so many other sides to him that I never saw. I hope you get to share stories
with others from all parts of his life.
All the best,
Bob Briggs

Jay Jacob Wind

April 24, 2019

We will all miss him. He was a great volunteer leader of our club.
Thank you, Jay Jacob Wind, Secretary
Potomac Valley Track Club

Louise DiCaprio

April 24, 2019

All of us at NVSS want to express our sympathy for the loss of our long time member John. It was very sad to hear of his passing. Know that everyone who knew him mourns his loss.
With deepest sympathy,
All members at NVSS


March 29, 2019

I Love You So Much Daddy! I will miss you more than anything,

Robin Gailliot

March 28, 2019

Dr. Martin provided me with a fantastic place to grow up. His family became my BFF, Best Family Forever, when I was almost 4 yrs old. Peggy was the sister I never had. I remember the times Dr. Martin had to patched me up regularly in his home upon his return from work. His wife (1st) Mrs. Edith Martin was a second mother to me as I invaded her house every chance I got. Timmy, Michael and Jack were like step-brothers to me, but we won't go there... okay, LOL. I remember Dr. Martin working on his yard, which was huge, and still taking his kids fishing at other times. My dad would take Peggy with us to church for Sunday School every week, and afterwards we would attend Mass with Dr. Martin's family and they would bring me home with them since I lived across the street. He made sure we kids had what was needed to have fun. I remember he was a quiet man when he was listening and took his time answering your questions or making a comment. For a man that stood well above the average man he was a peace loving guy that gained your trust easily. Of course I love this man from the bottom of my heart. I met him after I had been orphaned and had a brand new life to start over with. The last time I saw him was at his 90th Birthday Party and I felt like family even then. What an Incredible Blessing Dr. John O. Martin and his wife Edith have been in my life. Can't wait to see them again, beyond the Pearly Gates.


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