Martin Wayne Berman

January 29, 1946November 29, 2012
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Loving husband, devoted father and grandfather, he passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, November 29, 2012. He was 66. He was a native of Los Angeles and resident of Baton Rouge. He was a retired Baton Rouge Police Officer, having served 28 years and retiring with full honors. Marty also served his country during the Vietnam War in the U.S. Navy. He continued to work part time at BREC Fitness Center after his retirement. He enjoyed watching arena football and attending games. Visiting will be at Ourso Funeral Home, Gonzales on Monday, December 3, 2012 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Visiting will resume on Tuesday from 10 a.m. until religious service in the funeral home chapel at noon. Burial to follow in Oak Lane Memorial Park, Prairieville. He is survived by his adoring wife of 10-and-a-half years, Darlene Smith Berman; two daughters, Jerilynn Melancon and husband, Richard, and Lorrie Blanchard and husband, Brett; step-daughter, Angel Marino and husband, Anthony; son, David Berman; brother, Jay Berman and wife, Irene Machuca; grandchildren, Julie, Rachel, and Ross Melancon, Brandt and Alexis Blanchard, and Jo-E, Brodie, and Kollin Marino; brothers-in-law, Ronnie Smith and his wife, Kathy, and Donnie Smith and his wife, Linda; sister-in-law, Lisa Smith; and his two adoring dogs, Sandy and Charlie. He was preceded in death by his parents, Dave and Thelma Collins Berman, and a brother, Richard Berman. The family would like to thank all his friends and family and especially the Baton Rouge Police Department for their support.


  • Visitation Monday, December 3, 2012
  • Visitation Tuesday, December 4, 2012
  • Funeral Service Tuesday, December 4, 2012

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Nancy Jacobs

December 9, 2012

We are so saddened to learn of Martin's passing. Our thoughts, prayers and love are with you at this time. -- Aunt Nancy, Dennis and Barry

Carl Dehon

December 8, 2012

Marty was an all around wonderful person. He was ALWAYS a joy to be around. He will be missed ! R.I.P.

Lionel Jolla

December 6, 2012

Mr. Marty was a caring and compassionate individual who enjoyed his life to the fulliest. While working out at the BREC fitness centers (Santa Maria & Warmack) Mr. Marty would always have an encourging word and insist that he "spot" me if the weights were to heavy. On many evenings while working out at BREC, Mr. Marty sopke to me about of his family and how happy he was to have them in his life, especially his wife and son. Mr. Marty was very proud of his son and wanted the best for him. Mr. Marty will be missed, but every time I enter into either of the fitness centers above, I know his spirit will be there. Mr. Marty thank, you for serving your country as well as protecting the public as a police officer. Most improtantly thank you for your friendship. "May the work he has done speak for him."

Michelle Mallett

December 4, 2012

I met Marty at the beginning of 2011 at the BREC facility in Santa Maria when I was chosen as a participant in the Shapeup Show Down with WAFB, BREC, and OLOL. During the 6 mos that I was working out at that facility, I looked forward to seeing his smiling face. He was such a nice man, very personable, and always willing to help. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends at this time.

December 4, 2012

With deepest sympathy . (Psalms 55:22)

Michael Morris, Sr.

December 3, 2012

Marty was a good friend and a good police officer. I was sadden to learn of his passing.

Fred Allen

December 3, 2012

Marty was a work partner for BREC & we became good friends. He will be remembered for his calm & easy going demeanor. I always looked forward to his coming to work, so we could share a few moments of time to catch up on the week. He served his country, and the community with dignity. God bless! Coach Fred Allen

Chief Eddie Stewart

December 3, 2012

To The Family,

I was shocked and deeply saddened when I heard that Marty passed. He and I worked together at Baton Rouge Police and were good friends. He will be sorely missed.

On behalf of myself, my family and Clinton Police Department we express our deepest sympathy. Our prayers and thoughts are with you during your times of sorrows and loss. May God bless you all and keep you strong.

Mike Graham

December 2, 2012

Marty and I rode together decades ago with the BRPD, and I have many warm memories. I was deeply saddened to learn of Marty's passing, and offer my most sincere condolences. I regret my work hours will not permit me to attend.

Jay Jacobs

December 2, 2012

Hi. I'm Jay Jacobs, Marty's first cousin. Though it's probably been 27 years since I last saw Marty and before that, probably when we were both in our teens, I am sorry to hear of his passing and send my condolences to his family and friends in this difficult time.

Growing up, we saw each other regularly and it's really too bad that we didn't stay connected as adults, but at this time of sorrow, I'd like to celebrate Marty's life with a funny childhood memory.

Around 1958, there was a car dealer in Los Angeles selling Renault Dauphines. Since foreign cars at that time weren't all that well made, on his television commercials, he would slam the doors as hard as he could to show just how solid the car was built. So one day both our families were over at Eleanor and Bill VanGrove's (Marty's aunt and uncle), probably for a birthday. They had just purchased a new Ford Thunderbird, which was sitting in their driveway. So Marty (who was just a little older than me) and I started slamming the car doors, just like we had seen on television. The car's windows were down at the time and he and I slammed the car doors repeatedly, trying to outdo one another with the power of our slams. Now that was a sold car!

The next day, I remember my parents saying something about, “When Bill and Eleanor raised the windows in their car, both windows were broken and did we know anything about that?” I'm not sure how I answered and I don't know if Marty was asked the same question nor his possible answer, but I do know that I never repeated that car door slamming activity.

Rest in peace cousin Marty.