John P. Martin

July 6, 1929March 23, 2021

John P. Martin, age 91, of Canton, Michigan passed away on Tuesday, March 23, 2021. John was born in Dearborn, Michigan July 6, 1929.

John is survived by his loving wife Dolores "Dee" Sobczynski of 55 years, as well as his two daughters; Elizabeth (Darryl Linder) and Dr. Jennifer Martin (Peter Midtgard). He was also a "Dog Dad" to his furry companion Max. He also leaves behind his grand critters; Echo, Graycee, Boots N. Pants Linder, Mimi and Malcom Martin.

John graduated from U of D high school and after began his education at Notre Dame followed by St. John's University.

John was a former teacher of Wayne Westland Community Schools where he taught 5th and 6th grade elementary. Later, he became an elementary school principal. John retired from teaching education in 1991.

John and Dee traveled a lot throughout the years. The two together were able to travel to all 50 states.

A strolling visitation (25 people at a time) for John will be held Friday, March 26, 2021 from 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM along with a Rosary service at 7 pm at Harry J. Will Funeral Home, 34567 Michigan Ave., Wayne, Mi 48184.

A funeral mass will occur Saturday, March 27, 2021 at 10:00 AM at St. Mary Catholic Church, 34530 W. Michigan Ave, Wayne, Mi 48184.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at for the Martin family.

In lieu of flowers donations can also be made to University of Detroit Jesuit High School and Academy.


  • Strolling Visitation (25 people at a time)

    Friday, March 26, 2021

  • Rosary Service

    Friday, March 26, 2021

  • Funeral In State

    Saturday, March 27, 2021

  • Funeral Mass

    Saturday, March 27, 2021


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Barry & Cindy Corden

March 27, 2021

Dear Dee, Jennifer, & Elizabeth,
We are so sorry to hear about the passing of John. Barry worked with John at Wildwood until he was promoted to Marshall in 1986. He spoke about John as an honest, respectful, & kind person. He said John was one of the “good guys” & he truly enjoyed working with him. Barry also added that every member of the staff was treated equally by John, no matter what their position was at Wildwood. Dee, you & I worked together at Walker until I went on maternity leave. A few years later, your daughters were at a Swim Team banquet & I was working in the Culinary Arts program. At that time you & I talked a bit & you introduced me to your sweet husband, John. Then we met up again when you were helping out in the Instruction Dept. & I was working in the Superintendents Office. Between Barry & John working together, add that to you & I working together, we have a wonderful long history. John will be missed by family, friends, & his many former co-workers. He was definitely one of the best! Heaven has certainly gained an Angel.

Barbara Saum

March 26, 2021

John was my principal at Wildwood.We respected each other very much. We were both passionate about education and had many discussions about our philosophy! He gave me the freedom to teach kindergarten my way and always supported me! I appreciated his support and we shared friendship and respect. Thanks for the memories, John! Love to you Dee.

Dora Ellis

March 26, 2021

Dear Mrs. Martin and family, I'm so sorry for the loss of Mr. Martin.
He was loved by many and will remain with so many also.
I pray you all find comfort and peace at this difficult time.
Much love to all.

Shirley O of Williams

March 26, 2021

Dear Dee and Family,
We send you our sincere sympathy in the physical loss of John. He will always remain in your hearts and Loving sometimes funny memories .
Unfortunately we can’t be with you in person but our prayers are with you.
Bob and Shirley Williams

Carol Middel

March 26, 2021

My heart goes out to Dee, Elizabeth and Jennifer. You were blessed with one of the good ones and you were able to have him for a long time. He had such a long and distinguished career with the school district and impacted many lives that he touched. He now rests with the angels who will take good care of him until you are all united again one day. Peace be with all of you as you go through this time together. Carol Middel

Anna Patino

March 26, 2021

John taught all three of my children/he was a great teacher/my son had a broken leg in 6th grade and was in a class of 35/not much room to move around/John, often took a student to his home for lunch/students loved him and respected him/John became principal of Wildwood School /my grandchildren went to Wildwood so the next generation had John/John, you and my husband Ed Patino had a great time at the Hootannanny put on at Hamilton/I will always think of you fondly/your friend, Ann Patino

Ross Wilt

March 25, 2021

My family and I have been blessed to be neighbors to the Martins for many years and we will all miss John but we have a lot of great memories about how he impacted our lives.

Through the years John and I had many discussion about solving the issues of the world as we talked over the fence. He imparted a lot of wisdom to me and my children and was a wonderful example of how to be kind and gentle person.