Obituary of Dr. John D. Martin, Jr.
It seems that I have been called from this earthly Life. The challenges, trials and tribulations of my journey in this world have ended. Perhaps a summary of where I have been and where I hope to be going would be useful for some whom I leave behind. I was born in Tarrytown, NY on April 30, 1931. The most significant and satisfying part of my early life and young adulthood however, was spent in NY City. After a rather mediocre passage through grammar school and high school, I was privileged to study at Fordham College in the Bronx where I received a bachelor’s of science degree. I then went to receive M.A and PHD degree in Psychology from Columbia University. Thereafter I completed training in psychology at the Postgraduate Center for Mental Health. I became certified in psychodrama at the Morena Institute for Psychodrama. I completed training in hypnosis and art therapy to round out my psychotherapeutic skills. Memberships in professional organizations included the American Psychological Association of Professional Hypnotherapists, American Council of Hypnotist Examiners and the American Association of Christian Counselors. All this opened doors to a most interesting and rewarding career in psychology and psychotherapy. Starting with a number of years in child guidance and psychoanalytic clinics in New York City and surrounding suburbs. A large part of my professional career was spent with the New York State Division for youth, serving as director of a residential treatment center, supervisor of intake and placement, and later as program planner and policy analyst. This was supplemented by part-time practice in psychotherapy and teaching pasts at Fairleigh Dickinson University and Sienna College. The last seven years of my professional life were spent in full-time private practice in Utica and consultation to the Community Health Center in Syracuse. I married in 1954 and this union resulted in my five wonderful children, blessings beyond description. I have also been blessed with six grandchildren. Far beyond all these magnificent gifts, I have received many graces resulting in an increasing spiritual life. Because of this I have engaged the happy and fulfilling privilege of serving as a lector, Eucharistic Minister and Catechist at St. Mary’s Church and Historic Old St. John’s Church in Utica. Most recently I have been a parishioner at St. Joseph & St. Patrick Church, also in Utica. I have been spiritually enriched by membership in the Legion of Mary and the Good News Foundation. In addition, I was very active in the Oneida Right to Life Committee. Sadly, I leave behind in the world, my sons, Thomas Martin and Steven Martin both of Utica and Robert Martin of Norfolk, Virginia; I also leave my beautiful daughters, Maryanne Hastings in Utica and Kathleen Hazelton in Whitesboro; Precious memories beyond measure and my heart belongs to all of them. I leave my super grandchildren whom I pray will go on to all sorts of great things. They are, John David and Katrina Martin, Anthony and Tyrone Pitts, Sean Hastings and Kathleen Martin; and great grandchildren; I also leave with fond memories my two sons-in-law, Bobby Hazelton and Tommy Hastings; and my daughter-in-law, Marlene Martin and my feline friends, Kitty cat, Patches and most recently, Tara. I will always remember and appreciate the great times that I enjoyed with Bobby Hazelton. I go now to my Lord, who is the first and the last cause of everything and where all beauty resides. I’ll see you all there later, I pray. Dr. Martin’s memorial Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated on Friday, September 25, 2020 at 10:00 a.m. at St. Joseph and St. Patrick Church in Utica. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital or Stevens-Swan Humane Society. Dr. Martin’s family extends their heartfelt gratitude to the doctor’s, nurses and staff at Slocum Dickson Medical Group and nurses, staff and management at the Sitrin Health Care Center for the wonderful care and compassion for provided to John and hisTo send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Dr. John Martin, Jr., please visit Tribute Store
Memorial Mass of Christian Burial
Friday, September 25, 2020
St. Joseph & St. Patrick Church
702 Columbia St.
Utica, New York, United States
St. Jude Children's Research Hospital Stevens-Swan Humane Society