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Donald Snyder Martin

Donald Snyder Martin, 80, of 10705 Oak Forest Drive, Hagerstown, Md., died at 7:23 a.m. Thursday, March 8, 2001, in Washington County Hospital, Hagerstown. He was in failing health for two years and critically ill for two weeks.

Born Aug. 10, 1920, in Emmitsburg, Md., he was a son of the late David Nevin and Phoebe Helen Eigenbrode Martin.

He was a member of Christ Reformed United Church of Christ, Hagerstown, where he was a Sunday school teacher, deacon and elder. He also taught Sunday school at other churches, for a total of 28 years of teaching Sunday school.

A 1938 graduate of Emmitsburg High School, he attended Towson (Md.) State Teachers College for 2 1/2 years.

He then was drafted into the U.S. Army. During World War II, he was a staff sergeant and served in Europe. While stationed in England with the 8th Air Corps, he flew 35 missions over Germany as a flexible gunner on a B-24 Liberator.

In 1946, he graduated from Bliss Electrical School, Tacoma Park, Md.

Mr. Martin was U.S. government civilian employee, having worked for 28 years at Fort Ritchie, near Cascade, Md., with the 7th Signal Command U.S. Army. He retired in January 1983.

He was a member of Friendship Masonic Lodge 84, AF&AM, Hagerstown; Harrisburg Consistory; Zembo Temple of Harrisburg; Franklin County Shrine Club; South Chapter 2977 of the American Association of Retired Persons, Waynesboro; and AARP's National division.

He and his wife, Pauline G. Hess Martin, were married on June 16, 1946, in Hagerstown. They lived in Waynesboro until moving in 1978 to the present residence.

Besides his wife, surviving are three sons, Donald Wayne of Greencastle; Dennis W. of Martinsburg, W.Va.; and Larry J. of Hagerstown; three grandsons; two stepgrandchildren; two stepgreat-grandchildren; three sisters, Naomi G. Waynant of Sabillasville, Md.; Helen E. Hildenbrand of Belair, Md.; and Ester J. Digiacinto of Baltimore; two brothers, Sterling W. of Waynesboro and Homer E. of Baltimore; nieces; and nephews. Four brothers preceded him in death.

 Burial will be in Green Hill Cemetery, Waynesboro, where the Honor Guard of Charles Nitterhouse Post 1599 Veterans of Foreign Wars will conduct a military service.

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