MSgt. Donald L. Martin, (USAF Ret.)


MSgt. Donald L. Martin, USAF Ret., 69, of Rome, passed away peacefully with his family by his side on Thursday, June 25, 2020 at Rome Memorial Hospital. Born in Gouverneur, NY, on July 17, 1950, he was a son of the late Donald F. and Harriet (Ripley) Martin. He was a 1969 graduate of Harrisville High School. On October 2, 1971, he was united in marriage to Sharon LaPlante.

On January 28, 1970 he enlisted in the United States Air Force and served 20 years until retiring on January 31, 1990. He later went to work as a dealer and credit host at Turning Stone Resort and Casino and Vernon Downs Casino.

Donald was devoted to his wife of 48 years, Sharon, and their only child, Angel Lynn Martin. He loved to hunt and fish and he was a hardcore Yankees fan.

Surviving besides his wife Sharon and daughter Angel, are two grandsons, Andrew Lynn Hartmann and Aaron Martin Meek; a sister, DeAnn (Jerry) Nipper; a brother, Larry (Debbie) Martin; and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by a sister, Debra Hughes.

Don’s family would like to thank the nurses, doctors and staff at Rome Memorial Hospital ICU for their wonderful kindness and compassion. They would like to also thank his dear friend, Kevin Buttenshcon, for always being there.

Private services will be held at the convenience of the family. There are no calling hours. Arrangements have been entrusted to Nunn and Harper Funeral Home, Inc., 418 N. George St., Rome.

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