1941 – 2014

TOGUS — Joseph Henri Jean Martin, 72, of Chelsea, lost his courageous battle with cancer while surrounded by his family on Friday, May 9, at Togus Springs.

Jos. was born in Lewiston on Dec. 18, 1941, a son of Isidore Martin and Beatrice Corneau Martin. Jos. was educated in the Lewiston school system. He proudly served the U.S. Army Reserve from 1959 to 1962 and the U.S. Army from 1962 to 1968. He spent time in Europe and did two tours in Vietnam from 1965 to 1967.

Jos. was a very active member of the community and always gave of himself. His sense of humor brought a smile to the face of everyone he encountered. He was eager to help anyone in need and was always ready and willing to advocate for a brother or sister of the military. Among other things, Jos. was a proud life member of the VFW, VVA, DAV, NRA, the American Legion Post 4, the West Gardiner Rod and Gun Club and the National Association for Gun Rights.

He loved woodworking, giving many beautiful pieces to friends and relatives. He also enjoyed bird-watching, hunting and fishing. He was a passionate volunteer for the Veterans Administration at Togus, driving for the DAV and for the past seven years, volunteering in the eye clinic. He developed close relationships with much of the staff, loving them as a second family. He received many awards for his dedication, most recently one for 21 years of voluntary service and a total of 21,052 hours volunteered.

He married the love of his life, Nancy, on Aug. 19, 2006. Jos. is survived by his loving wife, Nancy; two sisters, Irene Chamberlain and husband, A. Bernard, and Muguette Brillant and husband, Lucien; sister-in-law, Fran Martin; his children, Marie Woodrum and fiancé, Jim Nault, Michelle Martin, Alice Whitney and husband, Scott, Lara Riele, Lana Martin, Erika Martin, Nicholas Martin and wife, Jessica, and Wendy Rackley and husband, Sean; stepchildren, Jana Colomy and Dawn French; and several grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Jos. was predeceased by his parents; a brother, Rene Martin; and a sister, Constance Martin.

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