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Joseph Martin

Death Date: August 4, 2018

Joseph “Marty” Luke Armand Martin passed away Saturday, August 4, 2018 at Decatur Memorial Hospital. He was born January 14, 1944 to Luc and Donata Beaulieu Martin in New Britain, Connecticut. They soon returned to their home in Grand Isle, Maine and remained there until returning to Connecticut twelve years later. Marty learned to speak English at the age of eleven. He briefly attended Central Connecticut State College. He served in the U.S. Air Force from 1962 to 1966. He married Thelma Chambers on May 15, 1965 in Rantoul. He worked for Goodyear for seven years prior to starting his own business, Marty’s Tire and Auto Sales, which he operated for 41 years. 

He was a member of the Symphony Orchestra Guild of Decatur and St. James and Patrick Parish. Boating was his passion. 

He is survived by his wife of 53 years, his sons Armand (LeAnne Peters), Remi (Chai); grandsons Armi (Heather), Brennan (Dominique), Ian and Liam; three great grandchildren Grady Spitzer, McKenzie Spitzer-Martin, and Natalie Martin, and daughter-in-law Evett Martin. He also leaves two sisters Jeanne Gorneault, Ann Ross, and two brothers Roland (Diane) and Robert (Karen); four sisters-in-law Alora Cope, Mary Chambers, Dana (Brian) Hershey, and Chris (Jong Joon) Chun. He was preceded in death by his parents and three brothers-in-law Randy Ross, Winslow Cope, and Craig Chambers; and many nieces and nephews. 

A funeral mass will be held on Friday at St. Patrick’s Church at 1 p.m. Burial will be at Graceland Cemetery. 

The family would like to thank the wonderful, caring, staff at Decatur Memorial Hospital and his doctors, Greg Totel, Benjamin Esparaz, Sam Potts, and Dr. Franklin. 

The family of Joseph Martin is being served by Graceland Fairlawn Funeral Home, 2091 N Oakland Ave, Decatur, IL Please view the online obituary, send condolences, and share memories at 


Funeral Mass
August 10, 2018
1:00 pm
St. Patrick Catholic Church
407 E. Eldorado Ave. Decatur, IL 62523
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  1. Thelma: How shocked and saddened Barb and I were to return home from out of state and in reviewing our missed newspapers to find Marty’s obituary. We are truly sorry for your and your families loss. I always thought running into you and Marty as a real treat as he and I enjoyed our friendly “bantering”. Barb and I enjoy boating typically several days in the week and had recently mentioned missing our friend Marty and his beautiful boat and wondering where he was…….
    We certainly will keep Marty in our prayers and I know while cruising Lake Decatur that the memory of Marty will surface often.
    God bless you and your family,
    Tom and Barb Toney

  2. Thelma: Our deepest sympathy as Barb and I just returned from being out of state and were shocked to see Marty’s obituary in the paper as we get caught up with recent news. Amazingly we just mentioned Marty as we were on the lake over the weekend and thought it strange that we hadn’t seen our boater friend out enjoying himself. It was always a treat to see you and Marty out to dinner or at mass as he and I always had fun with the “banter”. He will be truly missed and we will keep you both in our prayers.

  3. Thelma & Family, our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. Marty was a great man and will be greatly missed. I did not see you folks very often living in Maine but he was always generous to my parents. So sorry for your loss. May God give you strength to move on.

  4. Thelma and the Martin Family,

    We extend our deepest sympathies upon Marty’s “Passing”. We trust the Good Lord will give you the mental and physical strength to overcome your loss of one so close to you, Thelma, after 53 years of Marriage together.

    Betty & Bill Braun

  5. A Fabulous Man!

    Written by: Skip Huston

    Marty was an incredible person!
    He had the rare ability to be liked by everyone he met.
    He, and his loving wife, Thelma, were loyal customers at my Avon Theater since the day we reopened the doors nearly 20 years ago.
    I trusted Marty to all my car servicing and maintenance, and he was always professional and honest to a fault.
    Unfortunately, I don’t think my wife and I can attend the funeral due to a previous business commitment we can’t re-schedule (although we are trying),
    Marty knows we are thinking about him.
    We lost one of the good ones!

    -Skip & Susan Huston

  6. Ployes are better than grits!

    Written by: Sarah Lyon and Geri Aultum

    Remy and Armand, we learned of Marty’s passing from Skip Huston’s newsletter just tonight. I was fortunate to be able to spend time speaking with Marty at the shop when we were having our cars serviced. He said that he was from the northernmost point of Maine, Aroostook County, and he told me about being stationed at Chanute AFB and wound up staying after his service. Marty shared his family recipe for Ployes and even gave me a tin of buckwheat to make them. Please accept our sincerest condolences on his passing. We have very fond memories of Marty and we appreciate doing business with all you guys.

  7. To Thelma and family – It is with sadness that we read of Marty’s passing . Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. Rest in peace, dear friend. Clarence and Jeannette Huslig, Arlington, Tx

  8. Great Person

    Written by: CHUCK BAUER

    I had known Marty since the 1970’s when I had a business very close to his. We became good friends, and did favors for each other, I also bought quite a few tires from him, until I moved away from Decatur. After leaving, when visiting Decatur, I would always stop by to see Marty, He always had a smile on his face and acted very happy to see me and would stop to chat for a short while before getting back to his business at hand. Marty will be missed by myself and many others, He was one of the most positive individuals I have ever known.

  9. Fred & Rae-Lynne Whobrey

    Written by: Fred Whobrey

    Our sincere sympathy to the family of Marty. He was always a hard worker at his store. We have known Marty for about 40 years. He had just opened his own store. Marty did a lot of repair work on all of our cars over many years. I can remember I went to the tire store to get two tires for a friend that lives in the Orlando Apts., and basically had nothing. His car was threatened to be towed if not moved from the spot in front of the Orlando. My youngest son, Jeff and I finally got the car started, but the tires were so worn, they would not take air. We went to Marty’s. Marty knew that size of tire did not fit any of my cars, so he asked about why I was wanting smaller tires. We told Marty the story of the person with a old beat-up car and two flat tires that were trash. Marty found two of the same size tires and said, “on the house”. Meaning he was giving the tires to the person. Will never forget Marty. He is one of the few people you meet in life that you will always remember. Thank you Marty. Now, rest in peace.

  10. Thoughts and Prayers,

    Written by: John & Carol Benda

    Thelma – We’re quite saddened to hear of Marty’s death. There are no fitting words that can fill your loss, but we want you to know that we are thinking and praying for you.

    John & Carol Benda

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