CASCO, MAINE — Donald I. Martin, 86, joined the Lord and his lifetime love and partner, Florence Martin, on Sept. 1, 2013. He died peacefully at the Country Village Assisted Living Home in Casco, Maine.
Donald was born in Plainfield, Vt., in 1926. He served in the United States Navy during WWII. He married Florence Couture in 1946 and they shared love and life until her death in 2011. They lived for many years in Orleans, Vt., where Donald operated an auto repair business.
Don was active in many local organizations, including Scouting and the Lions Club. In the mid-1960s, they moved to Ballston Spa, N.Y., and Donald started a new career as an auctioneer. He excelled in that profession working at auto auctions throughout the Northeast. In 1970 he started, along with his sons, Martin and Sons Auction Sales and Service, Inc. He continued to auctioneer into his 80s. Donald was past president of the New York State Auctioneers Association, lifetime member of the Vermont Auctioneers Association and a member of the New York State Auctioneers Hall of Fame. He was known for his engaging chant, abundant charm and a bit of a playful mischievous streak. Donald and Florence retired to their homes in Craftsbury, Vt., and Port Charlotte, Fla.
Donald loved people, and talking to people. He loved the woods, especially around their cabin in Craftsbury. He enjoyed traveling, boating and any activity that involved his family, in particular bonfires at the cabin and venison feeds at camp. Most of all, he loved Florence.
Donald will be deeply missed by his six children; Terry and his wife Ruth, Keeseville, N.Y., Ronald and his wife Susan of St. Thomas Virgin Islands, Stephen and his companion Paula Lapham of Plattsburgh, N.Y., Sharlene and her husband Robert Spalding of Casco, Maine, Douglas and his wife Paula of Sandown, N.H., and Christopher and his wife Janice of Buena Vista, Colo. He will also be missed by his grandchildren: Asa, Chase, Renee, Jeffrey, Nicholas, Danielle, Mike, Evan, Arlyss, Ryan, and Hannah and great-grandchildren: Lindsay, Jasmine, and Starr Lynn, as well as his siblings: Arlene Nelson, Janet Chadwick, Charles, Robert, and Jackie Jacquis, nephews: Bruce, Roger, Paul, and Randy Martin, plus numerous relatives and friends. Donald also enjoyed a special relationship with his grandnephew, Mike Martin and his family. Deepest gratitude to the staff at Country Village Assisted Living.