James L. Martin

James L. Martin

Thursday, December 29th, 1938 - Thursday, January 14th, 2021
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James L. Martin, 82 of Ephrata, formerly of East Earl, died Thursday, January 14, 2021 at his home after a brief illness.
Born in Caernarvon Twp., Lancaster County, he was a son of the late William G. and Anna S. (Lichty) Martin. He was married 52 years to the late Mary K. (Martin) Martin. She died March 21, 2011.
Jim worked in many positions at Martin Limestone, retiring in 2000 as Vice President, after 43 years of service.
He was a charter member of Christian Fellowship Church where he also served as an elder. He also served on the ELANCO School board for several years. He enjoyed traveling, reading his Bible, fishing, and mostly spending time with his family.
Surviving are four children, Linda J., (Leon) Martin of East Earl, Joanne M., (Vernon) Garman of East Earl, Susan M., (Timothy) Jones of Mohnton, and James L., (Kate Hunsberger) Martin of Lititz; 10 grandchildren; 16 great grandchildren; a companion, Fern Stork; and six siblings, Ray (Kathryn) Martin of New Holland, Irene Sauder of Ephrata, Alice (Mark) Yoder of Ephrata, Earl (Fran) Martin of Milton, William (Ruth Ann) Martin of East Earl, and Anna (Clifford) Day of New Holland.
Preceding him in death is a great grandson, Logan Garman; and five siblings, Helen Parish, Irvin L. Martin, Harry Martin, Milton Martin, and Cathryn Hurst.
The family wishes to thank Hospice & Community Care and Fairmount Home for their kind care given to their father during his decline.
Due to Covid, private services and interment at Christian Fellowship Cemetery will be held at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to Hospice & Community Care, PO Box 4125, Lancaster, PA 17601. To send the family online condolences visit us at Arrangements by Groff-High Funeral Home, New Holland.
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    Christian Fellowship Cemetery
    758 Spruce Road
    NEW HOLLAND, PA 17557
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    Services will be private at the convenience of family.


Donations are being accepted for: Hospice & Community Care.


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Daphne Lofthus

Posted at 03:26pm
Hi Linda, Susan, Joanne and James! I had hoped to send each of you a sympathy card in the mail, but after asking my aunts and uncles if anyone had your addresses and not having any luck, I decided to reach out to you all this way. I'm sorry, it's not as personal as I had wished for. My father also wanted to send cards of condolences, but I will let him know that I posted a message online that included mention of him. Your Dad was a very special man! Growing up and going to the Martin Family Christmas Dinners, there were so many people and I couldn't remember most of them from year to year. But, I always had a fond affection for Uncle Jimmy. As I said on the Martin Facebook group page, he had a way of always shining the love of Jesus everywhere he went and that drew people to him. I hadn't seen him for years, but I was able to make it to two Yoder breakfasts over the past couple years when I was in Reading visiting my Dad. Your Dad was there both times. The first time I sat at a table with some of the "younger" family members (we're young, right? 😂) and my Dad sat at the table with your Dad. My Dad also felt a strong connection to your Dad through the years, so he was so excited to catch up with Uncle Jimmy. They had a great conversation about losing their wives and that meant a lot to my Dad. He talked about their visit for days! Then the last time I was at the breakfast, I took my brother, Donald, with me. The two of us had a nice lengthy conversation with Uncle Jimmy. We also talked about the loss of your Mom, as well as your Dad's cross-country trek. I'm so grateful that in God's perfect timing, I had the opportunity to reconnect with your Dad in recent years. It also gives me great comfort to know that he is with our Savior and that I will see him again some day. I continue to pray for you all and ask God to fill you with peace, hope, comfort and strength as you grieve the loss of your wonderful father and begin to move forward into life without him. Blessings and Love, Daphne Deihm Lofthus (and Donald Deihm, too)

Wanda Mellette

Posted at 04:39pm
Jim was a joy to interact with. I’m so glad I grew up going to church with his family. I know many of Jim’s family and they’re such a blessing. His granddaughter, Heather Kauffman, is a dear woman of God and friend. Praying for comfort during this difficult time of loss.

James Martin Posted at 09:29am

Thank you, Wanda!

Linda Martin Posted at 09:34am

Wanda, we appreciate your kind words, & you are special to us too!

Robert L. Spotts

Posted at 12:32pm
Bob & Alice Spotts
Jim Martin Family
Alice and I want to extend our sincere sympathy to your family on the passing of your dad. We were really shocked when we opened the newspaper and saw his picture in the obituary column. We were not aware that he was having health issues. I called his brother Ray and he filled me in on the details. Your dad and I worked together at Martin Limestone for over 40 years many of them as part of the management team. His excellent knowledge of the trucking industry and the maintenance department was a real asset to our company. In addition to being co-workers he was a great friend. We always looked forward to our annual night out with our wives traveling to special restaurants as far away as Philly and Baltimore. My only failure with your dad was to convince him that golf was a noble game and you didn't have to win all the time. We all know that dad is now with his beloved Mary in their heavenly home. You are in our prayers and my God bless your wonderful family.
Bob & Alice Spotts


James Martin Posted at 08:51am

Thank you Bob and Alice. Your friendship was treasured by our Mom and Dad.

Linda Martin Posted at 09:35am

Thank you Bob & Alice.

Lynn and Carol

Posted at 04:03pm
Jim Martin Family,
Carol and I send you our condolences on the passing of Jim. I have many wonderful memories of the years we worked together at Martin Limestone, lots of fun and some work. :-) Jim and I always got along even when having to work through difficult issues. I loved traveling with Jim, especially when we headed south to our warehouses as he always knew the best places to stop for lunch!!! Another great memory is for many years Bob and Alice, Marvin and Emily, Jim and Mary and Carol and I ,once a year, would go to a nice restaurant and then back to one of our places for dessert and fellowship. When it was Jim and Mary's turn, the dessert they had was usually a pie that Jim had made. Jim loved his family. May God bless you, our thought and prayers are with you.
Lynn and Carol Weaver

James Martin Posted at 08:52am

Lynn and Carol, Thanks for all the wonderful memories you helped to make with our parents.

John Sauder

Posted at 03:11pm
This is a note from John & Phyllis Sauder.
The Sauder family and the Martin family have connections from way back. We grew up in the same neighborhood, attended the same grade school and the same church.
Both were large families so as children we each had a member in the same age.
We were sorry to hear of Jim’s death and offer our condolences to the entire Martin family.

James Martin Posted at 09:30am

Thank you for your condolences and support!

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