Nov. 25, 1946 – Nov. 5, 2021

John Caples Martin of Westminster, Md., passed into peace on November 5, at age 74, leaving behind the family he always talked about.

If you didn’t know John, you would have, if you’d have met him even for a minute. He never knew a stranger. The love of his life, Janet (Houck) Martin, journeyed with him for 56 years of marriage. They made their home in Chambersburg, Pa., for 42 years, raising three children together, Leslie (Martin) Stephen, Stephanie (Martin) Halley, and Jason C. Martin.

John was a 1964 graduate of Westminster High School. After spending his younger years in the Goodyear business, John was a salesman and put those exceptional skills to use not only in a long career in radio (in Chambersburg and Gettysburg), but even more so for his church and charity.

Whether it was through Kiwanis or Special Olympics, John was all about doing for others. He was able to convince people to use their time, talent, and treasures for good purpose. Some of his fondest memories and proudest work was through Chambersburg’s First United Methodist Church Workcamps, which he led with close church friends for 20 years.

Proud and devoted grandfather of four, Sarah and Grace Stephen and Zeke and Nate Halley, he always had a story to tell about how smart and talented they were. Having moved back to Westminster in recent years, John spent his time spoiling his grandchildren, serving as a trustee at Wesley United Methodist Church, visiting anyone who needed a friend, and taking care of the family farm. His favorite place on earth was Emerald Isle, North Carolina, where he vacationed with family for many years.

Son of the belated Donald and Catherine Martin, John was one of six children: Donald (Butch) Martin, Judith Coyle, Sam Martin, Cathy Hogan, and George Martin. He also made the Houck family his own. Throughout his life, his family was always a large one. Not only did he welcome sons-in-law John T. Halley III and Valentine Stephen, and son’s partner Abby Finch into his family, he made many friends and strangers feel special and loved. He just had a way about him.

Services will be held at Wesley United Methodist Church, 3239 Carrollton Road, Hampstead, MD 21074, on Saturday, November 27, at 11 a.m.

The family requests in lieu of flowers memorial contributions in John’s name be made to the Westminster Rescue Mission, PO Box 285, Westminster, MD 21158. Online donations and condolences may be sent to

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