WO Donald M. "Don" Martin, CD (Ret’d)
We regret to advise of the unexpected death of Warrant Officer Donald M "Don" Martin in hospital in Ottawa on 28 February 2012, at the age of 69 years. Don was a Mapper who, in addition to his military service, served his Country and the Public for 50 years.
Born in Cornwall, Don spent three years with the Army Cadets before enlisting as an Apprentice with the Royal Canadian Artillery in September 1959. On graduation from the Apprentice Program in 1961 he was posted to 2 RCHA in Winnipeg as an Artillery Surveyor. As a Corporal , Don remustered to the Topographic Surveyor trade and joined the Canadian Military Engineers in January 1969. Promoted to Warrant Officer in 1974, over his career he developed specialties in gravity, satellite and gyro survey and contributed his expertise at the School of Military Mapping. He retired at the rank of Warrant Officer in February 1981 and then served a second surveyor career with the National Capital Commission in Ottawa. Among his many accomplishments with the Commission was his 25 years as the "Ice Master" of the Rideau Canal.
The family will receive friends at McEvoy-Shields Funeral Home, 1411 Hunt Club Road (at Albion Road) on Friday, 9 March 2012 from 2:00-4:00 & 7:00-9:00 pm. A Memorial Mass will be held on Saturday, 10 March at 11:00 am at Resurrection of Our Lord Church 1940 Saunderson Drive. In lieu of flowers in memoriam donations to The Ottawa Hospital Foundation or the Red Cross would be appreciated.