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Douglas James Martin, age 93 and a resident of Warren, Michigan for over 58 years, died Saturday, May 26, 2018 at the Fraser Villa Care Facility in Fraser, Michigan. Douglas was born August 14, 1924, along with his twin brother Donald, in the Mount Olivet Cemetery in Detroit, Michigan. Over the years people have always been curious how twins were born in a cemetery? The answer was that Douglas's father, Francis Martin, was the superintendent of the cemetery and he and his wife Mary (nee: McNally) Martin lived above the offices. A couple of days after Douglas and Donald were born, a priest visiting the cemetery heard of the birth of the twins and asked if he could bless the boys...this priest's name was Fr. Casey Solanus, now Blessed Casey Solanus.

Douglas attended Holy Name Catholic Grade School and later graduated from East Detroit Adult Education. Douglas was a hard working man his entire life and his work usually involved having a shovel in his hand. He worked for his father in the cemetery and also at his father's Tree Nursery. Douglas served in the United States Army as a reservist amidst the conclusion of World War II and later was called to active duty during the Korean War.

Douglas was a member of the United States Army's 2nd Infantry Division, nicknamed "Indian Heads". The division would engage the enemy in some of the worst and bloodiest battles in Korea. Douglas was trained at Fort Lewis, Washington before shipping out to Korea via Hawaii for a stay over in the infamous Schofield barracks. While in Korea he was a frontline combat infantryman who would receive the Korean Service Medal with 3 Battle Stars, a Combat Infantry Badge, and a Distinguished Unit Citation, before concluding his wartime service and receiving his honorable discharge.

Douglas returned home and resumed his place in the workforce. He married the love of his life, Josephine Garafalo and the two lived in Warren. He worked for over 31 years within the City of Warren's Parks and Recreation Department before retiring. When Douglas was not working, his family and faith were paramount in his life. He was a devout Catholic and member of the 3rd Order, in addition to being a longtime member of St. Faustina (formerly St. Edmund ) Catholic Church.

Mr. Martin was a dedicated father and mentor to his children along with always staying very close to his twin brother, visiting him every chance he could. He never missed an activity or sporting event for his children. He was the Dad to stepped up and lent a hand for many activities including his sons Scouting trips. Even though he was not the Troop Leader he would step in when needed. He cherished his time with his family and they also enjoyed learning about their father's many talents including playing the trumpet.

Mr. Martin was also gifted with his hands and could build or fix just about anything. He had an innate talent for woodcarving and wood work. He enjoyed just being outside and tending to his yard and garden. Douglas took up archery and even did Yoga before Yoga was even popular to relieve stress. Quiet time indoors always included reading or just being with his family.

While in retirement Douglas stayed active and was extremely close to all his grandchildren. He tried to attend all their special school and sporting events, and was the Grandpa willing to let his grandchildren do just about anything fun to him. His grandchildren only have wonderful, fond, and loving memories of their Grandpa. He also traveled back to his ancestral homeland of Ireland, along with his trips to Oregon and Washington to visit his son's family. Throughout his life Douglas spent many vacations camping at almost every destination in Michigan.

Douglas was the beloved husband for over 63 years to Josephine Martin and was the dear father of Mary Jo (Dale) Censer, Frank (May) Martin, Douglas (Christy) Martin, Rita (Dennis) Ostby, and Michael (Lisa) Martin. He was the loving grandfather of Lance, Grant, Sophie, Lorelei, Drew, Jacob, Haley, and Erica. Mr. Martin was predeceased by his parents and brothers Jack and Donald Martin.

Visitation for Mr. Martin will be held Thursday, May 31st from 3-9 pm, with an 8:15 pm Rosary Service, at the D.S. Temrowski & Sons Funeral Home, 30009 Hoover Road at Common (12 ½ Mile Rd) in Warren. Mr. Martin will lie in state on Friday from 10:00 am until time of the Funeral Mass at 10:30 am at St. Faustina Catholic Church (formerly St. Edmund) in Warren. Celebrating the Funeral Liturgy will be Reverend Fr. Bogdan Milosz.

Please share memories of Mr. Martin at his memory book above.

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