Zephyrhills, FL – Gerald T. Martin (Jerry) 80, of Zephyrhills, FL and formerly of Newark, Ohio passed away Monday, June 4th. 2018 at the Gulfside Hospice in Zephyrhills, FL with his loving wife, Marla of 43 years by his side.
Born and raised in Newark, Ohio on June 30th 1937 to Harold Martin and Edna (Ashcraft) Martin Curp. Jerry is survived by his wife, Marla; sons Scott (Pera) of Manhattan, NY and Thomas of Manhattan, NY; step-son, Jason of Dallas, TX; step-daughter, Kim (Jay) of Van Wert, Ohio; 7 grandchildren, Austin, Jared, Cade, Peyton, Hunter, Erika, and Mihiret; half-brother, Eugene Curp.
Jerry retired from Owens Corning Fiberglas after 42 years of service as Research Machinist. After retirement he worked for Licking County Juvenile Ct. as Attendance Officer. After moving to Florida he was employed by the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office as Traffic Control Officer up until his passing.
Being an avid sports fan all his life, he was truly a Ohio State Buckeye fan at heart. Jerry coached Mound City Little League Baseball, Babe Ruth, Ohio State Branch. He was a football referee 18 years, Basketball 30 years, Baseball 29 years and Softball for many years. It all started in the 1940’s and 1950’s when he was a batboy for Newark Yankees. He went on to play high school baseball for Newark and thanks to the urging of Tom Venatelli, he began his umpiring career high school and college spanning 30 years. He was Assistant Commissioner with the Buckeye Athletic Conference.
A celebration of life service will be held September 15th at 1:30 pm in the Heath Church of Christ, 1331 Chapel Way, Heath, OH with Pastors David and Ray Linn officiating. Preceding the celebration of life service a graveside committal will be held at 10:30 am in the Wilson Cemetery 4254 Marion Rd NE, Newark, OH.
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