In Loving Memory

Matthew John Martin, d. April 9, 2015



In Loving Memory

August 26, 1950 – April 9, 2015

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Matthew John Martin, 64, passed away on Thursday, April 9, 2015 in Mobile, AL.

Expressions of condolence may be offered at Arrangements are by Hughes Funeral Home and Crematory, 7951 American Way, Daphne, AL.


  1. Jack Crowley

    Skip, you will be truly missed, you were a friend and shipmate.

  2. Mike Martin

    Known by “Skip” to all, I’ll miss my oldest brother. He had a great sense of humor and a way with words. He was the oldest of us four boys. My mother and brothers and family are still stunned at his sudden death. He was proud of his service in the Coast Guard, where he served for over 25 years.

    And, for the record, he spelled his middle name “Jon.” He would have picked up on that.

  3. Dave and Mary Isherwood

    How sad to hear of the passing of Skip. We were friends for a very long time and will miss our very deep conversations. Rest peacefully dear friend til we meet on the other side.

  4. PERS4 Kevin P. Murphy USCG (Retired)

    I first met Skip when I relieved him in VIGOROUS (boy was he eva selling that Cutter to me like a used Edsel). The hod Maine accent got me right away, being from New England myself. First time I’d heard Bert and I jokes. Skippa had that dry Maine yuma and I loved it. An unbelievably eloquent man when it came to speech, I couldn’t believe things he wrote came from the same Skip I knew and loved. We both trod the path from Chief Yeoman to Chief Warrant Officer (PERS) and through the yeeahs we’ve stayed in touch. Skip pretty much told it like it was, plain and simple. He was enjoying retirement with Jonna. He had finally got the chance to just since back and enjoy his wildlife in the freedom of his own back yod. When I got news of Skip’s passing, it cut me to the quick. I was able to contact Mike and get a “down an’ dehrty” on Skip’s entire life. He loved his Coast Guard and he loved life. Skippa was the kind of man you meet and love (in a manly sohrt of way, of causs). A few years ago, we lost another shipmate from our tour in VIGOROUS, Pete Haynes. I, along with so many others whose lives Skip Martin has touched, will miss him dearly. Our thoughts and prayas go out to Jonna and the entire Martin family. Skip kept a tight ship and has ended his watch. (And no, I’m not illiterate, I’m just practicing my Maine accent . . . 😉

  5. Bill and Judy Dixon

    Skip, It was truly a pleasure knowing you and having you as a friend. We will treasure the memories we have. Rest in peace.

  6. Bill and Judy Dixon

    Skip, it was a true pleasure knowing you and being your friend for all these years. We have memories that we can cherish for the rest of our lives. Rest in peace good friend.

  7. Bob Larder A.K.A Brutus

    Jonna and the rest of the Martin I send my condolences in Skips passing. Mike as you said earlier we all will miss Skips sense of humor. I was station with him and Jonna at the Academy late 70 early 80 .Even as late as last week he had me laughing. With an email. Till we meet again my friend

  8. CWO4 Billy Piner, USCG (Ret)

    It was an honor to have served with you Skip, and to have called you friend. Our prayers go out to Jonna and the rest of the family.

  9. Paul St. Jean

    I am a friend of the family here in Maine and being an ex Navy man just had to look up the USS Vigorous where Skip served aboard. My thoughts are with his family.

  10. Marlies Martin

    This is crazy to think one day you were in Mobile sending pictures from “Skip, Jonna and the Zoo” and the next moment you are gone. I will miss our emails and I will miss you.

  11. Ricky Martin

    Big Brother I will miss you. We had a lot of fun growing up, the hours we spent with the race set in the cellar, the rainy days when we played pool and many similar things. I have always loved you big brother and was proud of the time you spent in the Coast Guard. Now its time to rest and I will miss you. I love you Skip

  12. CWO4 J. Leonard, USCG (Ret)

    Deepest condolences to Jonna and family on the loss of Skip, a fine man that will be sorely missed by many. Fair winds Shipmate.

  13. Terrie Lee Bowers

    Skipper and I are cousins. I am still in shock about his passing. Memories of Skipper (Skip) makes me smile. We were together a lot when we were younger. But due to my family moving from Maine to South Carolina, we lost touch, as well as him going into the Coast Guard. However, we were able to get back in touch again in Alabama this past summer and spend some quality fun time together. We both said we just picked up where we left off, like time had stood still, our closeness and laughter was wonderful during our short visit. I was able to see his home and meet Joanna. I have great photos of us together and will treasure them. We have kept in touch through e-mails and I will cherish those messages. Skipper was a matter of fact type of guy which was one of his strong qualities. His jokes and humor were wonderful. I hope he is in a peaceful place. I have Skipper in my heart and soul. My thoughts and prayers go out to his Mom, brothers, his wife and entire family.


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