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James L. Martin, 66, formerly of Massena
Wednesday, June 22, 2011 - 9:54 am

James L. Martin, 66, lost his brave bat tle with can cer on Saturday (June 18, 2011) at his home in Sunbury sur rounded by his lov ing family.

Born the second of four sons in Massena, Jim’s love of nature began in his boyhood. Armed with his favored .22 rifle, he’d spend his days in the woods on Barnhart Island, hunting and exploring.

Later in life, he turned that love toward preservation and photography, working toward osprey reintroduction in his home state of Ohio, and taking beautiful pictures of landscapes, flowers, and wildlife.

Whether in a national park or in his own backyard, Jim had an affinity for seeing the striking amongst the every day and his photography reflected that.

Jim’s professional life was no less successful than his personal; he went to Potsdam State University on the G.I. Bill, where he pursued the brand-new field of computer science, graduating in 1970.

He had a long and illustrious career with IBM and later Ernst & Young, starting out as a pro rammer and rising to partner, helping such companies as Dun & Bradstreet, American Express, and Amerada Hess Corporation design and implement company-wide information systems.

His mind took him all over Europe and the United States, but his heart lived in Massena and Sunbury, with his family and with nature.

He is survived by his wife, Elaine (Plesnarski) Martin; his daughters, Holly (Christopher) Belli and Kimberly (Vincent) Santamauro; and their mother, Carole (Gagne) Martin; grandchildren, Mary Katherine and Grace; his parents; Lawrence and Dorothy Martin; as well as an adoring extended family.

A memorial is being planned to honor Jim’s life through his nature photography at the Preservation Park’s District office at Hogback Road.

Donations in his name can be made to Preservation Parks, 2656 Hog back Road, Sunbury OH 43074 and would be gratefully accepted.