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August 31, 1931 - December 29, 2018

A memorial service to celebrate David’s life will be held at his church, First United Methodist Church of Kalamazoo, 212 S. Park St., Kalamazoo, MI 49007, on Saturday, January 5, 2019 at 1:00 PM. The Rev. Steve Charnley officiating. A time of visitation will take place at the church one hour prior to the service. Memorial contributions may be made to CurePSP (Progessive Supranuclear Palsy), First United Methodist Church Food Pantry or a charity of one’s choice.

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Age 87, passed away at home on Saturday, December 29, 2018 surrounded by his family. David was born in Chicago, Illinois on August 31, 1931, the son of the late Douglas S. and Josephine (Anderson) Martin. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Douglas Martin. David earned his undergraduate degree from Dartmouth College and went on to obtain his PhD in Organic Chemistry from the University of Wisconsin. After graduation, he moved to Kalamazoo to start a 40+ year career at the Upjohn Company where he received the Upjohn Award in 1989. After moving to Kalamazoo, David met his wife, Ann M. Woodruff. They were married on November 1, 1958. David devoted his life to cancer research and was deeply committed to his faith and social justice. He was a loving husband and father. David is survived by his wife of 60 years, Ann Martin; children, David (Judy) Martin, Paul (Patty) Martin, Kristin (Scott) Kay and Melissa (Burke) Snyder; grandchildren, Jordan, Ben and Hayley Martin, Joe and Katy Martin, Kevin and Samantha Kay and Hannah and Wil Snyder; brother, Dan (Susan) Martin; sister-in-law, Peggy Martin; and several nieces and nephews.