John Martin passed away in Los Alamos May 6, 2016, after a courageous battle with cancer. He was born in Rhode Island and lived in Nashua, New Hampshire, Melbourne, Australia, and most recently Los Alamos, New Mexico.
He is survived by his son Tim, of Los Alamos; sister Kristen Dors, her husband Eric, and their sons Kevin and Brian, of Los Alamos; his sister Joanne Balduf, her husband Carl and their children Eric and Olivia, of Plainville, Massachusetts; his sister Beverly, of New Hampshire; his brother Bob of Massachusetts; and his sister Katie, of New Hampshire. He is also survived by many uncles, aunts and cousins across the country. He was preceded in death by his parents, Ben and Claire.
He was a 1978 graduate of Nashua High and went on to earn a BS and MBA from Southern New Hampshire University. He worked for many years in New Hampshire as a purchasing agent for Kollsman, Inc. and Simplex Wire and Cable. In Australia, John worked for manufacturing industries such as Ford and Kenworth Trucking, as well as for local council governments and for Procurement Australia. He found joy in Toastmasters and making people laugh. He lived for 18 years in Melbourne, Australia, where he found his true calling as a youth basketball coach. He spent many years coaching at both domestic and junior championship level at the Eltham Wildcat Basketball Club. In 2015, John was awarded the coveted Glenn Wynd Coaching Award and his teams went on to win back-to-back championships. He was a recent transplant to Los Alamos, joining his son Tim in his American adventure.
A private burial at Guaje Pines Cemetery and memorial to celebrate his life was held in Los Alamos, NM. Another celebration is planned with his New England family and friends this July. A special tribute basketball game was held in his honor for friends and his basketball family in Melbourne, Australia. John was a wonderful son, brother, father, uncle and coach. He made friends quickly and kept many for a lifetime. He will be truly missed by all who knew and loved him.