Donald G. Martin, Jan. 15, 1931-Jan. 19, 2011

Apr 16, 2014

Donald G. Martin, 80, of Sandusky died unexpectedly late Wednesday morning, Jan. 19, 2011, in his home.

He was born in Sandusky, Jan. 15, 1931. Don owned and operated Martin Motors on Venice Road in Sandusky for many years. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, boating and spending time at the Sandusky Speedway where he raced and towed cars for many years. Don never had a problem helping others in need and enjoyed spending time with friends and family at his shop on Venice Road.

He is survived by three daughters, Cathy (Ron) Gruhlke of Illinois, and Tina (Ron) Wildenthaler and Kitty Martin, both of Sandusky; grandchildren, Ron, Louie, Harold, Nichole, Cori, Joshua, Laci, J.D. and Chris; his former wife, Elaine (Keefer) Martin of Sandusky; and many nieces, nephews and other relatives.

Don was preceded in death by his parents, Russell and Sylvia (Cutcher) Martin-Stacker; stepfather, Elmer Stacker; and three sisters, Virginia Osborne, Gloria Shupe and Shirley Mitchell.

Friends may call from 11 a.m. Monday until the time of funeral services at 1 p.m. in First Christian Church, 3410 Hayes Ave., Sandusky. Pastor Don Spurlock will officiate.

Memorial contributions may be made to Humane Society of Erie County, 1911 Superior St., Sandusky, OH 44870 or one's favorite charity.

Groff Funeral Homes assisted the family with arrangements. Condolences may be shared with his family at


<p>To Dons family</p> <p>Don will be missed not only by all of you . but also for the many people that he has helped out over the years , as i see it was a Sanhduskiy tradition just like anyone else that made a call at three in the a.m cause a car wouldnt start , You have been a dear friend and may he rest in peace</p>
<p>&nbsp;Mr. Martin was a good man that helped many people in need. RIP KDZ-2912 Unit #1.</p>
<p>&nbsp;<em>Kitty, my dear friend, of all the things to share in life, each of us losing a parent in a year is not one I wanted to share with you. God bless you and your family. May His love enfold you in comfort and peace. I hope to see you tomorrow, Claudia</em></p>