Chesterton resident James Peter Martin, 82, died Wednesday, Oct. 28, at
University of Chicago Hospital.
He was born in Chicago, the son of James R. and Catherine Martin, who
preceded him in death.
He is survived by his wife, Nancy Martin of Chesterton; ten children, Sean
Martin and Kevin Martin, both of Chicago, Kieran (Lisa) Martin of
Libertyville, Ill., Siobhan Martin of Vernon Hills, Ill., Kael (Karen)
Martin of Charleston, S.C., Deirdre Giese of Skokie, Ill., stepdaughter
Rhiannon (John) Litus of Park Ridge, Ill., Tadhg (Kim) Martin of Evanston,
Ill., Padraig (Nicole) Martin of Oxnard, Calif., and Fiona Martin of
Chesterton; eight grandchildren, Meghan Martin (mother Sharon Martin) of
Aurora, Ill., Eavan and Mackenzie Wallner of Vernon Hills, Ill., Christopher
and Michael Martin of Charleston, S.C., Brynn Litus of Park Ridge, Ill., and
Ellie and Moira-Kate Martin of Evanston, Ill.; sisters, Mary Catherine
Landers of Treasure Island, Fla., Ann McManus of Toledo, Ohio, Therese Morse
of Novato, Calif., and Rita (Frank) Bizzell of Louiseville, Ky.; and a
brother, Michael (Staci) Martin of Akron, Ohio.
He was preceded in death by a brother, John Martin; a daughter, Moira C.
Martin; and a stepson, Kirk Schmieg.
Jim served in the U.S. Navy in World War II and Korea, retiring as a
commander. He attended Notre Dame University, obtaining a degree in
economics, and Loyola University for his J.D. He then worked in Chicago as a
lawyer in private practice, the American Bar Association, as legal council
at the University of Illinois Chicago Medical Center, and as a labor
arbitrator. He continued to work in labor arbitration after returning to
Chesterton, where he resided for the past 25 years.
Jim belonged to the National Academy of Arbitrators, the Chicago Yacht Club,
the Great Lakes Cruising Club, and the Knights of Columbus at St. Patrick
Jimís passions were his children, God, Country, and Notre Dame, sailing, and
telling stories. In 1977 he sailed across the Atlantic to the Mediterranean
with eight of his children aboard the Slainte. In more recent years he
sailed Lake Michigan or in Canada around Manitoulin Island on the Rainbow.
Funeral mass is scheduled for 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 7, at St. Patrick
Memorials may be made to the Children of St. Patrick School.