Beanery Online Literary Magazine

July 18, 2013

In Memoriam: Chuck Martin, Jones Mills, PA

Filed under: ANNOUNCEMENTS,WR/BW MUSTANG — beanerywriters @ 8:34 pm




Jones Mills, Pennsylvania

The Beanery Writers Group is sad to announce the loss of a dedicated member, Charles Martin of Jones Mills, Pennsylvania, on June 8.

Charles Martin 1927-2013

Charles Martin

Chuck’s memorial service is Saturday, July 20, 2013, at 2:00 p. m. at Middle Presbytarian Church (Rt. 981, two miles north of Mt. Pleasant).
Sally will have copies of Chuck’s just-off-the-press book, Glad I Was Here (a retrospective book of his photographs from his youth to the present) at the memorial service. She requests that everyone attending the service take a free copy of Glad I Was Here and make a $20 donation to Pine Springs Camp Scholarships, 371 Pine Springs Camp Road, P.O. Box 186, Jennerstown, PA 15547, 814-629-9834, (in lieu of flowers or purchase of the book)
Pastor Linda (Snyder) also requests if anyone can bring food HEALTHY (such as fruit, cheese, etc.) as that is what Sally prefers.

Martin, Charles R. 86   Jones Mills


Charles R. Martin, 86, of Jones Mills, passed away Monday, July 8, 2013, in his home. He was born July 1, 1927, in Beaver Falls, a son of the late James Wilmer Martin and Catherine Johnson Martin. He was a graduate of Beaver Falls High School in 1945, then served on the Lyman K. Swenson, a Navy destroyer in the Pacific Fleet during World War II. He graduated from Dartmouth College in 1950.
In 1951, he met and married the love of his life, Sara L. Mitchell, of Beaver, his wife of 62 years.
Charles was a professional photographer whose photographs from the Pittsburgh area are now archived at the University of Pittsburgh History ULS Archives Service Center. Many of the photos are from his professional work, documentary work and personal friends and family from many years of living in Bradfordwoods in Allegheny County.
Charles traveled around the world with his wife, Sally, sometimes using these photos for multimedia productions with the Butler Symphony.
Charles and Sally Martin are both authors and coauthored “Warpath”, a novel about the Martin family ancestors’ adventures during the French and Indian War.
He was also a member of the Beanery Writers Group of Latrobe and the Ligonier Civil War Roundtable.
His interest in the family ancestry led him to join the Sons of the American Revolution, where he served as president of the Arthur St. Claire chapter. He served as a trustee and member of the choir at Middle Presbyterian Church of Mt. Pleasant.
“Glad I Was Here” is a retrospective book of Charles’ photographs from his youth to the present due out this month.
Charles was an avid athlete competing in national and world age group competitions in bicycling and cross country skiing. He won gold and silver medals in Asiago, Italy, for the 2013 World Cross country ski championship this February.
In April 2013, he was recognized at the Hillman Library with a showing of his photos from the 1968 Martin Luther King Pittsburgh Memorial March.
Charles was preceded in death by his brother, James W. Martin; and survived by his wife, Sara Mitchell Martin; his daughter, Catherine Martin Mitchell, of Ocracoke, N.C.; his sons, William McQuaid Martin, of Gaithersburg, Md., Thomas Alan Martin, of Julian; and five grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held at a later time at the Middle Presbyterian Church, located on PA Route 981, two miles north of Mt. Pleasant. Phone: 724-547-2951.
Memorial donations can be made to Pine Springs Camp Scholarships, 371 Pine Springs Camp Road, P.O. Box 186, Jennerstown, PA 15547, 814-629-9834, .
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History buff made mark as photographer, athlete By Greg Reinbold—Published: Friday, July 12, 2013, in the Tribune-Review newspaper

An avid photographer, writer, history buff and athlete, Charles Martin never failed to make an impression.

“He was just a true gentleman,” according to David Thompson Sr., president of the General Arthur St. Clair chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution, which Martin had served as president. “He was one of those people you’re glad you knew.”


Charles R. Martin of Jones Mills died Monday, July 8, 2013, in his home. He was 86.

Born in Beaver Falls, he became fascinated with photography at a young age. After serving in World War II aboard the destroyer USS Lyman K. Swenson in the Pacific fleet, Mr. Martin studied art and zoology in Dartmouth College.

He returned to Beaver Falls after graduation and met his wife of 62 years, Sara “Sally” Mitchell. They married in 1950 and had three children.



In a segment on WQED last year, Mr. Martin said his goal as a photographer was always to capture “the decisive moment,” a phrase coined by French photographer Henri Cartier-Bresson.

“When there’s any group of people, two people or more, interacting, there’s one split-second that sums up exactly what happened at that time, at that place, better than any other split-second,” Mr. Martin said. “And that’s what you look for.”

A decisive moment in his career was the 1968 Martin Luther King Jr. National Day of Mourning march in Pittsburgh. Images Mr. Martin captured that day are archived in the University of Pittsburgh History ULS Archives Service Center. The photos were exhibited in April in Hillman Library.

Pittsburgh Photos the Day After Martin Luther King’s Assassination

Chris Moore Was in Jones Mills (PA) to Interview Chuck Martin

“Glad I Was Here,” a retrospective book of Mr. Martin’s photographs, is scheduled to be out this month.

A keen interest in history and his ancestry led Mr. Martin to join  To continue reading click on

Farewell, Chuck...we'll all miss you

Farewell, Chuck…we’ll all miss you

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