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John T. “Stitch” Martin
August 4, 1960 ~ December 4, 2023 (age 63) 63 Years Old
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With heavy hearts we are saddened by the announcement of our baby brother, John Thomas “Stitch” Martin, age 63, who passed peacefully in his home on Monday December 4, 2023, John was born on August 4, 1960, in Uniontown, PA to the late James H. and Viola E. Martin.
In addition to his parents, John is preceded in death by his wife, Marie Krepps Martin, and brother, James E. Martin.
He is survived by his siblings: Theodore “Binky” (Jenny) Martin Sr. of Uniontown, PA, Emma (Mike) Martin Jones of Uniontown, PA, and Viola “Mickey” Martin of Pittsburgh, PA; 3 stepchildren: Kristina Polling, Felicia Krepps, and Steven Krepps, and a host of nieces and nephews in which he loved. His niece, Waynette, held a special place in his heart and he lovingly called her Waynie. His special childhood friends, Mike and Lisa Kenes and close friends Erik Hosing, Marla Romesburg, and Bill Lewellen will cherish his memory.
Stitch was a former member of the Mt Olivet Baptist church in Uniontown, PA. He was baptized at the age of 9. His favorite bible verse was the Lord’s Prayer - Psalm 23. He sang in the children’s KMS choir and the youth choir in which he also played the drums. You were truly blessed if you captured Stitch singing in his surprisingly high tenor voice. Stitch’s love for music carried on throughout his life. He played drums in a band and serenaded those around him with his gift of playing the drums on any given evening.
Stitch was a graduate of Laurel Highlands Senior High School. He played on the football team proudly wearing number 75. We fondly remember gathering around the radio to listen to Friday night’s high school football announcer call out his name, “Mean Stitch Martin”, as he made another great play for the team. He was a mechanic, carpenter, and electrician by trade. Stitch assisted many people with home improvements and construction projects. He was the man with all the tools. Whatever tool you needed, Stitch had it.
Stitch loved to cook and grill. Everyone knows he made the best steaks, lasagna, and chili. His chili won second place in the first annual Harvest Event Planning Chili cook-off in 2023. He was known as the “grill master”. Whenever there was a cook-out or family reunion, Stitch was on the grill. His sister Emma and brother-in-law Mike recently purchased a new grill. They lovingly tell the story of how Stitch forbade them to touch it until he had it seasoned to perfection and ready to go. It was not long after that Mike and Emma’s grill became Stitches grill.
Everyone knows of the big heart Stitch had. Stitch, with the help of his friend Bill, assisted in the care of his Uncle Calvin Davenport. He dedicated his time in assisting friends and family that were in need. Stitch was always there ready to help in any way he could. He was literally a big teddy bear. Because of his fatherly characteristics his sister Emma nicknamed him “Pap”. His passion was riding his Harley Davidson motorcycle. He loved going on bike runs with his friends. He was the former founder and road master of the Uniontown area chapter of the Brothers of the Hammer MC and co-founder of the Bonded Souls MC in which he served as Vice president.
Our hearts are broken but we know that God is in control. Matthew 5:4 tells us that “Blessed are those that mourn, for they will be comforted”.
Home going services for Stitch will be held on Friday December 15, 2023, at Mt Olivet Baptist Church located at 57 Stewart Ave in Uniontown, PA. Viewing from 11am to 1pm. Funeral to start directly following at 1pm.
Funeral arrangements are in the care of the LANTZ Funeral Home 297, East Main street Uniontown, PA.. Condolences and floral tributes may be submitted via www.lantzfh.com.