David Martin, Jr. Obituary

David A.  Martin, Jr.
David A. Martin, Jr.

September 2, 1947 - September 15, 2019
Born in Atlanta, Georgia
Resided in Aurora, Illinois


David A. Martin, Jr., known as “Pops” to many, “Jibber Jabber” to several, and a loyal and steadfast friend to all, passed away surrounded by family on September 15, 2019. He was 72. Dave was a man of deep faith, and a follower of Jesus.

Dave was the beloved husband to Grace and would often say “Grace my love, come sit down next to me.” They would have celebrated their 50th anniversary in December. Dave was a loving father to Michelle (J.P.), Laurel (Chris), David, and Christopher and a cherished grandfather to Carina, David (“Lil Big”), Molly, Tommy, Maya, Jonny, London, Elizabeth (“Lizzy”), and Nathan (“NateHat”). He was a dear brother of Laurel, Beth (Richard), Peter (Jean), Eric (Hiromi), Skip, and Allan (Melody) and a fond uncle of Gershom (Katherine), Josh (Kate), Isaiah, Hannah (Chris), Alex (Ashley), David (Ronda), Neil, Drew (Ruthie), Jill, Steve, Kerry, and all of their children.

Dave’s greatest passion was relationships with people. He would listen, laugh, cry, challenge, and impart wisdom. After graduating Wheaton College with a degree in Philosophy, he was a bus driver, options trader, art school student, investment due diligence director, and most importantly an advocate for children as a DCFS supervisor/social worker. He earned his MSW from Jane Addams School of Social Work, UIC. He was deeply involved in the family church. Dave loved to play piano and is still likely working on that Chopin piece in heaven. As much as he loved music, he’d always turn the radio down. He was a talented artist, handyman, author and poet (he’d have preferred this to be a Haiku). He was known to cry at sweet movies and even some sappy commercials. Dave grew up in Japan, and had a lifelong love for the country, its food, language, and culture. He usually won any tournament he entered and made the world’s best waffles.

Dave was preceded in death by his son Christopher, his parents David and Jacqueline, his sister Laurel, his grandmother Min, his brother-in-law/dear friend Richard, and his nephew David. He will rejoice in seeing them again and is likely convincing them to go to the heavenly Dunkin’ Donuts right now to get all caught up.

A celebration of life service will be held at Highpoint Church, 1805 High Point Drive, Naperville, IL, 60563 on Saturday, September 21st at 10AM, followed by an opportunity to greet Dave’s family and friends from 11:00AM till 12:30PM. Treats, which Dave loved to sneak behind Grace’s back, will be served.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Last Frontiers (lastfrontiersmission.com ), which Dave supported as a board member and volunteer, or the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (lls.org).

“God will swallow up death forever, and the Lord God will wipe away tears from all faces. There shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away. We who are alive shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord.” -Isa. 25:8; Rev. 21:4; 1 Thess. 4:17-18

God said, “Well done my good and faithful servant.”

Pops, we will miss you every day.




Celebration of Life
Highpoint Church
1805 High Point Drive
Naperville, IL US 60563
Saturday, September 21, 2019
10:00 AM
HIghpoint Church
1805 High Point Drive
Naperville, IL US 60563
Saturday, September 21, 2019
11:00 AM - 12:30 PM