Poland- Loran P. "Coach" Martin, 68, died Wednesday evening, April 17, 2019 at Vibra Hospital.
Loran was born August 9, 1950 in Youngstown, a son of Loran W. and Eleanor Van Dyke Martin.
He attended Hubbard High School and East High School. During high school, he coached little league football for the Royal Oaks and North Side Knights. In 1969, he enlisted in the United States Navy, serving during the Vietnam War on the USS J. P. Kennedy Jr. Upon his discharge, he returned to the Youngstown area. For the majority of his career, he worked for the Village of Poland Street Department, retiring in 2002.
A man of great faith, he was a 30 year member of Bethel Friends Church, where he previously served as lead trustee. Loran was a volunteer member of the Western Reserve Joint Fire District since 1985, the Lowellville Rod & Gun, Friends of Berlin Lake, and the Mahoning Sportsmen's Association. In his free time, Loran enjoyed making wood crafts in his workshop, trains, camping, fishing, gardening, traveling, coin collecting, cheering for the Cleveland Indians and Browns, and especially attending his grandchildren's sporting events and wine making with his family. He also enjoyed coaching the Poland Little Bulldogs and Poland Youth Girls Softball, where he was affectionately known as "Coach."
In addition to his mother Eleanor of Boardman, he is survived by his wife, the former Louise Parker, whom he married October 13, 1969; four children, Donna (William) Markovich of Poland, Christopher (Michelle) Martin of Poland, Sandra (Jason) Romack of Struthers, Kathy (John) Martin of Canton; four brothers; two sisters; 12 grandchildren; one great-grandson; and his two miniature schnauzers, Harley and Annie.
He was preceded in death by his father.
A funeral service will be held on Wednesday at 11 a.m. at Bethel Friends Church, 2771 Spitler Rd. in Poland. Family and friends will be received on Tuesday from 4-7 p.m. at the Cunningham-Becker Funeral Home in Poland and Wednesday from 10-10:45 a.m. at the church. Interment will follow at the Poland Riverside Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests material tributes take the form of contributions to Cunningham-Becker Funeral Home, 270 North Main Street, Poland, Ohio 44514 to help with final expenses.
Please visit www.beckerobits.com to send condolences.