In Memory of




Obituary for John Wesley Martin

John Wesley Martin, 69, of Roanoke, Va. went peacefully to be with his Lord on Saturday, October 28, 2023.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents James A. and Ida Catherine Martin and Ferdinand G. and Lena S. Ciuca; parents Charles M. and Alice C. Martin; brother Charles M. Martin, Jr.; special cousin Bill Moser; brother-in-law Monte Looney, and father-in-law Herbert Blankenship.

He is survived by his wife of nearly 6 years, Teresa Walker Martin; son John W. Martin, Jr. (Carrie); daughter Candice Swisher (Jammie); and grandsons Cole Swisher, Mayson Martin, Blake Swisher, Jase Swisher and Kane Swisher.  Also surviving are his sister Kitty Looney; sisters-in-law Melissa Henninger (Charlie) and Connie Burkert (Pete); mother-in-law Nina Blankenship; special cousin Enneke Moser and many nieces, nephews, cousins, and the beloved Ciuca Clan and special friends Tim and Becky Millsaps and Mark and Sharon Thompson.

John retired as Senior Chief Petty Officer from the US Navy in 1995 after 23 years of service and numerous accolades and awards including: Navy Commendation Medal, Combat Action Ribbon, National Defense Medal, Vietnam and Southeast Asia Service Medals and many more.  John followed his life-long dream with his Navy career; and yet he continued to lead an active life by joining the Virginia State Police, Roanoke County Public Schools and other local businesses before finally retiring in 2019.

John had many talents and loved spending time with his family and grandsons, especially outdoors.  In honor of John’s Navy career, outdoor hobbies and casual-camo attire, people attending the services are encouraged to do the same. 

The family visitation will be held from 6-8 pm on November 10, 2023, at Oakey’s North Chapel, and the service will be held on November 11, 2023, at 10:00 am with Chaplain Catina Martin, US Department of Veterans Affairs officiating the Celebration of Life service.  The interment will follow in Cedar Lawn Memorial Park. 

The family would like to express their sincere appreciation to those who assisted with John’s loving care during his final days in the Hospice Unit at the Salem VA Medical Center. 

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