Northwest NEWS

January 31, 2000

Local News

Obituary: Wilbur James Martin

   Wilbur James Martin died on Sunday, January 16, 2000, following a brief illness.

   He was born on July 25, 1917, in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. The son of Elmer Ellsworth Martin and Anna Christian Martin, he was the youngest of four children, all of whom preceded him in death. He married Agnes Innocent McGinnis on March 13, 1940, who passed away on July 30, 1998.

   He is survived by three sons: Daniel J. Martin of Woodinville, James J. Martin of Kennet Square, Pennsylvania, and Laura, Adam and Jack Martin of Devon, Pennsylvania; and one great-grandchild, Megan Jan Martin of Suquamish.

   Wilbur enlisted and served in the Army Corps of Engineers in World War II and was part of the China-Burma-India campaign.

   The family moved from Wilkes-Barre to Hanover, Pennsylvania in 1953, where Wilbur worked for D.E. Weinbrenner Company, a food canner. He enjoyed blending fruit combinations and was responsible for the development and sales of the breakfast fruit drink marketed by PET Foods as Breakfast Cocktail, or B.C.

   Wilbur started his own business, a franchise of the Whitehall Taxkeeping System, in 1967 in Hanover, Pennsylvania. The family moved to Rehoboth, Deleware in 1969, when Wilbur began working for the Draper King Cole Canning Company. He formed the Rehoboth Homeowners' Association in 1971 and served for two years as their first president, helping to control the rapid growth and commercialism of the resort town.

   Wilbur moved to Washington State in 1998, where he resided with his son Dan and family in Woodinville. He served on the Board of Directors for Martingale and Company (a Woodinville business) for many years and was an active mentor to this publishing business.