James E. “Jim” Martin, age 59, of Blacklick, OH and formerly of West Jefferson, OH, passed away Sunday, January 15, 2017. Jim graduated from West Jefferson High School and worked at Nationwide Insurance, as well as being a coach and sports official for over 30 years. He held many offices in various Central Ohio youth sports associations including the WJYAA, Columbus Diocese Football Association, and was recently inducted into the CWFOA Hall of Fame. Jim was a parishioner and Eucharistic minister at St. Matthew the Apostle Catholic Church in Gahanna and was president of his neighborhood HOA. Jim was preceded in death by his parents, Steve and Betty Martin as well as two brothers David Campbell and John Martin. He is survived by his wife Kathy Martin, son Andrew (Allison) Engelbert of Johnstown, OH, daughter Colleen (Ken) Mercereau of South Carolina, grandchildren Bobby, Abby, Jimmy, Madison and Parker, brother Roger (Sue) Campbell, sister Janet (Paul) Turner, sister Dee (Scott) Elfrink, as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Visitation will be held from 5:00-8:00p.m. FRIDAY at RADER-McDONALD-TIDD FUNERAL HOME, 1355 West Main Street, West Jefferson, OH 43162 (614)-879-9222. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 10:00a.m. SATURDAY, JANUARY 21, 2017 at ST. MATTHEW THE APOSTLE CATHOLIC CHURCH, 807 Havens Corners Road, Columbus, OH 43230 preceded by visitation 30 minutes prior to Mass. Father Ted Sill will celebrate the Mass. Graveside burial service will immediately follow at Mt. Calvary Cemetery, 530 West Jefferson-Kiousville Rd., West Jefferson, OH 43162. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to St. Matthew the Apostle Catholic Church, 807 Havens Corners Road, Columbus, OH 43230. Please visit www.radermcdonaldtiddfuneralhome.com to send condolences to Jim’s family.
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