Russell P. Martin, 57, of Johnstown, N.Y., passed away May 11, 2014, as a result of a motor vehicle accident. He was born Jan. 7, 1957, in Montclair, N.J., the son of Terrence and Doris Howard Martin Sr. Mr. Martin graduated High School in N.J., received his bachelor's degree from Stetson U. in DeLand, Fla. and his Juris Doctorate from Stetson U. College of Law in Gulfport, Fla.
He was first employed with Carr and Schnell Attorneys in St. Petersburg, Fla. He came to Johnstown 30 years ago and was the managing attorney for Mid Mohawk Legal Services in Fonda, N.Y. He then became the attorney for the Fulton County Department of Social Services and was the assistant public defender for the Fulton County Family Court. He maintained his private law office in Broadalbin and Gloversville. With his wife, he operated Flying Pig Antiques in Little Falls, N.Y. Mr. Martin was of the Protestant faith and was a member of the Fulton County Bar Assoc., vice president of the Johnstown Historical Society Board, served as the Johnstown Republican Committee chair, served three terms on the Johnstown Board of Education and was a member of the DaBuffs Civil War Assoc.
Mr. Martin is survived by his beloved wife, the former Helen J. Arnold, whom he married on May 26, 1990; a stepdaughter, Cynda Fickert of Auburn, Alabama; four sisters, Kathleen Martin of Johnstown, Sharon Hird of Modena, N.Y., Nancy Hart of Johnstown and Beverly Baker of Sharon Springs, N.Y. He is also survived by his mother-in-law, Barbara Arnold of Prattville, Alabama; nieces, nephews and cousins. He was predeceased by two brothers, Terrence Martin Jr. and Robert Martin; and his beloved dog Rudy was also killed in the accident.
Friends may call from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday at the Ehle Funeral Home, where a funeral service will be held at 12 noon on Saturday. Interment will be in Johnstown Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Johnstown Historical Society.