MOUNTAIN LAKE PARK Britten Leo Martin Jr (known by most as Leo and some as "Slugger"), died on Sunday, June 25, 2017, at the age of 76.
Leo was born in Loch Lynn, on May 7, 1941. He was the son of Britten Leo Martin and Mary Irene Riley.
Leo was a 1959 graduate of Southern High School. He attended the Naval Academy, Potomac State College, and graduated from West Virginia University in 1964, majoring in accounting. He also earned his MBA from Frostburg State University and later passed the CPA exam.
After a stint in the Army from 1964 to 1966, Leo joined R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company in Winston-Salem, N.C. He was a systems analyst and was on the small team which installed the first coast to coast fax system for R.J. Reynolds, connecting the home office with a newly acquired, California-based company, Hawaiian Punch. This experience led to one of his famous quotes: "When you don't know what to do in a situation, just do something."
During his years in North Carolina, Leo served as a member of the North Carolina National Guard and left the service with the rank of captain. In North Carolina, he also met his future wife, Frankye Lou Pulliam. They were married in November 1971 and were the parents of two children, Britten (1973) and Meredith (1980).
After his father's death, Leo returned to Maryland to run the family operated C.P. Martin and Son store in Mountain Lake Park. He sold the store in 1982 and joined Garrett Community College where he taught business classes and later served as Dean of the finance department. In 1985, he was hired as a trust officer for Garrett National Bank. In 1987, he struck out on his own, forming a financial consulting company, The IRA Doctor. Over 30 years, he conducted thousands of seminars for financial institutions, wrote a book, produced instructional videos, and gained a reputation as one of the foremost experts on individual retirement accounts in the country.
Leo was ever engaged with his beloved local community. He served six years as a member of the Mountain Lake Park Town Council. He was the mayor of Mountain Lake Park from 2001 until his death. Leo was also a founding member and first president of the Garrett County Municipalities Inc., a group representing the eight towns in Garrett County. Leo served as a Scout Master in the Boy Scouts and coached Little League baseball.
Mr. Martin could often be seen around town talking politics or cheering the Ram sports teams on to victory. He was a prankster who enjoyed pulling off practical jokes, he loved telling stories, and he was a master of salty language. Leo was an avid reader, often working through numerous books at one time; he loved mysteries and historical fiction. Later in life, he embraced new technologies, like Netflix, where he could watch endless documentaries from around the world.
Leo was preceded in death by his mother and father, and two sisters, Virginia Ann Martin and Betty Small.
He is survived by his sisters, Barbara Schweitzer of Madison, Va., and Emily Kutler, San Francisco, Calif.; his wife, Frankye, King, N.C.; his son, Britten and daughter-in-law, Jennifer, Tokyo, Japan; his daughter and son-in-law, Meredith and Cody, King, N.C.; and two granddaughters, Stella and Lauren.
Details on a memorial service are forthcoming.
In lieu of flowers or gifts, the family is requesting a donation to the Southern Garrett High School Athletics program in his honor 345 Oakland Drive, Oakland, MD 21550.
Newman Funeral Homes, P.A. 1100 Memorial Dr., Oakland, is in charge of his arrangements.
Condolences may be sent to his family at www.newmanfuneralhomes.com.
Published on June 28, 2017