- The Washington Times - Friday, April 10, 2009

Keith Hamilton Martin, former assistant production director at The Washington Times, died Wednesday in his Harwood, Md., home after a seven-year battle with lymphoma. He was 48.

“We are deeply grateful that Keith Martin invested a quarter-century of his career as a consummate professional printing The Washington Times day in and day out for our readers and as a showcase for the stories we produce,” said Tom McDevitt, president and publisher. “His lovely wife of 21 years, two children and all his colleagues can be especially proud of his leadership and accomplishments in the workplace. We're going to miss him.”

Mr. Martin was born Nov. 10, 1960, in the District, the son of Dr. Walter Hamilton Martin and Doris Martin. He graduated from Sherwood High School in Sandy Spring in 1978 and worked for The Times for 25 years.

Mr. Martin and his wife would have celebrated their 21st anniversary May 21.

An avid musician, Mr. Martin often played guitar for the Saturday Masses at Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church in West River, Md., where he was a member.

“I remember going to see him in the hospital and hearing what sounded like a concert,” said David Coleman, commercial and production manager for The Times. “When I reached his room, there were nurses and visitors in the room and leaning against his door jam, and in the bed was Keith playing his heart out, [intravenous tube] and all.”

After being diagnosed with cancer in 2002, he dedicated himself to his family and friends.

He was an enthusiastic softball player, including on The Times team.

He is survived by his wife, Margaret; two children, Anthony and Samantha; a sister, Jeannette Martin Byrne; and an aunt, Marcia Martin Byrd.

The family will receive guests Saturday from 1 to 3 p.m. at Hardesty Funeral Home, 905 Galesville Road, Galesville, Md.

A memorial service will immediately follow.

Donations may be made in Mr. Martin's memory to the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life under “Samantha's Cause” at https://main.acsevents.org/site/TR/RelayForLife/RFLFY09SA?px=8602989&pg=personal&fr_id=13179.

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