James Douglas “Peck” Martin of McMechen passed away Saturday, April 10th, surrounded by his loving family. He was born on November 24, 1946 to the the late John E. Martin and Virginia Martin of McMechen.
In addition to his father he is preceded in death by his brother John E.“Mutt” Martin, Craig Martin and sister-in-law Kathy Martin.
He is retired from the former LCP chemical plant, where he was the past union president, long time credit union manager and was the current owner and operator of Martin Brothers Taxidermy and Wild Game Calls.
Profound turkey call maker and taxidermist. He was famous for over 70 awards for wild turkey call making by the National Wild Turkey Federation. He was an avid outdoorsman, traveled the country and the world on hunting trips, he accomplished the World Slam, which is harvesting the 5 sub-species of the wild turkey and the oscillated turkey.
In addition to his mother, he is survived by his loving wife of 57 years Rebecca Martin, son Scott (Beth) Martin of McMechen, Stacey (Steve) Thomas of Wellsburg, and son James D II, “Jay Bird” of McMechen. Grandchildren Michael, Rachael, Taylor, Brittney, Lindsey, Emily, James, Lindsay, Jimmy III, Danielle and Noah. Great grandchildren Silas, Oliver, Owen, Ethan, Parker, Owen, Beckley, Mason, Julia, Annalee (Rosie), Lilly, Ivy Rose, Maren James and two more on the way. He is also survived by his sisters, Sandy (Richard) Sperling of Glen Dale, Bonnie (Anthony) Cuchta of McMechen, and brother Mark (Shelly) Martin of McMechen, and sister-in-law, Sandy Martin of Michigan, numerous nieces and nephews.
The family would like to extend thanks to Valley hospice, especially his nurse, Jackie.
Friends will be received on Wednesday April 14, 2021 from 2-8 pm at Altmeyer Funeral Home, Benwood-McMechen Chapel, 214 Marshall Street, McMechen.Services will be held on Thursday April 15, 2021 at 11 am with Rev Mitch Johnston officiating. In honor of “Peck” please feel free to wear your favorite camo or Martin Brothers apparel.
In Lieu of flowers, the family would like for a tree to be planted in his honor and or donations can be made to the John E “Mutt” Martin chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation scholarship fund c/o Jay Martin 320 Garfield St McMechen, WV 26040