James D. “Peck” Martin

November 24, 1946 - April 10, 2021

11/24/1946 - 04/10/2021

Past Services

Wednesday April 14, 2021
2:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Altmeyer Funeral Home - Benwood-McMechen Chapel
214 Marshall Street
McMechen, WV 26040
304-232-1710 | Directions
Thursday April 15, 2021
11:00 am
Altmeyer Funeral Home - Benwood-McMechen Chapel
214 Marshall Street
McMechen, WV 26040
304-232-1710 | Directions

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

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Mike Dailey
2 years ago

Was incredibly sad to hear of the loss of ‘Peck’ today – a very sad loss for the Martin family and for all outdoorsmen who knew him. It leaves a hollow feeling for any turkey hunter familiar with his crafted calls. Have known J. D. For over 20 years and own over 30 of his calls due to our mutual love of American hardwoods – I will truly miss conservations with him and the turkey shows won’t mean much without seeing him there. My prayers to our awesome Creator for the family as they heal from this tremendous loss – may God bless ‘Peck: with deep woods and wind rippled fields of grass full of turkey and deer as he waits for the rest of us

Michael Johnston and family
2 years ago

Sorry to hear of his passing. May he rest in peace. God bless

Love and prayers

Healy Baumgardner
2 years ago

Prayers to the entire family. May he fly high on Eagles’ Wings. ❤️

Jeffrey Wright
2 years ago

Sorry loss praying for family we miss you lot heaven god members church and party Christmas dinner bless you lot saying good bye

Chuck Porter
2 years ago

My thoughts and prayers are with the Martin Family. I have very fond memories of growing up around Peck and the entire Martin family.
Peck was a great man.

Vickie McClintock
2 years ago

My Deepest Condolences to all the lives he touched. May God carry you through the days ahead. RIP “Peck”

Lois Millhouse
2 years ago

Jimmy has been like a brother to me since I became friends with his sister, Bonnie in 1954.
I can remember being embarrassed if he came into the room while Bonnie and I were playing doggie. After all he was a boy my own age.
Jimmy has always greeted me with a hug and warm hellos all of our lives. His family is my family and he will be missed. I can only look forward to seeing him again in Heaven. Rest in Peace, Jim.

Brent Worls
2 years ago

Always the best place to swap stories about hunting, fishing, just anything fun and good. I’ll miss my visits with him.

James (Jamie) Schrumpf
2 years ago

I met Jimmy back when he was dating Becky. When he came over to see her at my grandparent’s house, where we all gathered on the weekends, he’d throw football with my cousin Russell (Rusty) Benham and me. By “throw football,” I mean he’d stand about 20 feet away and throw it at our midsections as card as he could, and we’d try to catch it. We got pretty good after a while. That was around 1965-1966, when Rusty and I were nine years old or so. Great times. RIP Jimmy, you touched us all in your life.