Dr. William “Bill” H. Martin, Ph. D

Dr. William “Bill” H. Martin, Ph. D, 74, of Zanesville, died Sunday, November 21, 2021, at Genesis Hospital following a sudden illness. Dr. Martin was born March 20, 1947, in Zanesville, the son of John K. Martin and Peggy (Sams) Martin. He married Catherine “Cathy” A. (Rodocker) Martin who survives.


Something worth doing is worth overdoing. This is the sentence we regularly used to describe Bill.


A drink never went unfinished

A smoke never went out

Books were everywhere, and never unread

Food was rarely turned away (unless it was rice)

Music was never listened to quietly. In fact, nothing about Bill was quiet.


Why buy one fountain pen when you can buy 83? Why eat one handful of peanuts when the bag is still full? Why own one notebook when 35 seems more appropriate? Why watch one horrible tv show when there are so many horrible TV shows to watch? And why give one hug or kiss when there are so many to give?


Bill enjoyed life. He celebrated excess. He loved his daily routine. But he loved nothing more than his family.


Coffee and toast in bed for Cathy, his wife of 50+ years, was the norm. Every meal she made “was great” (even though it wasn’t). He worried when she left the house, and greeted her when she returned. If Cathy was in the room, there was a pretty good chance Bill was nearby.


His kids could do no wrong.


John Nathan (Sandra Wong)

Aaron Patrick (Mandi Weiser)

Sarah Kathleen

Rachel Elizabeth (Brad Dillon)


He was proud of everything they did and always had questions for them about work, life and everything in between. For Bill, there was nothing better than the occasions that brought all of his kids home.


The true apples of Bill’s eyes, his four granddaughters.


Madeline Scarlett

Margaret Josephine

Savannah Grayce

Annabelle Sophia (his cupcake)


When you looked on the dresser by his bed; or in his wallet; or in closed boxes, you didn’t find cash or jewelry…you found pictures of the girls or pictures or cards they made for PaPa.


So yes, something worth doing is worth overdoing, especially loving your family and the life you’ve created — which is what Bill did every day. We were lucky to have him, and will certainly miss him. Have one for Bill today — or indulge in some excess — he would have loved it.

Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 10:30 AM, Friday, November 26, 2021, at St. Nicholas Catholic Church, 925 East Main Street, Zanesville, with Fr. Martin J. Ralko as celebrant. To sign the online guestbook please visit www.hilliscombsnestor.com.  For more information about Bill’s family, feel free to visit his ancestry page: https://www.ancestry.com/family-tree/person/tree/168100949/person/292185358474/story



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