Obituary of Rudolph Martin
Rudolph "David" Martin., son of Agnes Martin Jackson (who preceded him in death), was born on
August 15, 1937 in Washington, DC. He entered eternal rest on Wednesday, February 6, 2019. He
was the 2nd of 10 children. He was educated in the DC Public school system and went on to earn a
Real Estate License in September 1977 and become the proud owner of David D. Martin Real Estate
Company, where he was licensed to serve in Washington, Maryland and Virginia Metropolitan area.
From August 19, 1955- August 20, 1959, David served in the United States Navy as a Petty Officer
Third Class (E4) and completed his tenure with an Honorable Discharge.
David had a passion for cooking, entertainment, and he loved serving at his church. He had a
debonair style for dressing. His favorite sport's team was the Washington Redskins. David loved to
socialize and was known in his neighborhood by his generosity and kindness. He loved to make
people laugh and had a witty sense of humor. David had an inner strength that kept him going when
it seemed he couldn't go on.
David was known to have loved nice things (clothes, jewelry, artifacts, cars), everything his heart
desired. But David also had a love for God. He was a former member of Holy Redeemer Catholic
Church and was currently a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church, where he was a member of the
Knights of Columbus and a founding Charter Member of the Saint Mary Council No. 10046. He also
served in other offices of the Knights of Columbus to include serving as the Grand Knight of Council
No. 10046. Faithful Navigator and Color Corps Commander of Walsh Assembly, and Secretary to
the Master of the 4th Degree. David was loved by many. So much so that he had several mothers
growing up. His biological mother, Agnes Martin, his great Aunt Lorraine and Uncle Russell, and
cousin, Ruth, and he called them all 'Mom & Dad". God used them all to help him navigate through
life when it seemed no one else could.
Though David was known by many, he had a private side of him that was only known by him and
God. His strong faith in God freed him from the bondage he put himself in. As much as he could, he
made amends with himself and the people he felt he needed to, and with God. David was ready to
make heaven his home, and God welcomed him with open arms on Wednesday, February 6, 2019.
David went on before us to pave the way for his children: David Rudolph Martin, Jr. (preceded him
in death), Tonya Martin, D'Wayne David Lee, David Duane Martin, II; grandchildren: Duane Lee, II
(Jessica), Eli Garland, Josi Weaver, Rylin Lee, Eva Garland-Lee, Dasia Martin, Madison Martin,
Kameron Jenkins; Great Grandchildren: Dwayne Lee, Amber McLain, Mercedes Lee, Genevieve
Lee; Brothers: John "Sonny Martin, LeLand "Jakie" Jackson, Billy Jackson, Alphonson Rowe (all
preceded him in death), Frederick "Freddie" Rowe; Sisters: Carolyn Jackson Miller (preceded him
in death), Charlotte Jackson Boyd (Lewis), Celestine Jackson Ross (Sam), Willie-Mae Rowe, Rebecca
Hines; and a host of family and friends.
"For we know that if our earthly house of this tabernacle were dissolved, we have a building of
God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens." II Corinthians 5:1
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