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Victor L Martin

April 28, 1947 ~ March 7, 2021 (age 73)


Fremont – Victor L Martin, 73 died Sunday March 7, 2021 at his home with his family at his side. He was born April 28, 1947 in Fort Wayne to James and Helen (Hilgemann) Martin. They have both passed away. Vic earned a Bachelor of Architecture degree from University of Oklahoma, and he also completed classes at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design. He established MartinRiley Architects-Engineers, and devoted over 30 years to designing a wide variety of projects in Fort Wayne and elsewhere. His projects included libraries, fire stations, office suites, churches, single family residences, apartments, schools, medical facilities and more. With each project he combined the unique ability to understand, synthesize, and interpret client’s needs and coordinate the entire architectural team. Vic was Adjunct Faculty at Indiana Institute of Technology and Indiana University-Purdue University in Fort Wayne. He was also Architectural Advisor at I.T.T Technical Institute and Purdue University Construction Technology Department. He was very active in his community and church. He was a member of Trinity English Lutheran Church in Fort Wayne where he was past District Deacon, House Committee Chairman, served on the Church Council, Call Committee, and was 2 year consecutive city champion church league Basketball Coach. His Board memberships included, Boy Scouts of America, Girl Scouts (Site Committee), Potawatomi (Site Committee), Arthritis Foundation, Baker Street Community Association, Lutheran Foundation Nominating Committee, Carriage House, Downtown Community Re-Development, Lutheran Life Villages, Historic Preservation Review Board, Pocahontas Swim Club and Family & Children’s Services. His love for everything trains started as a child and continued through his life, leading him to save and restore the Pennsylvania Train Station on Baker Street (downtown Ft. Wayne) where he had his office. He truly loved and would try to see good in everyone and every situation. Vic married Nancy Kimmel on March 18, 1971 in Tulsa Oklahoma and she survives. Also surviving are 2 sons, Jim (Zoe) Martin of Fort Wayne and Jeff Martin of Fort Wayne; 3 grandsons, Cash Martin, James Martin and Arley Martin; brother David (Cathy) Martin of Nashville, IN; niece, Becky Martin of Washington, DC; nephew Seth (Jessica) Martin of Lansing, MI; brother and 2 sisters in law, Bill Kimmel, Janice Scudder and Doris Mathews. Private family services are planned in the coming days and a Celebration of Life service will be held at a later date. The family asks that memorials be given in Vic’s name to The Carriage House, 3327 Lake Ave., Fort Wayne, IN 46805 or Lake George Conservancy, 1042 South Angola Road, Coldwater, MI 49036. To send condolences visit

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