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John Phillip Martin
  • Donations, in John's memory may be made to the River House, P.O. Box 3226, Beverly, MA 01915.

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“Miss you lots! Love you! ”
1 of 11 | Posted by: Grace Martin - Salem, MA - Family

“May you fly with the angels. Rest in peace John. ”
2 of 11 | Posted by: Roxanne Matton - salem, MA

“I love you like a brother rest in piece bro im gonna miss you johnny boy ”
3 of 11 | Posted by: alesha benz - salem, MA - Friend

“My heart goes out to John's family. You are all in my prayers. Love you all. I hope you are able to find peace soon. XOLove,Heather ”
4 of 11 | Posted by: Heather Lyons-Paul - Salem, MA

“So sorry for your loss ..john was one of my best friends. ..we had great times ...tattooing and working together for years he will b missed . ”
5 of 11 | Posted by: John Aia - Salem, MA - Friend

“So sorry for your loss. Stay strong, Gracie, James and family. Keep all memories of him in your heart. That's where he will stay with you always. ...Read More »
6 of 11 | Posted by: Albert Denis - Augusta, GA

“I called to the Lord in my distress, the Lord answered by setting me free.Gracie and James I am truly sorry for your loss, please be console by...Read More »
7 of 11 | Posted by: Pamela Alleyne - Lynn, MA

“James and Gracie, I am so sorry for your loss. ”
8 of 11 | Posted by: Susan Harris - Lawrence, KS

“I attended school with John beginning at Bentley. He always could make me laugh. Although we weren't in touch, he is someone I've never forgotten. ...Read More »
9 of 11 | Posted by: Erin Rydgren - Quimby, IA

“Brother rest up in Heavenly Glory of Jesus Christ your battles are over rest up little brother I am thankful so much for your life earth lost a son...Read More »
10 of 11 | Posted by: James L Martin Jr - Thomson, GA

“Sending my love and condolences to the family. Heartbreaking, truly. I will forever remember our childhood climbing trees and eating tacos on the...Read More »
11 of 11 | Posted by: Jaimee Anderson - Danvers, MA

SALEM- John Phillip Martin 31, of Salem, died unexpectedly, January 5th, 2017 at his home.

Born in Kilgore, Texas, he was the son of James Lee and Grace L. (Williams) Martin. He was raised and educated in Salem and attended Salem High School. While in High School, John was a member of the Salem High School Football and Wrestling teams.

A loving son, brother, uncle and great uncle, John enjoyed spending his time hunting and fishing. He was an avid athlete and enjoyed the sport of boxing in his adult hood. A talented artist, John enjoyed the artistry of tattoos and took great pride in his ink work. He especially loved to personally apply his creative artwork on his family and friends.

Although he battled through many difficult times in his life, John was always a loving and caring person to his family, who will be greatly missed.

John is survived by his parents, James Lee and Grace L. (Williams) Martin of Salem, his siblings, Jennifer Mettlen and her partner Shaun Springer of Peabody, Jason Harris and his fiancé Amanda Rock of Concord, N.H., James Martin Jr of Georgia, his nephews, Brandon, Jacob, Michael and Jeffery, his great nephew, Maddex. He was the brother of the late Evan Martin.

ARRANGEMENTS: His funeral services are private. Assisting the family with the arrangements is The O'Donnell Funeral Home 46 Washington Sq., (at Salem Common) Salem. Donations, in John's memory may be made to the River House, P.O. Box 3226, Beverly, MA 01915. To share a memory or offer a condolence, please visit