Dan Bradley Martin

June 21, 1951 - July 26, 2007

Dan Bradley Martin, 56, passed away Thursday, July 26, 2007, at the University of Wisconsin Hospital from a rare fungal infection following surgery. He was born June 21, 1951, in Waukesha, the son of James and Phyllis (Harbison) Martin.

Dan graduated from Waukesha High School in 1969 and received his undergraduate degree from Bethany College in West Virginia in 1973. In 1977, Dan earned his master’s degree in linguistics from West Virginia University. On May 28, 1977, Dan married Ruthann Lewis in Pennsylvania. The couple moved to Madison, where Dan received his law degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1981. In 1982, Dan became an assistant district attorney for the Dane County District Attorney’s Office, where he was regarded as an excellent and compassionate attorney by colleagues, defense attorneys and many judges. Dan was a member of the State Bar of Wisconsin.

Dan was an avid reader and loved to discuss what he read. He spoke Spanish and enjoyed traveling to Spanish-speaking countries. He looked forward to his annual excursions with his group of friends called The Amtrak Outlaws. Dan loved following college athletics, especially the Badgers. He was a loyal fan of the Madison Mallards and always had a season schedule in his pocket. Dan was known for his sense of humor and will be missed for his quiet, dry wit.

Dan is survived by his wife of 30 years, Ruthann of Madison; daughter, Emily Lewis Martin of Madison; brothers, Randy (Susan) Martin of Cleveland and Jim Martin of Milwaukee; sister, Lori Connolly (Dan Glaser) of Milwaukee; nephews, Matthew and James Martin; nieces, Elizabeth and Amanda Martin; and other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents and his nephew, Timothy Martin.

A celebration of Dan’s life will be held from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 31, at Warner Park in the Mallardsâ Duck Blind.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the charity of the donor’s choice in Dan’s name.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to the doctors and nurses of the University of Wisconsin Hospital.

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