The Honorable Roger F. Martin, 83


The Honorable Roger F. Martin of Mequon and Scottsdale, Ariz., died unexpectedly Dec. 10, 2010, at his home in Arizona at the age of 83.
He was the most loving, and deeply beloved husband of Ann Louise Curran Martin, for 60 years; cherishing and beloved father of David "DJ" (Karen), Timothy, Amy and Geoffrey (Anne) Martin; proud grandfather of Christopher (Nicole), Meghan, Elizabeth, Kevin, Abigail, Thomas, Emily and Margaret Mary Martin; step grandfather of Brian (Heather) Nill, their children Julia, Tyler and George (Ellen) Nill;  delighted great-grandfather to Isabella and Alexandria Martin, granddaughters of Deborah D. Martin.  Fond brother of Kenneth J. (Marge) Martin of Cincinnati; uncle to many wonderful nieces and nephews; and dear friend to Judith Malone.

He was preceded in death by his parents, John and Wilhelmina Martin; sister, Wilma  Bellerson (Albert);  and brother, Clyde Martin (Kathleen). And he was honored by the friendship of wonderful, supportive friends.

Roger was born in Cincinnati in 1927, to John and Wilhelmina Martin. Growing up during the depression, Roger graduated from Purcell High School at the end of World War II, earned his BSBA from Xavier University in Cincinnati, and served in the U.S. Naval Reserve.  He later completed the Columbia University executive management program in Harriman, N.Y.

Beginning his career as an accountant, he married his high school sweetheart, Ann, and went on to become general manager of several Masonite Manufacturing divisions before moving to Chicago as vice president for the Masonite Corp. He continued on to become the first professional general manager of the Airline Pilots Association (ALPA), which took him to Washington, D.C., for the first time. It was his joining MGIC that brought him to Milwaukee in 1974 through 1987. During these years, he was active with various charities and appointed to board positions including Joint Action Community Service (JACS), Washington, D.C.; chairman of Milwaukee School of the Arts (now MIAD); director of the Chicago Home Loan Bank; chairman of the Pension Benefit Guarantee Corp. (PBGC) while prominently supporting the Republican Party of Wisconsin and as a member of the Founderís Club.

In 1987, Roger was appointed by President Ronald Reagan to become a member of the Federal Home Loan Bank Board, Washington, D.C., requiring a Senate confirmation, which brought him the title "The Honorable" Roger F. Martin.  After working through the savings and loan crisis, he returned to Milwaukee in the early 1990s, taking various consulting positions in the investment banking industry, was co-founder and director of Fortress Bank, director of the Wisconsin Savings and Loan Review Board, while holding the positions of chairman and CEO of Pope Scientific Inc., a family-owned manufacturing plant, at the time of his death. Roger had a full, interesting and productive career. He was also a member of Milwaukee Country Club and the Milwaukee Club.

Visitation will be held today, Dec. 16, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Feerick Funeral Home, 2025 E. Capitol Drive, Shorewood. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated Friday at 10 a.m. at Old St. Mary Catholic Church, 836 N. Broadway, at the corner of Broadway and Kilbourn.  Private committal will be held at Resurrection Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, remembrances can be sent to Father James Bock, c/o Mary Gate of Heaven Catholic Church, P.O. Box 2564, Negril, Westmoreland, Jamaica, West Indies; Development Office; St. Catherine Residence, 1032 E. Knapp St, Milwaukee, WI, 53202; Benedict Center, 135 W. Wells St., Suite 700, Milwaukee, WI, 53203; St. Judeís Shrine, 512 W. Saratoga St., Baltimore, MD  21201-1896.