Martin Dann Jr.

Staff Writer
Washington Times-Reporter
Martin Dann Jr.

Martin James Dann Jr., 76, of Washington, died at 10:55 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 15, 2009, at his home.

Born on Feb. 11, 1933, in Westline, Pa., to Martin James and Margaruette Young Dann, he married Joyce L. Stalker on April 24, 1954, in Bradford, Pa.  She survives.

Also surviving are five children, Marcia (Russ) Heisel of Bloomington, Lori Gulley of Lacon, Ill., Jim (Dana) Dann of Brownstown, Ill., Jeff Dann (Dale Heuser) of Phoenix, Ariz., and Jonathan (Rebecca) Byler Dann of Washington, Ill.; one sister, Wilma Arnold of Pennsylvania; eight grandchildren, Corey Heisel, Andrea (Todd) Banbury, Leah Hambleton, Thomas Kempf, Hannah Dann, Michael (Lindsey) Dann and Soren and Stella Byler Dann; and seven great-grandchildren, Kendra and Skyler Banbury, Rylan and Candence Hambleton, and Carson, Cayleb and Cielyn Dann.

He was preceded in death by one grandson, Joshua Bruce Kempf; two sisters, Eleanora Milbourne, Loretta Keeton and Marie Chirillo; and one brother, Carlyle Dann.

Martin was a U.S. Army Korean War Veteran and a member of the 187th Regimental Combat Team. He was a recipient of the Silver Star, Bronze Star and Purple Heart and also received metals for good conduct, national defense, Korean service with four battle stars and one arrowhead, a U.N. service award, presidential unit citation, combat infantry badge and a parachute badge with two combat jump stars.

After attending leadership school and jump school at Ft. Campbell, Ky., Martin served as a squad leader, corporal and a rakkasan. He survived two combat jumps in the winter of 1950-1951 in Korea, taking retirement from the Army in 1953.

He obtained an industrial engineering certificate from Cornell University and retired in 1990 as executive vice president of General Methods Corporation. Martin served as an officer in various community and professional organizations, including the Society of Industrial Engineers, Engineering Council, Industrial Corporation Board, Local and State Jaycees and as the secretary/treasurer and chaplain of the Lester Hammond Jr. chapter of rakkasans. He also served as a scoutmaster and as the president of the District 51 school board in Washington for six years. 

He was a member of the Highview Christian Church in Washington, where he served as an elder and church board member for many years.

Services are 11 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2009, at Highview Christian Church in Washington. Pastor Mark Westman will officiate. Visitation is 4 to 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 19, 2009, at Deiters Funeral Home and Crematory in Washington, with additional visitation from 10 to 11 a.m. Tuesday at the church. Military rites were conducted by the U.S. Army and the Tazewell Military Rites Team. Cremation rites will follow services.

Memorials may be made to the Highview Christian Church, Methodist Hospice or to Illinois Cancer Care.

Martin’s memorial Web site is available at, where condolences may also be sent to the family.