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Martin Fisher
Martin Fisher

Martin C. Fisher, LTC USA Ret., P.E. passed away Wednesday, August 17, 2016 with his beloved Anne Holup and two of his daughters by his side. He was 83.

Marty was born June 26, 1933 in Independence, Kentucky. Marty and his parents were witness to, and survivors of, the bombing of Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.

He has been a resident of York County since 1946. Marty is a graduate of Walsingham Academy, VMI and Arizona State University. He was a member of the undefeated VMI football team of 1957-58. He taught and coached track and field events at VMI. Accepting the call to active duty during the Vietnam War, he chose to make it his career. As a captain in the Corps of Engineers, Marty received the Bronze Star Medal for meritorious achievement in ground operations against hostile forces on August 24, 1968. His numerous assignments included working as the Army advisor to the Indonesian Army and Liaison Engineer Officer to the Saudi Arabia National Guard. He was instrumental in the design and construction of the modern Army firing ranges while assigned to TRADOC at Ft. Monroe in Hampton, Virginia.

Following his retirement from the Army after more than 20 years, in 1984 Marty became the Director of Public Works for York County and transformed the office into the present day Environmental Services Department. He retired in 1992.

Marty was very active in his parish of St. Joan of Arc, the York Lions Club, was on the Board of Directors of many – and volunteered for many other – charitable organizations, including Meals for Wheels, the Watermen’s Museum, the Natasha House and the Knights of Columbus.

He had a full and rewarding life with family and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, Forrest and Mary Fisher; his wife and anchor, Patricia Lee Fisher; his sister, Sharon Horn; his brother, Gerald Fisher. He leaves to cherish his memories his beautiful friend and companion, Anne Holup. His surviving family also includes his sister and brother-in-law, Mary Ann and Eric Foell; brother-in-law O.J. Horn. He leaves behind seven children: Katherine Bethany and husband, Charles; Karen Melendez, and husband, Deacon Jose; Kerry Fallon and husband Robert; Stephen Fisher and wife Zita; Robert Fisher and wife Penny; Daniel Fisher; Sean Fisher and wife Kathy. Marty’s grandchildren and great-grandchildren include: Lt. Commander Kristina Stoner and her husband, Lt. Nick Stoner; Deacon Miguel Melendez; Kyle Melendez and his fiancée, Taylor Armstrong; Steven Fallon, his wife Lauren and their daughter, Savannah; Lt. Colleen Hardie and husband, Lt. Matthew Hardie; Forrest Fallon; Anna Fisher, Helen Fisher, Owen Fisher; Brandon Fisher, his wife Alex, their two children Benjamin and Emma; Jesse Fisher; Amber Bonner, Ashley Bonner and Jackson Fisher.

A funeral mass was held at 11 a.m. Thursday, August 25, 2016 in St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church with Father Jim Curran officiating.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to any of the following in Marty’s name: VMI, York Lions Club, St. Joan of Arc Building Fund, the Natasha House or the Watermen’s Museum. Eternal rest grant unto him, oh Lord; may perpetual light shine upon him.