James David Martin, age 74, passed away on November 27, 2017, at his sonís home in
Wilmette, IL. Born May 7, 1943 in Madison, WI, James was born to Ruscal W. Martin and Phillis
V. Martin. James graduated from Madison West High School in Madison, WI, in 1961; and
graduated from University of Wisconsin in Madison with a B.S. in Sociology in 1968.
Continuing his education, he later earned his Masterís degree in English Literature at
Northeastern University in Illinois.
He went on to succeed in many roles, including, but not limited to: film/theater/entertainment
critic and writer at the Chicago Tribune, teacher of film at Columbia College, speech writer for
the governor of Illinois, and did some writing for President Carter. He then moved into
corporate communications with two large companies and got involved in public relations and
advertising, including writing for several national publications. He received numerous awards
and accolades for his achievements in advertising and various forms of media & entertainment.
In 1984, James formed his own public relations and advertising agency, JDM & Associates
Marketing LLC, a well-known boutique agency specializing in the transportation and logistics
niche, that flourished for more than 30 years.
In his spare time, James was a passionate coach for his kidís sports teams, including baseball
and basketball. He taught his players, boys and girls of all ages and skill levels, that games are
about joy and the love of the game; and above all else, about teamwork and sportsmanship. As
a writer and editor of many years, he also took great pride in sharing his knowledge of the
English language and teaching about the importance of education.
James is survived by his children: Geoffrey Michael Martin, James Richard Lawrence Martin
and wife, Sally Bisson Martin, and Wendy Lee Wagner; grandchildren: Chance William Martin,
Dresden James Martin, Victoria Lynn Parker, and Lindsay Ellen Parker; brother Jerry Bonson
Martin; and sisters Bonnie Jean Ziemann and Kaye Ellen Jero.
James will be remembered as a loving father, a formidable teacher, and a caring friend who
was always willing to help those in need.