Charles Martin

Charles Martin, 69, of Louisa passed away on May 18, 2020 at his home in Louisa. 

He grew up in Oak Ridge, Tennessee and received a master’s degree in physics from the University of Tennessee where he did post-graduate work in optics. He accepted a position and worked as a physicist for the United States Army at Fort Belvoir for 32 years, working in sensor technology research.  

He moved to Louisa in 1988 and commuted to Fort Belvoir for 30 years. He returned to Louisa each day so he could spend time in the country with his family.

He was also a chessmaster and a musician.  He played the guitar and inspired his son, Max, to play as well. Family get-togethers were always filled with music and many John Prine sing-alongs. He was an Odyssey of the Mind coach for many years when his sons were in grade school.

He was a member of the Thomas Jefferson Memorial Unitarian Universalist Church in Charlottesville where he was an active member of the choir. He was also an active member of the National Association of Retired Federal Employees (NARFE) of Charlottesville.

Charles is survived by his wife, Joanna Hickman, of Louisa; his sons, Hy (Hannah), of Brooklyn, New York; and Maxwell (Stephanie), of Santa Monica, California; and his granddaughter, Lou, of Brooklyn, New York.

Because of the Covid-19 restrictions, the private memorial is being postponed until a later date but will be held in Louisa.

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