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90, entered into eternal peace on February 2, 2018 at his home in Upper Yoder Township. Born June 6, 1927 in Johnstown PA, son of Thomas and Eleanor Martz. Preceded in death by his parents, first wife Helen (Malhowsky), daughter Janice Riek, sister Eileen Smart and beloved Golden Retriever Mara. Survived by loving and devoted wife of 57 years, Dianne (Bellack), children, Robert Martz (Jean Usnik), Pamela Torchia (Patrick) all of Johnstown, Debora Clauson (Douglas) Bemus Point, NY, son in law Raymond Riek of North Carolina. Grandchildren, Amanda Chappell(Bruce), Thomas Martz (Kristine Deprey), Tyler Clauson, Bria Clauson, Jenna Clauson, Natalie Riek, Dustin Riek. Great grandchildren, Zea, Alexei, Kade, Logan, Julianna and Janice. Don attended the Greater Johnstown High School and enlisted in the Army Air Corp after graduation in 1945.His career began working for the Bethlehem Steel Company, where he was employed for many years before retiring as an Industrial Engineer. In 1986, Don co-founded Toma Metals Inc and was instrumental in its start-up, development and success. He held an executive position there for several years before retiring. Don accomplished anything that he set his mind to do, as he was an incredibly intelligent and patient man. Perfection was important to him and this was evident in everything that he did, from remodeling the family house to building and repairing guitars. As a young man, Don taught himself to play the pedal steel guitar and discovered his love of music. While mastering the guitar, he also learned to play the piano, banjo and mandolin. He would go on to perform with several local bands and shared the stage with a number of national artists. In the 1960s, Don owned and operated the Music House in the Morrellville section of town, where he sold a variety of instruments as well as offering guitar instruction. As the years passed, Don turned his interest from playing the guitar to collecting vintage instruments. This new venture led to collaborations with such establishments as Pittsburgh Guitar and Gruhns of Nashville for the perfect restorations. His expertise and knowledge of the craft landed him an outstanding reputation far and wide and he took great pride in his work. Don found joy in nature and he had compassion for all creatures. Long drives through the beautiful countryside were his favorite way to relax. Don will be remembered for his quick wit, generosity, kindness and honesty. His final days were spent with his family whom he truly loved. We thank God for the gift of his life. Time spent with him was a blessing and he will be truly missed by his family and many friends. Those wishing to pay tribute to this fine man will be received from 2-4 PM and 5-8 PM on Friday, February 9, 2018 at the Frank Duca Funeral Home. Westmont Chapel, 1622 Menoher Blvd, Johnstown PA 15905. Funeral Mass will be held 11 AM Saturday, February 10, 2018 at St. Clement Catholic Church, where Don was a Charter Member. Fr. William Rosenbaum. Interment, Grandview Cemetery. The family would like to thank the Palliative Care Unit at Conemaugh Hospital for their care and support as well as the Windber Hospice 600 Somerset Ave, Windber PA 15963, where in lieu of flowers, donations are suggested. Condolences may be sent through www.ducafuneralhome.com.
Published on February 7, 2018
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