Johnathan Dirck Martin, age 59, died Saturday, July 11, 2022, at his home in Chatham County, North Carolina.
He was the first child born to the Rev. Alfred Clark Martin and Mrs. Diane Sadler Martin on Aug. 1, 1962, in Charlottesville.
Dirck is survived by his two daughters, Hannah Avery Martin and grandson Brayden Michael Dawson, of South Boston, and Mallory Clark Martin of Richmond. Dirck is also survived by his mother, Diane Sadler Martin, of Topping; and his eight siblings, Elizabeth M. Burfiend and husband Eric, of Richmond, Laura D. Martin and companion, George Athas, of Richmond, B. Kyle Martin, of Richmond, A. Brian Martin, of Richmond, Heather Swift and husband Doug, of Hudson, Ohio, C. Bruce Martin and wife Sirlei, of Athens, Ohio, Finley L. Martin of Roanoke, and Anna Maas and husband Ben, of Warrenton. He is survived by a host of nieces and nephews; his former wife, Lysaundra C. Jones; and former mother-in-law, Rachel A. Smith, both of South Boston.
Dirck was preceded in death by his father, the Rev. Alfred Clark Martin, of Yorktown; his paternal grandparents, Dr. John W. Martin and Mrs. Blanche Clark Martin, of Yorktown; and his maternal grandparents, Judge Robert Watson Sadler and Mrs. Elizabeth Dey Sadler, of Charlottesville.
Dirck spent his young childhood in Kenbridge and later moved with his family to Halifax, where his father was a minister of St. John’s Episcopal Church on Mountain Road from 1965-1993. There he gained a lifelong appreciation of church, family and friends. Dirck graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, North Carolina, with a bachelor’s degree in 1992. He lived in Chapel Hill for the remainder of his life, as he loved the creativity and kindness of the area. Dirck was employed at Big Valley Auto as a mechanic and worked with several local landscaping companies until he developed his skill in stone and rock masonry. He ran his own business, Everlasting Stone Masonry, until his death.
Dirck enjoyed vegetable and flower gardening, playing the trumpet, guitar and harmonica. He loved dancing, attending music festivals, tie-dyeing and making friends along his adventures. Most of all he loved sharing his zest for life with his children, grandson, family and friends. He shared his vegetables with his family and friends and often shared his homemade canning, breads, and pies.
Dirck shared his belief in God and his positive outlook on life with everyone he met along his way. He traveled to Costa Rica, Jamacia, Amsterdam, China, Tibet, Nepal Thailand, Mexico and Guatemala. He enjoyed visiting friends and family throughout the United States spending time in nature. He quickly became friends with everyone he met.
Funeral services are planned for Saturday, July 30, 2022, at St. John’s Episcopal Church on Mountain Road in Halifax at 1 p.m. with a reception to follow in the church undercroft.
In lieu of flowers, consider a local charity close to your heart, as Dirck supported several local charities in Chapel Hill, North Carolina and tithed to several nature conservation groups.