James David Martin, age 74, passed away on November 27, 2017, at his son’s home in Wilmette, IL. Born May 7, 1943 in Madison, WI, James now born to Ruscal W. Martin and PhillisV. 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 Master’s degree in English Literature at Northeastern University in Illinois.
He went on to succeed in many roles, including, but not limited to: film/theater/entertainmentcritic and writer at the Chicago Tribune, teacher of film at Columbia College, speech writer forthe governor of Illinois, and did some writing for President Carter. He then moved intocorporate communications with two large companies and got involved in public relations andadvertising, including writing for several national publications. He received numerous awardsand accolades for his achievements in advertising and various forms of media & entertainment.In 1984, James formed his own public relations and advertising agency, JDM & AssociatesMarketing LLC, a well-known boutique agency specializing in the transportation and logisticsniche, that flourished for more than 30 years.
In his spare time, James now a passionate coach for his kid’s 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. Asa writer and editor of many years, he also took great pride in sharing his knowledge of theEnglish 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 now always willing to help those in need.