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Clyde Dean Martin

July 21, 2022

July 26, 1930 – July 15, 2022

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Clyde and Carol Martin, Christmas Day 1993

“Tell the birds that I am gone.”

Clyde Dean Martin, age 91, departed this life on July 15, 2022. He is survived by his wife of nearly 38 years, Carol, three sons (Nathan, Ronald, and Gary), seven grandchildren, one great-grandson, and two stepchildren. His first marriage ended in divorce.

Born July 26, 1930, in Ardmore, Oklahoma, to migrant workers, Clyde was six years old when his father settled the family in California, where he accepted a steady job on a grape farm. Clyde attended high school in Delano, where he ran track. He attended Bakersfield College and then earned his B.S. at Heald Engineering College in San Francisco. After college, Clyde joined the U.S. Air Force where he was recruited by the NSA. He worked as a mechanical engineer for NSA during his enlistment and then as a civilian in Maryland until his retirement. During his career, he earned many awards for his accomplishments, including patented inventions.

While in college, Clyde became involved in ballroom dancing and took a crash course at an Arthur Murray studio to become a teacher. He taught dancing for a short time in Maryland but ultimately he enjoyed social dancing more. Clyde was an accomplished ballroom dancer and sought-after dance partner at local studios. He met Carol at a Washington, D.C., dance studio called Danceland (now Chevy Chase Ballroom), and they married in 1984. After he retired from NSA, Clyde and Carol formed C. Martin Video, a small company focused on providing educational and entertainment videos for ballroom dancers. They traveled together to dance events in the USA and England, filming shows and workshops for distribution.

In later years, Clyde enjoyed growing tomatoes, playing with his cats, watching “NCIS” and PBS mystery series on TV, walking through neighborhood streets, putting in time on the treadmill, and feeding the wild birds. Always a voracious reader, he particularly loved the Alex Cross and Brad Thor series, as well as books by writers such as David Baldacci and James Lee Burke. In his final year, he read 92 books on his iPad.

A sweet and gentle soul who loved a good joke, Clyde was a man of great integrity and kindness. He is so sorely missed by all who knew and admired him. He will be interred at Arlington National Ceremony at a later time.


4 comments

  1. I am so sorry to hear of Clyde’s passing. My condolences to Carol and family. Clyde was a very sweet gentle and nice man. I know he stayed as long as he could. He was a pleasure to dance with. Sending prayers for everyone and love.


  2. So sorry to hear about Clyde’s passing, so close to his 93d birthday. I had planned to send him a birthday greeting on the 26th. Have really missed dancing with him, esp. the West Coast Swing. My condolences to Carol, Donna, and the rest of his family.


  3. Such sad new to read this morning. Carol I’m sorry to hear of Clyde’s passing. Always kind, friendly to all and a good dancer. I believe the ladies loved him to partner them.
    My sincere condolences to you and all the family.


  4. There are wonderful memories of Clyde and Carol, dancing at K2 especially. Clyde was always a gentle and accomplished dancer who could give advice about a step and show you how to execute. My condolences to Carol and family…he is now dancing among the stars. Elizabeth



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