SOUTH PORTLAND — Martin “Marty” J. Barron, 59, of South Portland, died Feb. 25, at Maine Medical Center.
Born in Milton, Massachusetts, he was the son of the late Martin A. and Joanne (Leavitt) Barron. He attended Holy Cross School, Cheverus High School and St. Francis Xavier University of Nova Scotia.
After college, Barron joined the Navy and became a pilot. He began by flying the P-3 Orion and continued his love of being airborne by flying commercially for Delta Airlines. Barron also had a passion for education, and taught chemistry at Cheverus High School for eight years. Most recently, Barron worked as an adjunct professor in the chemistry department at Southern Maine Community College.
A talented craftsman, Barron enjoyed carpentry and working on various jobs around the house. His proudest project and ultimate gift to his wife was the renovation of his cottage on Long Island, where he enjoyed spending summers with his family and friends.
Barron was an avid runner and music fan who loved to crank up the tunes any chance he got. He learned to speak German as an adult and took many trips to Germany to meet friends and explore. He loved a story, a joke and a beer. He was a faithful communicant of St. Bartholomew Church in Cape Elizabeth.
Barron was a devoted husband, brother, father and grandfather who was thrilled to be the “Papa Bear” of his three granddaughters.
He is survived by his wife of 18 years, Carlene Barron, of South Portland; his children, Elizabeth Barron, of Portland, Catie Brannelly, of Portland, Andrew Barron, of Portland and Brock Mooney, of Kennebunk; three granddaughters, Lucy, Carly and Mary Mooney; a brother, William Barron, of Huntington Bay, New York; three sisters, Meredith Schwarz, of Scarborough, Deborah Barry, of Naples, Florida and Beverly VanBuskirk, of Littleton, Colorado; and nine nieces and nephews.
Visiting hours will be held Thursday, March 3, from 4-7 p.m. at Conroy-Tully Crawford South Portland Chapel, 1024 Broadway. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday, March 4, at 11 a.m. at St. Bartholomew Church, 8 Two Lights Rd., Cape Elizabeth.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions to the Wounded Warrior Project are being requested.