Lowell Vernon Martin, 83, of Woods Hole died on June 13 after a brief illness.
Mr. Martin was born in New Castle, Indiana. In his youth, he was an avid amateur pilot. He restored and flew a Stearman biplane during high school, which earned him the nickname Buzz.
He served in the Korean War as a technical staff sergeant at Otis Air Force Base. There he met Ann Jessup of Woods Hole, a former reporter for The Enterprise. The two married on June 9, 1956, in Raleigh, Indiana.
After graduating from Wentworth Institute of Technology, he worked at the Marine Biological Laboratory, where he directed the scientific support services for many years before retiring.
Mr. Martin served as sexton for the Church of the Messiah in Woods Hole. He also was a volunteer fireman at the Woods Hole Fire Station and helped found the Woods Hole Folk Music Society.
He was a ham radio enthusiast and enjoyed collecting and restoring antique engines and tractors. He exhibited his engines and tractors throughout New England, most memorably at the annual Woods Hole May Fair.
He also enjoyed target shooting, boating and boatbuilding, as well as visiting the Woods Hole Historical Museum’s boatbuilding shop.
In addition to his wife, Mr. Martin leaves two sons, David Martin and his wife, Helen Reuter, of Woods Hole, and Daniel Martin and his wife, Susan Wilson, of Scituate; and his sister, Carolyn Trowbridge of Noblesville, Indiana.
He also leaves four granddaughters, Gwen, Ella, Lilly, and Anna Martin; and several nieces and nephews.
A private memorial service is being planned.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Woods Hole Historical Museum’s Small Craft Restoration Program, 579 Woods Hole Rd., Woods Hole, MA 02543.