Martin B. Watts, 66
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OTISFIELD -- Martin B. Watts, 66, of Otisfield, formerly of Cape Elizabeth, died on Tuesday morning, May 15, 2012, due to complications from diabetes.
Martin was born in Shepperton, England, on Oct. 23, 1945, and immigrated to Maine with his parents, John and Joyce Watts, in 1952. He graduated from Cape Elizabeth High School in 1963.
Following high school, Martin attended the University of Maine and graduated as a member of the Phi Kappa Phi collegiate honor society. He also completed postgraduate studies, earning two MA degrees.
In 1967, he married his high school sweetheart, Carlyn Cleaves, and they moved to Cape Elizabeth.
Martin taught at the Cape Elizabeth Middle School for 32 years, working with gifted and talented students in English, logic, advanced math, and computer science. In 1999, he retired from teaching and moved with his wife, Carlyn, to the shores of Saturday Pond in Otisfield into their dream log home that he designed himself.
Martin was passionate about his family, education, feeding the hungry, and Seeds of Peace International Camp on Pleasant Lake in Otisfield. Many years ago, along with his father-in-law, Ken Cleaves, Martin founded the St. Luke's Soup Kitchen in Portland and after moving to Otisfield, continued his community service by cooking at the Norway Community Lunch program. For many years, Martin was a dedicated volunteer at Seeds of Peace welcoming Delegate Leaders from around the world into his home each summer which they fondly called the 'party at Marty's.'
Martin was predeceased by his parents. He is survived by his wife of 44 years, Carlyn Cleaves Watts of Otisfield; a son Darren and his wife Diane of Astoria, N.Y., a daughter Jodi Roma and her husband Troy; five grandchildren, Trevor, Adelaide, Owen, Noah, and Oliver; a brother Paul and his wife Diane of Martha's Vineyard; and many nieces and nephews who were sure their Uncle Martin could fix anything!
A memorial service will be held on Friday, May 18, at 2 p.m., at Christ Episcopal Church, 35 Paris St., Norway. Interment with a graveside service will be held at Riverside Cemetery in Cape Elizabeth on Thursday, May 24, at 2 p.m. Arrangements are under the direction of Chandler Funeral Homes & Cremation Service, 45 Main St., South Paris. Online condolences may be shared with his family at www.chandlerfunerals.com.
In lieu of flowers, memorial
donations may be made to:
Seeds of Peace
370 Lexington Ave., Suite 2103 New York, New York 10017
or to your local food pantry
or soup kitchen.
Martin B. Watts
Published in Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram on May 17, 2012