The Bluegrass Standard offers its deepest and sincerest condolences to the Martin Family.
With great sadness, Martin Guitar announced that Diane Martin, wife of Chris Martin and vice-chair of C.F. Martin & Co.’s board of directors, died on January 4, 2022. Diane bravely fought a battle with cancer for many years, but unfortunately, she lost that battle on Tuesday.
“This is truly a great loss to the Martin family, the local community, and anyone who was lucky enough to know Diane,” said Thomas Ripsam, president and CEO of Martin Guitar. “At this time, our thoughts and prayers are with Chris and their daughter Claire.”
A philanthropist, a business leader, a loving wife, and a mother, Diane Martin was loved and respected by many. She led by example through her hands-on commitment to bettering our local community. She was chair of the Northampton Community College Foundation’s Board and chair of the Martin Guitar Charitable Foundation. She was instrumental in Martin Guitar’s success over the last three decades, fighting for diversity and sustainability, representing the company with numerous organizations, and developing close relationships with many of our customers and partners.
Anyone who knew Diane liked her for her quick wit, sense of humor, and compassion. And, while Diane will be greatly missed, we will continue to honor and celebrate her life. In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that you consider donating to the Martin Guitar Charitable Foundation to help carry on Diane’s legacy.