January 11, 2022 I Obituary

C.F. Martin & Co.’s Diane Martin Passes

Diane Martin

Martin Guitars has announced that Diane Martin, wife of Chris Martin and vice-chair of C.F. Martin & Co.’s board of directors, died on Jan. 4.  According to a statement from the company, “Diane bravely fought a battle with cancer for many years, but unfortunately, she lost that battle.”

“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. “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; the company’s statement read. She led by example through her hands-on commitment to bettering the 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’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 the company’s customers and partners.

In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that well wishers consider donating to the Martin Guitar Charitable Foundation to help carry on Diane’s legacy.


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