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James D. Martin, President of JDM & Associates Marketing, Dies at 74

In Loving Memory.

Evanston, IL, USA, December 18, 2017.  James D. Martin, President of public relations and advertising agency, JDM & Associates Marketing LLC, died in his son's home in Wilmette, IL, on November 27, 2017. His last weeks were spent comfortably with his close family and loved ones. 

James D. Martin, President of JDM & Associates Marketing LLC

James D. Martin, President of JDM & Associates Marketing LLC

James succeeded in many professional roles over the years, including, but not limited to: film/theater/entertainment critic and writer at the Chicago Tribune, teacher of film at Columbia College, speech writer for the governor of Illinois, and spent some time writing for President Carter. He then moved into corporate communications with two large companies and got involved in public relations and advertising, including writing for several national publications. He received numerous awards and accolades for his achievements in advertising and various forms of media & entertainment. In 1984, James formed his own public relations and advertising agency, JDM & Associates Marketing LLC, a well-known boutique agency specializing in the transportation and logistics niche, that flourished for more than 30 years. During that time, he gained many friendships and enjoyed many experiences with the members of the media and his long list of clientele.   

In his spare time, James was a passionate coach for his kid’s sports teams, including baseball and basketball. He taught his players, boys and girls of all ages and skill levels, that games are about joy and the love of the game; and above all else, about teamwork and sportsmanship. As a writer and editor of many years, he also took great pride in sharing his knowledge of the English language and teaching about the importance of education.      

James is survived by his children: Geoffrey Michael Martin, James Richard Lawrence Martin and wife, Sally Bisson Martin, and Wendy Lee Wagner; grandchildren: Chance William Martin, Dresden James Martin, Victoria Lynn Parker, and Lindsay Ellen Parker; brother Jerry Bonson Martin; and sisters Bonnie Jean Ziemann and Kaye Ellen Jero.  

James will be remembered as a loving father, a formidable teacher, and a caring friend who was always willing to help those in need. 

A small and intimate memorial service was already held with close family and friends. There will be no further public funeral arrangements. 

For any further inquiries, you may contact: 
Geoff Martin

Geoff Martin