Derek Omar Martin, 30, of 1263 Justine St., Pittsburgh, formerly of Detroit, Mich., and Meadville, passed away suddenly Friday, May 17, 2013, in Pittsburgh.
Derek was born in Detroit on Aug. 30, 1982, a son of Tony Martin Sr. and the late Sharon Crocker Martin. On April 20, 2013, Derek married Jamie Lee Bartley; she survives.
While living in Meadville, he was affiliated with United Faith Fellowship Church.
Derek was employed by CVS Pharmacy and by Ugly Dogs Saloon, both of Pittsburgh. He attended schools in Meadville and Detroit, including the Golightly Career and Technical Center in Detroit, where he learned culinary skills. His favorite pastimes included watching movies with his son, Daesean Omar, watching thunderstorms with his wife, Jamie, listening to music, creating, recording and performing his own beats. His sense of humor always brought a smile to everyone's face as he created a positive atmosphere whenever he entered a room.
In addition to his wife, Jamie, Derek is survived by a son, Daesean Omar Martin of Ohio; his father, Tony Martin Sr. of Detroit; five sisters, Pheia Crocker Smith and her husband, Jerome, of Detroit, Cindy Henry of Sterling Heights, Mich., Kya Petterson of Detroit, Devanne Martin of Superior Township, Mich., and Randi Martin of Detroit; two brothers, Tony Martin Jr. of Detroit, and Damone Martin of Harrison Township, Mich.; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Sharon Martin.
Family and friends are invited to call today from 4 to 7 p.m. at Stephen P. Mizner Funeral Home & Cremation Services Inc., 404 Chestnut St., Meadville, where a Celebration of Life service will be held at 1 p.m. on Thursday, with Pastor Phillip Thomas of Bible Baptist Church officiating.
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