Martin James Britain

May 7, 1922 - January 3, 2005

Martin was the first child born to James Matthew Britain and Irene Delory Britain on May 7, 1922 in Hamilton Ontario Canada and died suddenly on January 3, 2005 in Plano. He grew up in Toronto Canada and was educated by the Christian Brothers and Basilian Fathers. He attended Assumption College in Windsor Ontario Canada and left in his junior year to join the US Army. He was admitted to the AST program and sent to Louisiana State, University of Minnesota and the University of Cincinnati to study engineering. He went overseas in 1944 to England, France, Belgium (Battle of the Bulge) and Germany with US Army Engineers 7th Armored Division. After June 1945 he was with the 2nd Armored Division in Berlin (July & August 1945) during the Potsdam conference. He returned to the US in January 1946, resumed college and graduated from University of Western Ontario in October 1946. He then attended graduate school at University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. On June 12, 1948 he married Bettie Eaton Murphy at Assumption church in Windsor. They moved to Michigan. His whole working career was spent as the financial officer of various insurance companies necessitating the moves from Detroit to Kansas City to Battle Creek MI to Jackson MI to Chicago to Columbus Ohio to Lafayette IN and Munster IN, retiring in 1984. Martin is survived by his loving wife Bettie of 56 years. Also survived by his 5 sons; James of Plano TX; Philip and his wife Sherie and their son Matthew of Kennesaw GA; Thomas and his wife Suzy and their children Abby and Taylor of St. Charles IL; Michael and his daughters Rachel and Sophie of Decatur GA; Daniel and his wife Kathy of Suwannee GA. He is also survived by his only sibling, Helen DuBay of Farmington Hills MI. A funeral mass will be held at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church in Plano on Saturday January 8th at 10:30 am. Interment will follow at Ridgeview Memorial Park. Visitation will be at Turrentine-Jackson-Morrow Funeral Home on Friday January 7th from 7 pm to 9 pm. Contributions in honor of Mr. Britain may be made to the American Heart Association, 1615 Stemmons Freeway, Dallas, TX 75207.

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Dan, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time. Andrea Vitch, January 7, 2005 Dan, Kathy, and Family - Our hearts, thoughts, and prayers go out to you and your family at this most difficult time. Although we cannot physically be there, know that you are being supported by our spirits and prayers. Be well. Doug Haynie, January 7, 2005