Farming Rural 18

William L. Martin

January 31, 1942 ~ March 15, 2021 (age 79)



Clinton – William L. Martin, 79, a lifetime resident of Clinton, passed away at Vassar Brother’s Medical in Poughkeepsie on March 15, 2021.

Born in the family farmhouse in Clinton, NY on January 31, 1942, he was the son of the late Ralph and Edith (Burton) Martin.

“Bill” was a graduate of Rhinebeck High School in 1959. He attended SUNY Cobleskill for a short time before being drafted into the Coast Guard in 1961. He remained in the Coast Guard until 1965.

After serving in the Coast Guard, he returned home and worked in several Post Office locations around Dutchess County until he became a Dock Supervisor for the US Postal Service in Newburgh.

An active member of the community, Bill was on the Town of Clinton CAC Board, a life member of the West Clinton Fire Company where he served as 1st Lieutenant and Vice President,  coached for Town of Clinton Little League, managed the Rhinebeck Farmer’s Market for many years, and worked with his son Tim at  Country Side Stoves.

Bill is survived by his wife, Ernestine (Taylor); his sons Timothy of Clinton, Todd and his wife Rebecca of Clinton, Brandon and his wife Michelle of Red Hook, and David and his wife Jennifer of Clinton; six grandchildren, Ashley (Corey Rathjen), Amanda, Nicholas (McKenzie), Joshua, Taylor, and Troy; a great grandchild Mason Scott Rathjen,  a daughter-in-law Christine Martin, and  many friends in the community.

Memorial Calling Hours will be held at the Dapson-Chestney Funeral Home, 51 W. Market St., Rhinebeck on Friday, March 19,  4:00 PM to 7:00 PM. Services will be private and at the convenience of the family.

Due to Covid-19/NYS Guidelines – masks, social distancing and capacity limitations will be followed during all services.  During visitation, please be respectful to those who may be waiting to visit by keeping your visit brief.  Your cooperation is appreciated.  

 Memorial Donations in honor of Bill can be made to the West Clinton Fire company, 219 Hollow Road, Staatsburg, NY 12580.



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Memorial Hours
March 19, 2021

4:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Dapson Chestney Funeral Home
51 West Market St PO Box 515
Rhinebeck, NY 12572

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