the key west citizenAugust 14, 2018


Jack Martin, 64, of Miami, Florida, and previously Key West, passed away after a brief illness on June 22, 2018. Born in Louisville, Kentucky in 1954, Jack, with his mother and sister, moved to Orlando in 1957, where he grew up, being active as an acolyte in the Episcopal Cathedral Church of St. Luke as a child and adolescent, and then in DeMolay, an international fraternal organization for young men ages 12-21, holding many leadership positions. Through DeMolay, his community and social consciousness personality traits thrived.

Jack worked many years at Disney World in Orlando, working from bag boy to manager at the Contemporary Hotel. Throughout the years, he and his friends enjoyed attending Nascar and Formula One races, as well as snow skiing and going to Jimmy Buffett concerts, wherever they may be. From Disney to FedEx and finally a dream FedEx position in Key West, living on a houseboat seemed like the perfect life. Jack served as general manager, Old Town Trolley Tours and vice president, operations for Historic Tours of America in Key West. “While brilliant, and always the voracious reader with a near photographic memory, he chose work over completing higher education, and excelled in his management and people skills,” said sister Julia V. Hergert, M.D.

While in Key West, Jack became very active in the Rotary Club of Key West, and continued as a member in the Key West Club from 1993 until his death. Jack served as president of the Rotary Club of Key West in 1998-1999. Jack also served as Rotary District 6990 Governor (South Florida and Grand Bahama Island). Active in the Key West community, Jack was a member of the Key West Chamber of Commerce, serving on the Board of Directors for several years, beginning in 1991, and then serving as president in 1995. In 1996, Jack received the chamber’s prestigious William “Billy” Appelrouth Memorial Award.

The Rotary Club of Key West will hold a Celebration of Life for Jack on Friday, Aug. 17, at 7:30 p.m. at the Edward B. Knight/White Street Pier, near the Rotary Compass Rose logo. All are invited to attend. For information, call Rotarian Linda Russin at 954-471-1804.