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Date of Passing: Oct 04, 2019

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After a short illness on October 4, 2019, David Martin passed away.
A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, November 9, at 2:00 p.m. at The Gates on Roblin.
Please visit David's memorial page at to share stories and condolences.

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Publish Date: Nov 2, 2019


After a sudden and short illness, on Friday, October 4, 2019, David Grant Martin, 80 years young, cherished husband of Patti, beloved brother of Peter (Monica), beloved father of Joel (Nancy), Laura (Troy), Kathy (Charles), Mark (Bhuvan), Kristen (Andre), Melissa (Greg), and Michael, loving grandfather to Hayley (John), Ian, Courtney, Abby, Chelsea, Susan, Ryan, Sona and Esa.

David was a gifted teacher, therapist and writer, a much loved professor of clinical psychology for over 40 years, and a true blessing to his many friends. Perhaps more than anything, David listened to others acutely, with his whole being.

A private burial has taken place. A Celebration of Life will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, November 9 at The Gates, 6945 Roblin Blvd.

Friends and relatives are encouraged to share in a photo-tribute, eulogy, stories and condolences for the family by visiting David's memorial page at

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Publish Date: Oct 12, 2019

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Oct 12, 2019, Nov 02, 2019

Condolences & Memories (10 entries)

  • I just learned of David’s passing this morning and was deeply affected. I actually was going to reach out to him. I was a clinical psychology grad student in the early 90’s at UofM. I have many stories I could share but my favourite memory of David was the advanced verbal psychotherapy field trip we and my fellow grad students made down to Southern California. We got to meet various people who had worked with or studied under Carl Rogers. David made the trip both incredibly interesting and educational but also so much fun. As has already been noted, David was a remarkable therapist, gifted teacher and good man. My condolences to his family and friends. He is missed. - Posted by: Brad Isaak (Former graduate student) on: Jun 08, 2021

  • Dr. Martin was a phenomenal professor. I am a fortunate student to have stumbled into his intro to psychology class in 2010. He really cared about all his students. I remember one class in particular when he talked about how different types of breathing can induce anxiety (breathing through your shoulders and chest), or relaxation (breathing through your belly). During exam season, he handed me my exam, made eye contact and said (with a slight nod and wink) "belly breathe". Thank you Dr. Martin for sharing your lessons and care. Sincere condolences to the family. - Posted by: Johanna Ferguson (Student) on: Nov 07, 2019

  • David was a magnificent mentor and friend. It was an utter delight to know him in the psychotherapeutic and Spiritual realms. I loved him and I will always miss him. Douglas Donegani - Posted by: Douglas Donegani (David had been my psychotherapy mentor. I have been his Spiritual Mentor.) on: Nov 03, 2019

  • I am sorry to hear of Dr. Martin’s passing. Although I never had the pleasure of taking a course with him, I did serve on department committees with him. He was such a nice person, always with genuine decency and sense of humour. He also gave great mentoring advice, and was well-respected. Condolences to the family. - Posted by: Darlene Crone-Todd (Former student in department ) on: Nov 01, 2019

  • I was deeply saddened to hear of Dr. Martin's passing. Dr. Martin played a very special role in my life. Many 20 plus years ago, he saw me as a teenager when I was a day patient at the Manitoba Adolescent Treatment Center. He saw me regularly. Even after I was discharged, Dr Martin continued to see me every couple of weeks on his own time. We would go for lunch together, to his office at the U of M, or just for a car ride. The fact that he continued to act as a supporter and listening ear to me on his own time is a testament to his character. He had a profound effect on me. He was a pillar of support in my life at a time when I didn't have any others. He encouraged me immensely. I now own a successful company, have two wonderful children, and a supportive wife. I have ALOT to thank him for. Truly- an amazing man. - Posted by: Cory Kloos (Patient ) on: Oct 22, 2019

  • A fine man who was a mentor to more people than he realized. That inspiration is one of his many contributions that will continue past his physical time here. Sincere condolences from Mike & Linda. - Posted by: Linda Parnell-Bonnie (friend) on: Oct 21, 2019

  • If there was anybody in my life that exemplified the qualities of a good and beautiful human being, it was Dr. David G. Martin. I met him forty years ago when he was my professor for some of my psychology courses. Every student was treated as a unique person and he was always open to speaking with any of his students. Truly the embodiment of a superb professional and a fine human being. Rest in peace, Dr. Martin, you will be missed. - Posted by: Michelle Bay (student) on: Oct 20, 2019

  • Dear Family, I am so very sorry for your loss. David made the world a better place. I had the privilege of having him as a professor; he was so effective in connecting with his students...the consummate listener. And he was one of the professors who contributed to my becoming a psychologist, too. I babysat for you as children a few times, likely in the late 60's. I will always have special memories of David & your family. - Posted by: Lynn Bloomfield Stoffman (Student, Babysitter) on: Oct 16, 2019

  • Dear Melissa, I am so sorry to hear of your Dad’s sudden passing. I never met him, but remember your article in the Free Press a few years ago. It was very strong and emotional, and you made it clear what a good father and mentor he was and how much you loved him. I hope your good memories help you through this emotional time. My condolences to you and your family. - Posted by: Raymonde Marchand (Josh's Mom) (Friend) on: Oct 15, 2019

  • I took a course from Dr. Martin and I found him to be a decent and fair person, and an excellent instructor. He and a few others made the Psychology Department tolerable. His life was too short! RIP - Posted by: Bill Stevens (Student) on: Oct 13, 2019

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