John M. Martini, a retired industrial arts teacher and an electrician who operated his own contracting business, died Friday of cancer at Stella Maris Hospice. He was 88.
A Mass of Christian burial for Mr. Martini was being offered today in the chapel of Stella Maris, 2300 Dulaney Valley Road.
He lived on Bagley Avenue in Parkville and was active in that community's affairs.
He retired in 1969 after 27 years as an industrial arts teacher at Gwynns Falls Junior High School.
The native of Sauk Rapids, Minn., was a graduate of Minnesota State College. He did graduate work at Pennsylvania State University, the University of Maryland and Johns Hopkins University.
In Minnesota, as a member of his high school track team, he set a state record for the mile that lasted for many years.
A master electrician, he operated his own contracting business for many years, specializing in rewiring older houses, and also worked at the Maryland Shipbuilding and Drydock Co. and the Key Highway shipyard of the Bethlehem Steel Corp.
In Parkville, he was a Boy Scout leader and an organizer and president of the Parkville Library Association, which helped to obtain a branch library for the community.
He had been president, treasurer and -- for 25 years -- secretary of the Parkville Lions Club, and he was a zone chairman and deputy governor in District 22A for the Lions.
His first wife, the former Florence K. Dunn, died in 1962. His second wife, the former Mary R. O'Heir, died in 1972.
He is survived by a son, M. Robert Martini of Catonsville; a sister, Regina Martini of St. Cloud, Minn.; and two grandchildren.