Martin G. Imbach III, 53, church deacon, veteran

April 26, 2003

Martin G. Imbach III, a deacon for Sapphire Family Church in Catonsville, died of cancer Wednesday at North Arundel Hospital. The Pasadena resident was 53.

Mr. Imbach was born in New Mexico, raised in Arnold and graduated from Severna Park High School.

He served in the Army during the Vietnam War from 1968 to 1971. After the war, he continued his education for two years at Anne Arundel Community College.

In 1974, he married Patricia Anne Lippman. During their marriage, Mr. Imbach co-owned and operated a jewelry business in Severna Park with his father-in-law. The couple divorced in 1984.

Mr. Imbach's leg was badly injured when he was hit by a car in 1976. After extensive surgery, he was relieved of his crutches 12 years after the accident.

From 1988 to 2000, Mr. Imbach was a part-time lottery sales clerk and also worked as a stock clerk at Macy's in Marley Station. He also worked for two years as a computer salesman for Circuit City.

His religious beliefs were important to Mr. Imbach, and in 1991, he became a deacon for Sapphire Family Church. Mr. Imbach was a friendly but private person, said his longtime friend Rita Smith of Pasadena. "He knew a lot of people but didn't develop a lot of close relationships," she said.

In is spare time, Mr. Imbach enjoyed tinkering with computers and learning about trains.

A service will be held at 11 a.m. today at Barranco & Sons Funeral Home, 495 Ritchie Highway, in Severna Park.

Mr. Imbach is survived by a daughter Michelle Imbach of Pasadena; a brother, Michael D. Imbach of Severna Park; and three sisters, Susan E. Miller and Victoria A. Imbach, both of St. Petersburg, Fla., and JoAnn F. Imbach-Zinkand of Gulfport, Fla.

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