Walter Atlee Martz, 81, dairy farmer, GOP official

July 12, 2005

Walter Atlee Martz, a retired Frederick County dairy farmer, died of pneumonia Friday at Frederick Memorial Hospital. He was 81.

Mr. Martz was born and raised on Winpenny Farm - later Winpenny Tell - which his family had owned since 1783.

After graduating from Frederick High School in 1940, Mr. Martz spent the next half-century raising Holstein cattle and producing milk on several hundred acres.

Mr. Martz was a former president of the Atlantic Dairy Association and the Penmarva Dairymen's Federation. He also had been an active member of the Maryland-Virginia Milk Producers Cooperative and had served as its president from 1973 to 1989. He was a former assistant treasurer of the National Milk Producers Federation and had been president of the Dairy Council of Greater Metropolitan Washington.

As a member of the National Dairy Board, Mr. Martz worked with the Mid-Atlantic Milk Marketing Association in developing the "I Love Milk" campaign.

He was a longtime member and former president of the Frederick County Republican Club and was a member of the Republican State Central Committee from 1966 to 1974.

Mr. Martz was a longtime member of Evangelical Lutheran Church in Frederick, where services will be held at 10 a.m. today.

Survivors include his wife of 54 years, the former Barbara Jean Winebrener; three sons, Walter Clayton Martz II and Byron W. Martz, both of Frederick, and Stephen C. Martz of Baltimore; three daughters, Barbara Sommerfield Martz Van Allen of Washington, Elizabeth Steiner Martz Cole of Nashville, Tenn., and Julia Martz-Fisher of Baltimore; a sister, Elizabeth Young of Mount Airy; and nine grandchildren.

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