State Trooper Zach Martin: A legacy of love, laughter and bravery

Published 2:09 pm Thursday, February 15, 2024

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By Ellen Brabo , For the Washington Daily News

North Carolina State Highway Patrolman Zachary “Zach” Martin, remembered as a hero with a heart of gold, passed away on Saturday, Feb. 10, after a valiant battle with cancer. His passing leaves a void in the hearts of those who knew him, a testament to the profound impact he had on his community and family.

Martin was not just a trooper; he was a beacon of kindness and laughter. Known for his infectious humor and the ability to light up any room, he was the life of the party, ensuring everyone around him was having a good time.

“Zach never met a stranger, and if you were friends with him, you had a friend for life,” recalled his wife, Ginny Martin.

His diagnosis in 2022 was met with an incredible outpouring of support from the community, a reflection of the love he had given so freely. Despite the challenges, Zach remained dedicated to his duty, a testament to his character and dedication to service. Throughout his fight, Zach displayed remarkable dignity and strength, inspiring those around him to live life fully and love with all their heart.

“The support was amazing, humbling and beautiful,” shared Ginny. “It was our army on earth, rising up to battle alongside us.”

Even in his toughest moments, Zach’s spirit of resilience shone brightly. His attitude towards life, to fight with everything he had, left an indelible mark on everyone he encountered. Zach’s legacy is not only in his service as a trooper but also in the joy and laughter he brought into the lives of others. His role as a husband and father was paramount, and it was in these roles that his warmth and love were most vividly expressed.

“He was the most caring, loving man, with a heart of gold,” said Ginny.

As the community mourns the loss of a beloved figure, the Martin family holds onto the belief that something good will emerge from their loss to glorify God’s name.

“We know we forever have the best guardian angel watching over us,” expressed Ginny. “Everyone will always know the man he was, how fun he was and how he was the biggest jokester there was. He always wanted to have a good time and that’s how we will always remember him.”

Zach, Master Trooper A446, will be remembered not just for his service, but for the life, laughter and love he shared with all.

Funeral arrangements are as follows:

Visitation will be held from 3:00 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 15, at First Church of Christ, located at 520 East 10th Street, Washington, NC. A Celebration of Life Service is scheduled for 1:00 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 16, at the same location. Burial will follow at Oakdale Cemetery, where he will be laid to rest with full honors.