David Martin II

Visitation at Funeral Home

2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Wednesday, September 26, 2018
Hamilton Funeral Home Inc.
294 Mannix Road
Peru, New York, United States

Memorial Service

5:30 pm
Wednesday, September 26, 2018
Whiteface Mountain
Whiteface Veterans Memorial Highway
Wilmington, New York, United States

Obituary of David Martin II

David Kendall Martin II, renowned chef and owner of Turtle Island Cafe, Willsboro, passed away Friday, September 21, 2018, at his home.

David was born October 7, 1961, grew up in West Chazy and, as an Adirondack 46er, called the mountains home.

He was a high honors graduate of the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park with accolades including multiple invitations as guest chef of the James Beard House in Manhattan and working with Wolfgang Puck at California's Napa Valley Wine Auction. Looking to head back to the mountains, David opened the Turtle Island Cafe in Willsboro in 2004.

Second only to David's love of cooking was his love of skiing. He was a former US Ski Team member and called Whiteface Mountain home. David could be found most days skiing at the mountain prior to heading back to the restaurant. Most recently he focused on helping others and inspiring them to catch his love of that mountain as a member of Whiteface Host Patrol. The comradery of his fellow host patrol members and the joy of helping others were reigniting his love of skiing all over again in a new way.

Left to cherish the memory of David are his loving wife Mimi; beloved daughter Mackenzie; parents David and Pat Martin; sisters Annie Wallace and Liz Friedman; brother Peter Martin; and niece and nephews Noah, Emily, Simon, Sam, Casey, and Finn.

David was predeceased by his son, Christian.

Calling hours will be held Wednesday, September 26, 2018 from 2 to 4 pm at the Hamilton Funeral Home, 294 Mannix Road, Peru. A celebration of David's life will follow at 5:30 pm at the top of the Whiteface Veterans Memorial Highway.

Donations in his memory may be made to an education fund for his daughter, Mackenzie; payable to: Miriam Lane.

Arrangements are in the care of the Hamilton Funeral Home, 294 Mannix Road, Peru, 643-9055.

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