A Message from Martin Guitar
With great sadness, Martin Guitar have announced that Diane Martin, wife of Chris Martin and vice-chair of C.F. Martin & Co.’s board of directors, died on January 4, 2022. Diane bravely fought a battle with cancer for many years, but unfortunately, she lost that battle on Tuesday.
“This is truly a great loss to the Martin family, the local community, and anyone who was lucky enough to know Diane,” said Thomas Ripsam, president and CEO of Martin Guitar. “At this time, our thoughts and prayers are with Chris and their daughter Claire.”
A philanthropist, a business leader, a loving wife, and a mother, Diane Martin was loved and respected by many. She led by example through her hands-on commitment to bettering our local community. She was chair of the Northampton Community College Foundation’s Board and chair of the Martin Guitar Charitable Foundation. She was instrumental in Martin Guitar’s success over the last three decades, fighting for diversity and sustainability, representing the company with numerous organizations, and developing close relationships with many of our customers and partners.
Anyone who knew Diane liked her for her quick wit, sense of humor, and compassion. And, while Diane will be greatly missed, we will continue to honor and celebrate her life. In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that you consider donating to the Martin Guitar Charitable Foundation to help carry on Diane’s legacy.
Music Instrument News extends its deepest sympathy to the Martin family and friends of Diane Martin.
ABOUT MARTIN GUITAR
C. F. Martin & Co.® has been Inspiring Musicians Worldwide® for nearly two centuries with their superior guitar, ukulele, and string products. Martin remains the choice for musicians around the world for their unrivaled quality, craftsmanship, and tone. Throughout the company’s long history, Martin products can be seen and heard across all genres of music and in all segments of pop culture, from concert and theater stages to television and movies.
With an unwavering commitment to environmental sustainability and responsible manufacturing practices, Martin continually drives the acoustic guitar market forward, introducing innovative features that have become standards across the industry. These groundbreaking innovations include the introduction of X-bracing, the 14-fret guitar, and the “Dreadnought” size guitar.
Martin has also led innovations in strings, such as introducing the first high-tensile strength steel-string core wire; the first nickel acoustic strings (Martin Retro®); the proprietary Titanium Core strings; and now the groundbreaking, new Authentic Acoustic line, which offers unmatched stability, tone, comfort, and longevity.
Learn more here: www.martinguitar.com/aa.
-Music Instrument News