Newport, NH – Martin “Marty” D. Sutton, age 65, passed away peacefully at his home on August 24, 2019, after a short battle with cancer. Marty was born, the youngest of 4 children, to Robert Francis Sutton and Helen Sue (Head) Sutton in Fort Sill, Oklahoma at the U. S. Army hospital. Early on in Marty's life his family evolved and he grew to embrace his loving stepmother, Dorothy “Dottie” (Wilkins) Sutton. Marty's childhood was exciting as his military family moved from place to place.
He graduated from Manchester High School in Manchester-By-The-Sea, Massachusetts, class of 1971. It was in high school that Marty became a skilled Euphonium player and often played with a local group. Marty was fortunate to have had two loves in his life, Ann (Pettine) Sutton (who gave him 3 wonderful children) and Cynthia “Cindy” S. (Harris) Sutton (who enlarged his family even more by adding 4 terrific step-children).
Marty and Ann were married 27 years and lived much of that time in Brentwood, NH. During that time Marty's love of big machinery sent his career down the path of truck driving. He worked for various companies and then settled in at New Penn Motor Freight for 24 years, retiring from there at the age of 57.
In 2004, Marty's life changed again when he married his second wife, Cindy, and their 16 years together were split between Cape Elizabeth, ME and Newport, NH. It was during that time that Marty made a career change to bus driving, and over the years worked for Northeast Charter, Custom Coach, Premier Coach, Mount Sunapee Ski Resort and Dartmouth Coach. His gift of gab made him a favorite with his passengers, and he loved the comraderie of his co-workers.
Over the years, Marty enjoyed many hobbies, including flying radio controlled airplanes with R. C. Aces of Hampton, NH, playing his Euphonium with the Kearsarge Community Band of New London, NH and the Surprise Pops Band of Surprise, AZ, and traveling and exploring the country with his various travel trailers. He was on the New London Bandstand Committee from 2013-2017.
Marty was a talker, and loved nothing more than spending time with friends and family, and solving all the world's problems! He will be truly missed.
Marty is survived by his two wives, Cindy of Newport, NH and Ann of Lady Lake, FL, his 3 children, Jessica (Josh DiJoseph) Sutton of Lee, NH, Ryan Sutton (Alex Stadid) of Westminster CO, and Daniel (Brittany) Sutton of LaGrange, GA, his 4 step-children Matthew King of Raymond, ME, Jeremy (Emily) King of Phoeniz, AZ, Kathryn (Malton) Prifti of Jacksonville, FL, and Lizzy (Jeff Ellsworth) King of Stoddard, NH, and two step-grandsons, Dexter King and Grant Prifti. He is also survived by his 3 siblings, Sue Ann Sutton of Newbury, NH, Kathleen (Larry Franks) Kondilas-Franks of Asheville, NC, and David (Maria Loukos) Sutton of Hillsborough, NJ, and many nephews and their extended families.
A memorial service is scheduled for Sunday, September 8, Visitation at 10:00 and Service at 11:00 at Newton-Bartlett Funeral Home, 42 Main St., Newport, NH with a reception to follow. All are welcome to come and celebrate Marty's life. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to The Kearsarge Community Band at PO Box 469, New London, NH 03257. To sign an online guestbook, please visit www.newtonbartlett.com.
The Kearsarge Community Band
PO Box 469, New London NH 03257