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Donald Walter Martin

Donald Walter Martin, American editor, writer, publisher. Recipient Diane Seely awards Ventura County Theatre Council, 1968, Lowell Thomas Travel Writing competition Gold medal, 2000. Member Society of America Travel Writers, North America Travel Journalists Association.


  • Martin, Donald Walter was born on April 22, 1934 in Grants Pass, Oregon, United States. Son of George E. and Irma Ann (Dallas) Martin.

  • Career

    • Enlisted United States Marine Corps, 1952, advanced through grades to staff sergeant Japan, Republic of Korea, Republic of China, 1956-1961. Reporter Blade-Tribune, Oceanside, California, 1961-1965. Entertainment editor Press-Courier, Oxnard, 1965-1969.

      Managing editor Argus-Courier, Petaluma, 1969-1970. Associate editor Motorland magazine, San Francisco, 1970-1988. Founder, principal, Chief Executive Officer DiscoverGuides, Henderson, Nevada, since 1988.


    • Oregon Discovery Guide 2 Ed
    • The only guide to focus specifically on driving tours of Oregon This unique, totally revised driving guide to the splendors of Oregon rambles from the Columbia River Gorge, the Cascades, and Crater Lake to Salem, Eugene, and Portland, highlighting the best routes, scenic detours, hikes, and city walks.


    Party affiliation: Democrat


    Member Society of America Travel Writers, North America Travel Journalists Association.



    Travel, hiking, white water rafting, biking.


    • Married Kathleen Elizabeth Murphy, July, 1970 (divorced May 1979). Children: Daniel Clayton, Kimberly Ann, Tory Lynn. Married Betty Woo, March 18, 1985.
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    • 1956 - 1961
      Enlisted United States Marine Corps
    • 1961 - 1965
      reporter Blade-Tribune
      Oceanside, California, United States
    • 1965 - 1969
      entertainment editor Press-Courier
      Oxnard, California, United States
    • 1969 - 1970
      managing editor Argus-Courier
      Petaluma, California, United States
    • 1970 - 1988
      associate, editor Motorland magazine
      San Francisco, California, United States
    • 1988
      Henderson, Nevada, United States