Don Orr Martin

Don Orr Martin 1972 and 2022

Don Orr Martin grew up on a small farm in Yakima and came to Olympia in 1971 as an original Greener. He had been assigned to write a story for the WSU student newspaper on the new college opening in Olympia, and decided that fall to transfer. Don is a lifelong activist, a founder of the Cooper Point Journal, the Gay Resource Center, Emma Goldman Collective, Theatre of the Unemployed, and Hard Rain Printing Collective. He was an early board member of Stonewall Youth and later, the regional board of the Pride Foundation. Don was an actor, dancer, set designer, or director for over 40 community theater productions with eight local theater companies. He was a graphic designer for 20 years and a public health educator for 25 years. He moved to Canada in 2014 when his husband got a job with the Tsleil-Waututh First Nation. They received Canadian citizenship in 2021. Don is currently on the coordinating committee for Quirk-e, a Vancouver writers collective for queer elders.