Remembering Jim Martz

Written by Richard Spurling


I am extremely saddened to learn of Jim’s passing. I met Jim in 2014 as he had a keen interest in ACEing Autism’s mission, as his grand nephew was on the spectrum and this sparked his interest in autism awareness.


Jim was extremely passionate about our work and was also delighted to write articles about our activities. Without fail, every year during the Delray Beach Open, Jim would be there to support our clinic and do a story. Over the years, Jim would send me the occasional update sharing how proud he was of his grand nephew’s accomplishments. From being a train savant; to being in charge of the schools sound system; to a self-taught guitar player who builds his own electric guitar from wood, he went on to win his high school talent show!


It was so nice to bump into Jim at last month’s Orange Bowl tournament where he joined me in watching my son’s first round match. He will be dearly missed. 

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