January 13, 1940 – November 12, 2014
Douglas Claude Martinson passed away on November 12, 2014. He was a shareholder at the law firm of Martinson & Beason, PC. His family, friends, and colleagues greatly miss him.
Doug was born and raised in Huntsville and at an early age developed an appreciation for the practice of law by helping in his father’s law practice. He graduated from Huntsville High School in 1958, where he was Student Council President. He graduated with a degree in Business Administration from the University of Alabama in 1963. He was the President of the Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity and also attended law school at the University of Alabama, where he received his J.D. in 1964.
In 1962, Doug married Kathryn Abbott McWhorter and following law school, they settled in Huntsville where he joined his father’s law practice. Doug maintained an active legal practice at Martinson & Beason, P.C. over the course of the next 50 years. During that time, he and George Beason, helped grow his father’s small firm of two attorneys into a law firm of eight attorneys and numerous support staff. Doug took great pride in his work and was especially proud to practice law with his two sons Doug, II and Mac. He maintained a very diverse law practice handling matters in the areas of corporate law, probate and estate, real estate, municipal law and civil litigation. He also served as the attorney for the New Hope Telephone Cooperative and the City of New Hope.
Doug was an active member of the legal and local community throughout his life, serving as the President of the Huntsville-Madison County Bar Association from 1987-1988. He was a founder of the Huntsville-Madison County Law Foundation, a not-for-profit corporation. He was also a charter member and founder of the Madison County Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) Chapter, and served on the Board of Directors of such organizations as Land Trust of North Alabama. He was admitted to practice in the state of Alabama, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Alabama, U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit, and the U.S. Supreme Court.
The firm will continue to honor Doug through its enduring commitment to its clients.