The Kaufman Family Memorial Scholarship Fund was created in 2019 to honor the adventurous spirit of Martin T. Kaufman II. A world traveler, car enthusiast, and World Series of Poker competitor, he was a private pilot and flew his own plane and enjoyed flying with his friends. Marty was a true competitor, an avid crossword puzzler and euchre player, and a hustler in the pool hall and on the tennis court. Full of charisma and character, Marty always went big. He truly lived life to the fullest and enjoyed the many friends and family members that shared in his pursuits.
Marty’s journey began in 1945 in Cleveland, the third of four children. As a family, they moved to Marion when Marty was 6 years old. He graduated from Marion Harding High School in 1963 and furthered his education at Case Western Reserve University, where he earned his Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering.
Ever the entrepreneur, Marty has had several business ventures — raising earth worms, a diaper service, Amway & Rainbow distributorships, to name a few. In 1984, he bought the business his father founded in 1956, Roy I Kaufman Inc. He has proudly carried on the family’s legacy of making mechanical cable assemblies.
He married Beth Lanz in 1994. They were by each other’s side every step of the way, sharing escapades and treasuring their time together. They founded the Kaufman Dog and Skate Parks on SR 309 in Marion.