Martin Wayne Bartos

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Martin Wayne Bartos, age 80, passed away on Monday, November 14, 2022, at FirstHealth Moore Regional Hospital, with his wife at his side.

Martin was born to the late John Oscar Bartos and Mary Ellen (O’Connell) Bartos on January 3, 1942 in Pittsburgh, PA. He graduated from Chartiers Houston High School, along with his high school sweetheart, Mary Ann Unicek, who he would marry on July 15, 1961, in Washington, PA. 

Martin graduated with two Bachelor degrees from Michigan Tech University. He pursued his career as a geological engineer, which would take him across the world, living in a couple  countries, with his wife Mary Ann. They retired to Pinehurst, NC,  twenty-one years ago. 

Martin and Mary Ann spent 61 precious years together, a lifetime treasured with love, two children, three grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren. Years of traveling together, playing golf together, wintering at Hilton Head are dear memories held by his wife and family. Martin was a loving husband, father, grandfather and friend and was heard to say, “there is no room in my heart for anger and hate.” 


Martin is predeceased by his parents and his brother Tom Bartos.

He is survived by his loving wife, Mary Ann; his son Brent Bartos (Angela) of Southern Pines, NC, and his daughter, Laurie Conrad (Dave) of Coatesville, PA. He is also missed by his granddaughters Bethany Conrad, Sarah (Chase) Crompton and Ashley Bartos Beatrice, and by four great grandchildren. He is survived by his brother-in-law, Rudy Unicek and family of Brooksville, FL.. 


There are no services planned at this time.


Fry and Prickett Funeral Home is honored to serve the Bartos family.


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  1. My grandfather was unlike anyone I’ve ever met. He loved so fiercely and the impact he had on my life was immeasurable. He put others before himself and taught me selflessness, to take care of one another, and most importantly, how to forgive. He left us too soon, but I am forever grateful for the 32 wonderful years that I had with my Deet and for the unconditional love he gave me. He was a gift to all of us and he will live on through our family forever. I love you Deet, with every part of my being.

  2. We have known Marty and Mary Ann for many years and don’t know of any couple that loved each other as they did. We shared so many special moments overseas with them and here in the States. I will miss his laughter and his smile but take comfort in knowing that he’s in a better place. He will be there waiting for Mary Ann to join him one day. He was one of the kindest people that I’ve ever known and would do anything for you. He was loved and he will be missed. Love you Marty.

  3. Marty was the kindest and most loving man. He always greeted me with a warm tight hug which you felt the true love he had for you. I will miss his funny and charming ways. I send out all the love and prayers to the family. He will be greatly missed by all.

  4. What can I say about my dad? That he was the best father in the world? Some lucky people get to say that, but I have always said about my father that when God made him, he broke the mold. My dad was the epitome of selflessness, hard work, kindness, and unconditional love. I don’t think I was an easy child, and I know I was a difficult teenager, but I always knew that I was loved unconditionally regardless of how far I strayed. He and my mom are the reason I am who I am and why I strive to be a better person today. Much of what I know about relationships, I learned from my parents who were very much in love for as far back as I can remember. They have always provided my brother and I with the best example of how to love for a lifetime. They taught me how to do everything from cooking to lessons about astrophysics. Daddy, you are among the stars now and I will look up every night and pray that you are proud of me. I couldn’t be more proud to be your daughter. What I wouldn’t give to have a discussion about black holes right about now, because the hole in my heart feels so deep that I don’t know if I will ever fill it. I’m not sure how to navigate my way forward, but I know that my family will do it together because that’s the way my dad wanted it. I will be 60 years old in April and feel so fortunate to have had my dad in my life for as long as I have. The pain for me is palpable. As pain recedes, because it always does, I will never miss you less than I do today. Of that I am certain. I don’t know how to wrap up a meandering parade of thoughts but to say that I will love you always and forever Daddy. I believe that love will transcend life and that I will see you again on the other side.

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