Dearest Family and Friends,
This memorial page was created in memory of Martin D. "Art" Walsh, who passed away on June 6, 2022. JDRF was an organization near and dear to Art’s heart. All contributions pay tribute to his brother John, who was diagnosed with T1D at age 11 and passed away in 2000 due to complications from the disease. For the past 23 years, Art hosted an annual golf outing that raised more than $1.5 million for JDRF.
Art is survived by his loving wife Nan Walsh; children Ada-Marie Walsh Aman (Matt) and Sarah-Nell Walsh (Albert Guthrie), Lucia and Jamie Terpak; siblings Patrick J. Walsh (Margaret), Janet Walsh, Kathleen Walsh Posey (David), Christine Walsh Donohue (Joseph), and predeceased by John B. Walsh; grandchildren Clare, William, Julia, and Elizabeth.
Of his many accomplishments, Art was most proud of the success of his firm, Walsh Colucci Lubeley & Walsh, which he began with four friends. While many thought it was too risky at the time, Art relied on a combination of hard work, good fortune, and wonderful clients to ensure the firm’s success. Art was viewed as the go-to zoning attorney in Arlington and Fairfax Counties. He helped build the firm into a regional land use law powerhouse and his work reshaped much of Northern Virginia’s skyline.
Outside of his law practice, Art contributed to numerous philanthropic causes and was a devoted alumni of the College of William & Mary. He was committed to giving back to his beloved alma mater and was awarded the honorary Order of Coif Faculty Award by the law school. Then in 2015, Art was awarded the coveted Alumni Medallion Award, the highest and most prestigious award given by the William & Mary Alumni Association. During the Alumni Medallion Award ceremony, Art noted, “My parents inspired me and my brothers and sisters to have faith, work hard and be humble. It is that legacy that we all try to honor on a daily basis.”
He loved reading the newspaper, the Redskins, golf cart rides, making people laugh, spoiling his grandchildren, and Thanksgiving. Famous for his warm smile, quick wit and fierce loyalty, Art was larger than life. He will be remembered for his tremendous sense of humor and congenial personality, for his generous nature, and for caring deeply for his family, friends and colleagues.
Art will be deeply missed as a husband, dad, grandad, brother, uncle, friend, leader, mentor, and colleague. His passing is an immense loss to all who knew him. Please keep your thoughts and prayers with Art’s family during this difficult time.
While the funeral and burial are private, friends are welcome to join the Celebration of Life on June 30 from 12 to 3 PM at Westwood Country Club Ballroom in Vienna, VA. You can find additional information here: https:www.dignitymemorial.com/obituaries/10782535.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, 1400 K Street, Ste. 1200, Washington, DC 20005. Cards and notes of condolence may be sent to The Walsh Family, c/o Walsh Colucci Lubeley & Walsh, 2200 Clarendon Blvd., Suite 1300, Arlington, VA 22201.
The Walsh Family