As herald for the Shire of Falcon's Quarry, Martin Hasemann helped fellow members of the Society for Creative Anachronism come up with pseudonyms, coats of arms and personas that identify them as people from the Middle Ages.
SCA is an international organization dedicated to researching and re-creating the arts and skills of pre-17th-century Europe, according to the group's website: www.sca.org. The Shire of Falcon's Quarry is its Lorain County chapter.
Martin, a senior network engineer who used his considerable computer skills for inventing appropriate names, dubbed himself Lazarus Jacob Von Hase.
"Martin's dad was German," said his wife, Sylvie Michaud, aka Angelique Delarochelle. "He did some research in the Tudor era, finding (German) names that existed back then."
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Today, Alana Baranick examines the Dash Between Dec. 20, 1961, when Martin Hasemann was born in Erath, La., and July 22, 2011, when the online networking specialist died at age 49.
He came up with his medieval moniker by combining his research with his interest in a book about a 3,000-year-old man named Lazarus, who never died.
His wife believes Martin may have been attracted to the immortal character because he had been diagnosed with cancer.
"He didn't want to die," Sylvie said.
The Wellington resident, who succumbed to the disease July 22, 2011, at age 49, liked to dig deep into history, but didn't talk much about his personal history.
"He was not somebody who looked back," his friend Shane Brandes, aka Piotr Zavilov, said. "I think there were things in his past life that didn't lived up to his expectations."
Martin Scott Hasemann was born Dec. 20, 1961, in Erath, La., to Gordon and Connie Hasemann.
He lived in Portage, Ind., before attending college. It's unclear whether he went to college in Indiana, in Texas or both.
"He was going to school for music," Brandes said. "He learned how to play (many) instruments. Maybe he was going to be a band director. I don't know."
At some point, Martin changed his mind about college and apparently about studying music. He left school to join the Army in 1981.
"He was reticent about talking about the military," Brandes said. "He'd start to talk. Then he'd trail off. He didn't want to talk about it."
His wife and friends didn't learn the details of his 12 years of military service until after his death.
Martin developed skills with M-16 rifles and grenades, earning the distinction of sharpshooter. He served in the liberation of Kuwait during Operation Desert Storm and received numerous decorations.
"He didn't talk about (his military career) very much," said his close friend and former KeyBank colleague, Corey Gallatin. "He wasn't boastful."
Martin, who was a radio repairman in the military, took classes to develop his computer skills after leaving the Army in 1993.
He was contracting in Columbus for a nationwide network when he met his wife, who worked on the same network but in Canada. They became long-distance friends.
"We were talking every day," Sylvie said. "One day, he decided to meet me in person. In Quebec. It was one of those things that happened. It clicked. I decided to move here. That was in '98. Then he got another contract in Cleveland for Nationwide, so we moved here."
Martin ended up handling network and data security systems for KeyBank. After he was laid off three years ago, he found a position as a senior network engineer with Rosetta Marketing.
Around the same time, he contacted James Nunamaker, a.k.a. Seamus Fraseyr, president of the local SCA chapter.
"He became very active and enthused about what we were doing," Nunamaker said. "Martin was definitely dedicated to history. He was dedicated to researching."
He had an insatiable curiosity.
"He was a wonderful guy, someone who was helping everybody," his wife said. "He could explain things. If I see a bug, what is that bug? He would do research to tell me everything he could about the bug. When he was doing something, it was with a lot of passion."
Martin learned the ancient craft of woodturning and art of sword play with a rapier.
He and his wife, who does pottery, painting and sewing, exhibited their artwork at art shows and the Lorain County Fair.
"He was a mentor to most of the fencers in our group, teaching not only how to use a metal sword, but how to do it correctly," Nunamaker said.
For the last two years, Martin worked on translating a German-language book on rapier fighting into English.
"It's not completed, but we're going to finish that," his wife said. "I don't want to let that go. He couldn't let it go until he saw the end of it."
Martin and other SCA members, who died this past year, were memorialized during the recent Pennsic Wars, the annual SCA recreation of the Middle Ages at Slippery Rock, Pa.
"Every year, someone builds a model of a Viking longboat," Nunamaker said. "It's kind of like a Viking funeral. They light the boat on fire with their names and devices on a lake - a big pond on the campground - Coopers Lake.
"It was a very sad. They played bagpipes. It was a very emotional service."