Lawrence S. Martin, 83, a retired executive director of the old National Association of Frozen Food Packers, a trade association here, died April 11 in a hospital in Naples, Fla. He had a heart ailment and septicemia.

Mr. Martin came to Washington in 1941 as an executive with the old Office of Price Administration. A year later, he became secretary and general manager of the National Association of Frozen Food Packers, now the American Frozen Food Institute with offices in McLean.

He retired from the association in 1965 and moved to Florida that year.

He was a past president of both the Washington Trade Association and the American Society of Association Executives. He also was a member of the Zerocrats, a frozen-food industry organization.

Mr. Martin was a native of Melrose, Mass., and lived in Olney before moving to Florida. He served as a Navy chief petty officer during World War I. During the 1920s, he was first mate of a merchant ship, and later a partner in a Boston produce auctioneering company.

Survivors include his wife, the former Marjorie Ordway, of Naples; four sons, James, of Wilmington, N.C., Richard, of Belmont, Mass., William, of Hingham, Mass., and Donald, of Lake Bluff, Ill.; a brother, Donald, of Punta Gorda, Fla.; a sister, Ruth M. Graves of Pompano Beach, Fla.; 13 grandchildren, and one great-grandchild.

The family suggests that expressions of sympathy be in the form of contributions to the Naples Community Hospital, Naples, Fla., 33941.