Cynthia Diann (Dyson) Martin

Cynthia Diann “Cindy” Martin died peacefully in her sleep in Coronado Sharp Hospital with her family at her side, just a day past her 76th birthday.

She was born and raised in San Diego and lived in Coronado for 47 years. Her passing was an unexpected and complete shock to all who knew her.

Cindy was the beloved wife of Philip L. “Moki” Martin (LT/ SEAL, USN/ RET), the mother of son Joel Benjamin (Suzanne Clemmer) and daughter Callie Kalani (Teddy Reece). She is survived by her brother Ronald Dyson of Florida, niece Kim (Michael Rose), and grandnieces Hayley, Sydney, and Kinsley. She was preceded in passing by her father William Hubert Dyson (DCC, USN) and her mother Mildred Louise (Johnson) Dyson, both of San Diego.

Cindy was born in San Diego and attended both Lincoln High School and Mesa Junior College. She was also in Girl Scouts as well as a member of the San Diego Pythias.

In 1966, she met her husband Moki at a rugby game on the Naval Amphibious Base, soon beginning 54 years of marriage. Cindy gave birth to son Joel in 1970, while Moki was deployed to Vietnam.

She loved to work. Cindy planned and saved for a house on her own. Then in 1974, she moved to Coronado—worked at both Zazen and La Mer, the two stores that kept her interest in jewelry design and fashion. She also joined the Coronado Junior Women’s Club, as well as enjoying many local events.

Cindy loved Coronado. She especially loved the Coronado Flower Show and the 4th of July Parade. She volunteered at Sacred Heart School while son Joel attended. She participated in school sports, serving as team mother for both Youth Soccer and Boy Scouts. Joel graduated from Coronado High School in 1988, moved to San Francisco in 1990, eventually Los Angeles to pursue a career in photography. She even encouraged Joel’s continuing education at UC Berkeley, when he was pursing a PhD in rhetoric.

Cindy was instrumental in the health and care of her husband Moki after he became disabled in 1982 by way of an unfortunate cycling accident on the Silver Strand. She was his primary caregiver afterward, until he was comfortable and independent in their home, his wheelchair and van—a tremendous lifestyle transition for her family.

Cindy supported Moki while going back for his art degree at SDSU in 1991, as well as all of his art shows following. She assisted Moki with starting the Superfrog Triathlon, an event that flourishes today in Coronado.

In 1988, Cindy discovered she was pregnant with a daughter. At 43 years old, she became a new mom again with Callie Kalani. She wanted the best for her daughter, encouraging her to swim, play piano, and engage in water polo. She taught her the importance of being an independent, responsible, caring woman.

Cindy put an importance on higher education, encouraging Callie to attend college at Dominican University, where she pursued psychology. This led to Callie becoming a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist here in San Diego.

Cindy was a joy to talk to, live with, and know. She was kind, thoughtful, generous and always sensible. Cindy was a good friend to all those who knew her. She enjoyed going for walks around town and along the beach—she loved Coronado and especially her home.

We will miss her terribly, her quiet approach, her somewhat shy ways, and especially her alluring smile.

Safe journey, Mom—and Sweetheart. We will always love you.

A memorial service will be held at The Little Chapel of the Roses at Glen Abbey in Bonita. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to your favorite Nonprofit. Internment will take place at a later date.

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