Deborah Joy Martin

Deborah Lucy Joy was born on Dec. 8, 1932 in Glendale, California, and passed from this life on Dec. 6, 2021, in Coronado, just two days shy of her 89th birthday.

Her parents were Hollis Lyons Joy and Deborah Wilkes Joy. She moved to Coronado with her family in 1940 and graduated from Coronado High School in 1950. She attended Occidental College for one year. On Easter Sunday in 1951 she met a young Naval officer at church, Ensign William Kinne Martin; Debby and Bill were married 6 months later.

She was a true and faithful Navy wife for over 30 years moving from Coronado to Alameda, Bremerton, Coronado, Monterey, Hawaii, Maryland, the Philippines, Maryland, Hawaii, Scotland, Maryland, and Hawaii, finally returning to Coronado in 2003. She treated each and every move as an educational adventure. In addition to all 50 states, she traveled to over 100 countries and all seven continents.

She was always interested in all her grandchildren and their activities and attended each and every graduation. She worked hard to stay connected with them and learned to use FaceTime so she could. She especially enjoyed her weekly FaceTime visit with great granddaughter, Ellie.

She started doing taxes in 1975 and was proud of her enrolled agent status. Her tax business paid for several family vacations including a 50th anniversary Alaskan cruise.

She began running marathons at the age of 49 and completed 23, mostly in Hawaii. She won several age group awards (sometimes with her daughters) and even established two age group records in Kona.

In September she and Bill celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary with a family reunion in Coronado.

Debby is survived by her devoted husband Bill Martin; her three daughters: Betsy (Jon) Geibel, Holly Lewis, Alison (Tim) Knack; her grandchildren Andrew Geibel, Eric (Kelsey) Geibel, Patrick (Paige) Lewis, Melanie (Erik) Taylor, Kevin (Kari) Lewis, Emily Lewis, Connor Knack, Haley Knack; and her great granddaughter Ellie Taylor. She is also survived by her older brother and sister, Hollis Wilkes Joy and Susan Joy (Bob) Quaney; one niece and four nephews. She was preceded in death by her grandson, Gregory Lyons Geibel and her sister-in-law, Ann Joy.

No services are planned.

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