Martha Dimmick Weidner
Marty was born January 12, 1952 in Chardon, Ohio to Ethel and Alger Dimmick. She is survived by her husband, Marv Weidner, her two children, Christopher and Emily Foster, and her stepson Seth Weidner. Marty and Marv share three wonderful grandchildren Malcolm, Sophia and Ava Grace. Marty is also survived by sisters, Susan Evans, Kathleen Downing, Constance Taylor, brother Merrill Wells and by her much beloved nieces and nephews Lisa, Allan, Steve, Jon, Pam and their families. Marty was a practicing Zen Buddhist and made the ultimate Zen move by letting go of this life for the next on July 4, 2017. She gained her independence from cancer on Independence Day. Marty was not afraid of life or death and lived by the saying — face death at any moment, but live life fully at all times. Consistent with her wishes Marty passed away at home and in the arms of her husband. Marty and Marv enjoyed a 19-year romance. They moved to the Gunnison Valley in 2012, having lived in Austin, Texas previously for nearly 15 years. Every day over the past nine months, she fought for life following a devastating stagefour lung cancer diagnosis last September. She never blinked, never gave up on life and never complained one time in the face of impossible odds and withering physical pain. Marty gave all those who knew her the gift of courage. Her spirit and smile were irrepressible. Everyone who knew her felt her gentle loving spirit. Marty loved playing the piano, was a voracious reader and an excellent writer. She and Marv loved to travel and made several trips in recent months to see family and parts of the country she wished most to see. Professionally, she was a nationally known designer and leader of Managing for Results methodologies for government services. Her relentless intelligence and remarkable ability to solve complex organizational and social problems are well known among those who worked with her. In her earlier years she worked for the State of Texas and the City of Austin. She and Marv have led their company Managing Results, LLC for nearly 20 years, serving governments at all levels across the nation, including Gunnison County and other local jurisdictions. Marty’s maiden name, Dimmick, goes back to William the Conqueror and is of some historical significance. The Dymoke family, as it was originally spelled, was the Keeper of the Crown for England. The head of the Dymoke family declared who the King or Queen of England is at the point of a transition. The official family title was the Dymoke’s of Scrivelsby, King's Champions of England, and of the King's of England through Edward III. Marty’s forefather, Edward, understandably hesitated during the War of the Roses and was promptly beheaded by the King. The King, feeling guilty, gave Eduard’s son, Thomas, a large tract of land. Thomas (Dimmock), sold the land and used the proceeds to come to America as one of the first six thousand Europeans in the New World. He sat on the War Council for Barnstable, Mass., the first town council in America. Marty came to her public service by way of several centuries of her family’s service in England and early America. Marv and the family would like to personally thank Bre Norris, Teree Lange, Aline Jatulis-Wight and Denise Brynda, who locally all gave their hearts, their care and expertise to make it possible for Marty to stay in her home with dignity. Dr. Scott Ross of Pain Management of the Rockies and Dr. Jesal Patel of the Rocky Mountain Cancer Center, both in Colorado Springs, gave Marty wonderful care and the opportunity to live these past 9 months. She was one of the 15 percent of lung cancer patients who never smoked. A memorial is set up for contributions ‘In Memory of Marty Weidner’ to Living Journeys, PO Box 2024, Crested Butte, CO 81224. Join us as family and friends celebrate the beautiful life of Marty Weidner, Sunday, July 16 from 1:30 –3 p.m. at the West Tomichi Riverway Park. Please bring photos of Marty and stories to share as we commemorate Marty’s vibrant spirit. The park is located in Gunnison at the west terminus of Diamond Lane at the Gunnison River. GPS will guide you there using 130 Diamond Lane, Gunnison though there is not an actual street address for the park. Feel free to bring your food and beverage of choice, lawn chairs and enjoy the afternoon. A graveside service will be held at the Gunnison Cemetery at 4 p.m.