We’ll Miss You, Kerry Martin

June 9, 2009 by  

It’s been a difficult couple of weeks at the Capitol with the unbelievably sad news of Treasurer Dean Martin’s wife, Kerry’s, tragic passing.  The Martins were jubilantly expecting their first child, Austin, at the end of May and friends, family and even their doctor believed nothing out of the ordinary would stand in the way of a normal delivery.

Unexpectantly, Kerry passed away shortly after giving birth Monday, May 25th, due to a ruptured tumor called hepatic adenoma, an extremely rare condition affecting about 30-40 women in a million.  Their newborn son, Austin, was also fatally affected and died two days later.

Dean’s deep faith was evident during a brave press conference where he appeared with close family. 

Martin tearfully shared, “it was not the miracle we prayed for, but we got the miracle we needed.” Arizona joins Treasurer Martin in mourning the loss of Austin, as well as the loss of Martin’s wife, Kerry, who passed away late Monday night, shortly after giving birth to Austin.

Always the champion of life and continuing the legacy of his wife’s equally faithful commitment, in his Press Conference Martin said, “…the reason I chose to come out and speak to you today is I know many expectant mothers who have heard this news are probably very worried–I know Kerry would have been. But I want you to know that the events that led to Kerry’s death are rare, and she would not want you to worry.  Hug your family, and cherish the miracle of life but don’t worry.”

Austin was born at 7:31 p.m. on May 25th, 2009, weighing 8 pounds and measuring 21.5 inches in length.  About the days since Austin’s birth, Martin tearfully explained, “God gave me three days to know my son, as my wife got to know him for 9 months.” Martin said that he is comforted by the knowledge that Austin and his mom Kerry have been reunited in Heaven. 

Joe and I got to know Dean and Kerry during Dean’s first run for the Senate in our District in 2001.  Even though they were much younger than us, they were truly mentors to us and such an example as we got to know them through the years.

While everyone was enamored of Dean’s obvious gifting for public service, we soon learned of Kerry’s equal gifting for this calling.  A dynamic duo together, Kerry was full of energy and grace.  Her life was obviously dedicated first to living her faith and she did that by honoring and supporting her husband.

Kerry will be missed by all who knew her.  Our hearts go out to Kerry’s family who knew and loved her best.


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