Amy Jean Martin

Posted: Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Juneau resident Amy Jean Martin (Albright) died March 12, 2008, in Juneau, after a three-year struggle with breast cancer. She was 44.

Born in 1963, in Boise, Idaho, to James Raymond and Velma Lee Albright, she was raised in Anchorage, attended Willowcrest Elementary, Homer middle and high schools and graduated from Dimond High School in 1981.

She attended North Idaho College where she met her husband on the running team. They were married in 1984 and returned to Alaska to attend the University of Alaska Fairbanks.

She received her Bachelor of Criminal Justice in 1986 and her Masters in Community Psychology in 1989. Subsequently, she was employed as a probation officer at both Spring Creek and Lemon Creek correctional facilities, a nonprofit mental health facility, and the state Human Rights Commission.

In 1997, she completed her teaching certification and began a new career as an elementary teacher at Glacier Valley Elementary, in Juneau, where she taught first- through third grades and later became a literacy specialist.

She had a lifelong love of learning and found teaching to be her passion, her family said.

According to her family, she was a natural athlete. She enjoyed playing community volleyball and loved hiking, picking berries, making jam and most of all, fishing. She celebrated the time spent on the family boat and at the Hoonah cabin.

Family said she was a cherished wife, mother, teacher and friend. She is remembered as one who lived life to the fullest, they said. Those who knew her fondly recall the jokes and pranks She constantly pulled on others. Her amazing energy, joy and giving spirit are examples to all, and she served and shared selflessly, they said.

She is survived by her husband, Donald Martin; sons, Nicholas and Colter Martin, of Juneau; grandmother, Patricia Yenney; father, James R. Albright; mother, Velma Lee Tonkin; stepfather, Nick Tonkin; brothers, Michael, Patrick, Daniel and Jonathan Albright, all of Anchorage; sisters, Pamela Renkert, of Anchorage, and Suzanne Phillips, of Kenai; and many nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins and friends throughout Alaska.

A celebration of life for friends of all ages will be at 11 a.m. on March 29 in the multipurpose room of Glacier Valley Elementary, 3400 Tongass Blvd.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the Children Education Account, Alaska USA Federal Credit Union.

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