Valdosta Daily Times

November 29, 2013

Zan Hendrika Moritz Martin


The Valdosta Daily Times

VALDOSTA — Martin, Zan Hendrika Moritz, 69, of Tampa, Florida, graduated to heaven on Wednesday morning under the assurance that Jesus has given in the gospels.  Zan was a dedicated and loving wife to Bill, mother to Kimberly and Natalie, and grandmother (“Mimi”) to her grandsons, William and Andrew DiMisa.  She is also survived by her son-in-law, Joe DiMisa, and her caretaker step-son, Michael Wyatt.  Throughout her life, she had an endless ability to show these people how much she loved them.  Zan was raised in Lakeland and Ft. Pierce, Florida, and was predeceased by her grandmother, Amanda Alexandria (“Zannie”) Cannon, parents John and Mary Moritz, and her son John Patrick Martin.        

She was a successful businesswoman and proficient organizer for her adoring husband, Bill. She and Bill enjoyed a storybook romance and were inseparable. Over the years Zan and Bill were actively involved in the Florida Jaycees, Kiwanis, Children’s Home of Tampa, Faith Children’s Home, J. Clifford McDonald Training Center, Florida Kidney Foundation, CBMC, Christian Legacy Foundation, March of Dimes, The Billy Graham Crusade, and Luis Palau Festival.

Zan leaves a legacy of passion for life and dedication and commitment to family couched in a steadfast personal faith. She was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church and St. John’s The Evangelist Catholic Church in Valdosta, Georgia.  

The family wishes to thank the many friends who extended prayers and support during Zan’s battle with cancer and whose numbers are too great to individually name. In particular, Zan would have wished to recognize Mandy Hayman who was like a sister throughout her life. The family appreciates all the care and services provided, especially those by Senior Solutions.

A visitation will be held at Sylvan Abbey Memorial Park & Funeral Home, 2853 Sunset Point Road, Clearwater, Florida, from 6:30-8:30pm on Sunday, Dec. 1. A Catholic mass celebrating Zan’s life will be held at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in downtown Tampa at 9:30am on Monday, Dec. 2.