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EULOGY DIANE D. SKALISKY- MARTY (Written by her husband: Joseph Marty) Diane was born November 10, 1948 in Sacramento, California to mother Delores Mae Jacob and father Lester Marvin Skalisky. She is survived by husband Joseph Marty, sons Jason (Tara) Marty & Justin Marty, mother Delores Skalisky, sisters DeVonne (Randy) Gillan and Debbie Skalisky, brother Les Skalisky, and her cherished grandchildren: Lexy, Roman and Hayden. She was greeted in the next life by her father Lester, brother Gary, and daughter Jennifer who died only 10 months ago on July 8, 2011. Diane graduated from Encina High School in 1966. She was a very popular girl, and had friends in three Sacramento high schools. She met her future husband, Joseph Edward Marty, at American River College. Joe and Diane were married June 29, 1968 while going to school at Cal Berkeley. After graduating from Cal in 1970 they moved to Provo, Utah where Joseph got a job working as an architect at BYU and teaching in the Environmental Design department. Diane made the move to BYU with newborn Jason, who was born in San Francisco in 1971. Diane, Joseph and Jason lived in Provo, Utah until 1973 when they moved back to Berkeley, California so Joe could pursue his Master’s degree. Diane gave birth to her daughter Jennifer in Berkeley in 1973. When Joe graduated from the Master’s program they packed up and moved their young family back home to Sacramento, California. Diane felt a strong need to have another child and she gave birth to Justin in Sacramento in 1978. Diane and Joe built a home in Fair Oaks, CA where they lived for many years and have called Sacramento home for most of their lives. Diane was a homemaker and enjoyed modeling, politics and helping out with her husband’s businesses. She owned and operated a modeling agency for several years and coordinated fashion shows for Macy’s. She ran for Mayor of Fair Oaks, and she worked as a lobbyist for the Aging Foundation, and also lobbied for the rights of women and children at the state capitol in Sacramento. She played key roles in both of her husband’s companies, High Sierra Construction and JMA Architecture. She even obtained a real estate license to help her husband with the selling of investment properties he built. Diane was appointed to the Fair Oaks, CA Community Planning Advisory Council by County Supervisor Jim Streng, and was involved with the founding of the American River Bank of Fair Oaks. Later in life she obtained her license as an Esthetician/Massage Therapist, and never had a shortage of repeat clients. She was actively involved in the LDS Church and taught Relief Society for over 15 years. Diane was a fiercely loyal mother—very involved with her children’s schools and the PTA. Diane and Joseph were both instrumental in helping Jason and Justin obtain their Eagle Scout and LDS Church Duty to God Awards. Diane also kept busy with daughter Jennifer—actively supporting her in dance, gymnastics, soccer, tennis, music, Girl Scouts and church activities. Diane was truly one of a kind. She had an incredible sense of humor and could have you laughing in seconds. She was artistic, creative and very intelligent. She was extraordinarily extroverted and made friends everywhere she went. She was almost too truthful and always spoke her mind. She was compassionate and had a highly developed intuition, which she used to help her family and friends. People from all walks and statures of life regularly sought her out for her advice. Diane loved both the ocean and Lake Tahoe. She and Joe had great memories of summer days surfing in Santa Cruz. Over the years, she built a large sea shell collection, always mentioning that the shells reminded her of the many phases of life. She also counted family trips to their Lake Tahoe cabin and sailboat as some of her favorites. In her 40s, Diane was diagnosed with mixed connective tissue disorder which slowly altered her life. She was in constant pain, was hospitalized on several occasions, and lived with lingering health issues as a result. Her body was slowly deteriorating and could not keep up with her sharp mind and spirit , which was always running a mile a minute. Thanks to her great sense of humor, she was able to deal with the difficulties she faced. Diane died unexpectedly on April 21, 2012 at her home in Salt Lake City, Utah. A recent fall had left her with a concussion and a large hemorrhage in her eye, that contributed to her untimely exit from this life. Her passing relieved her from the pain and suffering she had endured for many years, and she is in a much better place now. It is her family and friends who will suffer the deep loss of such a wonderful companion and friend who brought so much life to everyone who had the privilege to be around her. Diane, we love you and miss you!
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