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In sadness, we share the news that Rev. Lori Martin DeWitt died on Saturday January 30, 2021.

Rev. Marian Lori Martin DeWitt was a retired elder in the Desert Southwest Conference. She is a graduate of Northern Arizona University and Fuller Theological Seminary. She received her D.Min at the University of Creation Spirituality in Oakland, CA. She was admitted on probation in 1983, was appointed to attend school, and later became a member in full connection in 1987. She served at: Tempe: Dayspring UMC (Associate); Safford: First UMC; Tucson: Desert Skies UMC; Phoenix: Faith UMC; Scottsdale: Scottsdale UMC; and Tucson: Christ Church UM. Rev. Martin DeWitt retired in 2005. She provided hospice family care and served at the Southern Arizona Mental Health Corporation as a counselor while in retirement.

Rev. Martin DeWitt was an intelligent, caring person in action and deed and she practiced that care with all around her. When she was at Faith UMC, she took a caregiver role for Desi Sapp, an adult who needed support due to his disabilities. Desi’s father was a UMC pastor and since both of his parents were deceased, Lori helped manage his care needs. Lori advocated for him so that he could have as good a life as possible.

She was a proponent of Creation Spirituality and engaged in many conversations about the goodness God created. She engaged life with her wit and a laugh that drew you in. Rev. Martin DeWitt and her husband John traveled often and made friends wherever they ventured.

A memorial service will be held at a later date.

Condolences can be sent to:

Mr. John DeWitt
951 N. Via Zahara Del Sol
Tucson, AZ 85748

Gifts in her memory can be sent to:

Arizona Humane Society
Attn: Development Department
1521 W. Dobbins Road
Phoenix, AZ 85041
or by clicking here.

We join our hearts together in grief, acknowledging our human loss. May God grant us grace, that in pain we may find comfort; in sorrow, hope; and in death, resurrection. With gratitude for the life and ministry of Rev. Lori Martin DeWitt, please hold her family and friends in prayer at this time.

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