Martina Wendy Balen

Oct. 3, 1969 – Sept. 8, 2020

With heavy hearts, we announce the unexpected passing of Martina in her home in Pinehurst, Texas. Born in Okinawa to CWO2 William (Bill) and Susanna Balen. She was intelligent, determined, athletic and often stubborn.

From an early age, she loved sports. She had a small stature, but packed a big punch. Her name was highlighted many times in the Pacifica Tribune as a talented athlete. She played baseball, softball, basketball, and even bowled a perfect 300 in a junior league. Of course, she enjoyed fishing too. She was an avid Dodger and Duke basketball fan. Another talent was her precise and amazing embroidery skills. Her numerous creations will be cherished by her family for years.

Martina graduated in 1987 from Oceana High School. She worked at United Airlines from 1989 until the day she passed. During this time, she worked in customer service, became a licensed aviation mechanic and was a baggage handler. She was beloved by her colleagues and because of her vast knowledge was known by some as Google.

Her biggest love were her beautiful Dobermans, Cocoa, Lady, Hurley, Redick and Blu.

She was predeceased by her father. She is survived by her mother and four siblings, Catherine Spinner (& Ross), Lisa Fairclough (& Bob), Michelle Swindell, Mark Balen (& Ami).  She is also survived by her nieces and nephews Ashley, Nicholas, Anthony, Christopher, Matthew, William, Nolan, Cole, Liam and Hazel.

She will forever be remembered by her family and close friends.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Doberman Rescue of the Triad.

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