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Joan Ziebarth Martin

The matriarch of the MCA
March 19, 1928 ~ December 8,  2002

"Do I have to play another game"

         Joan Z. Martin was born March 19, 1928 and died Dec 8, 2002.  As the wife of Richard L. Martin Joan played a pivotal role in the beginning of the Martin Cribbage Association.  It was Joan who found and purchased the family large cribbage board as a Christmas present in 1969.  On New Year's Day of 1970 what became to be known as the MCA was born.  Joan played in her first Thanksgiving Tournament in 1972 and played in a total of 28 tourneys.  Joan also attempted to win the MCA World Title three times but was unable to take that crown.  In the TT Joan won a total of 32 games with many of them quite large and finished in the prestigious top three twice.
          Lets go over some of those big victories in Joan's career.  In 1973 after an opening loss Joan finished with a victory over a highly favored John to finish fourth.  After a series of underachieving years, at Otter Crest in 1982 Joan re-emerged as a contender with two crutial victories in her 8th place finish there.  Sure enough the very next year in 1983 Joan narrowly lost in the third place game to Mr. Chris to finish fifth.  Two years later in 1985 Joan lost another narrow game to Rick in finishing sixth.  In 1987 Joan again contended with a nice fifth place finish after a victory over Dick.  In 1990 at Enumclaw Joan pulled off possibly her greatest victory by besting Dan and finishing third, her first top three finish.  Two years later Joan was at it again in Enumclaw with a win over Dick to finish third again in the 1992 tourney.  In 1997 in a field of 15 Joan had two very impressive wins over Troy and Dan and in the semi's had a 24 point crib and nearly upset the eventual champion Seppi.  Joan then lost another heartbreaker to Blake and finished fourth.
          Probably the best performance of Joan's career came just this past year in 2002 in Portland.  As the draw came up for the Group called the Portland Timbers, Joan drew Kelsey as her first opponent.  Joan soared to a near skunk victory and then followed it up with a 6 point win over fellow Pocatellan Nissa.  This victory earned her a spot in the final round.  After the loss to Christine in the group final Joan drew six-time TT champion Rick in the final elite eight. Upon learning of her game with Rick in the final round Joan repeated her quote of the century "Do I have to play another game?"  Joan gave Rick a very solid game but tired quickly and lost in her final Thanksgiving Tournament game.  Joan finished tied for 12th in the field of 29, largest in tournament history.  Everyone at the event applauded Joan's performance on Thanksgiving Day of 2002.
          The very next day Joan suffered the stroke that led to her death just two weeks later.  It was certainly an impressive farewell performance.  Joan with her history of performances is now fully prepared for that Thanksgiving Tournament upastairs.  Even now I believe it is still true that Dick cannot beat her.

Dan Martin MCA President



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