Difficult roads often lead to beautiful destinations. The best is yet to come. Let the memory of Marty be with us forever.
  • Born on February 14, 1940 in Cincinnatti, Ohio, United States.
  • Passed away on February 15, 2019 in Virginia Beach, Virginia, United States.

We thank all who have left and will leave a brief tribute, who have sent a card or note, or expressed sympathy in person. Please know that you are all so very much appreciated! Please mark your calendars for May 16th for Marty's Celebration of Life. Our family would love to express our thanks to you, pass along our memories, and hear some of yours! The event will take place at 2:00 pm @ the Lesner Inn in Virginia Beach.

This memorial website was created in memory of our husband/dad/grandfather, Martin (Marty) Waits 79 years old, born on February 14, 1940 and passed away on February 15, 2019. We will remember him forever.

Marty was born in Cincinnati, Ohio on February 14, 1940 to the late Daniel and Loraine (Hoffmann) Waits of Essexville, MI.He graduated from the University of Cincinnati with a degree in Chemical Engineering in 1963 and later received his MBA in Finance from Illinois State University in 1973.Marty was President and Technical Director at Technical Products Corporation.He was an active member and Treasurer of Burton Memorial UMC and worked as CFO at Key Largo Wastewater Treatment while living in Tavernier, FL, where he enjoyed many years of boating and diving in his retirement.

Marty is survived by his wife and high school sweetheart of 57 years, the former JoAnn Anderson. They were married August 12, 1961.He also leaves three children:Daniel (Nancy) Waits of Manassas, VA, Todd (Janine) Waits of Harrisburg, NC, and Jeri (Dave) Johnson of Yorktown, VA;eight grandchildren:Kelli Waits, Kim Waits, Korynne (Joey) Waits Hoer, Joshua (Emily) Waits, Sara Waits, Kalen Johnson, Jenna Johnson, and Jamie Johnson (predeceased him in 1996); and his sister: Carolyn (Danny) Krebs of Essexville, MI.

As mentioned, a Celebration of Life gathering will be held May 16th at 2:00 pm @ the Lesner Inn in Virginia Beach. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Burton Memorial United Methodist Church in Tavernier, FL (http://www.bmumc.net/ click Give Online) or Westminster Canterbury’s Hospice in Virginia Beach, VA (http://www.wcathome.com/chesapeake-hospice).

Posted by Gregg McClellan on March 3, 2019
Dear Aunt Jo, Dan and Nancy, Todd and Janine, Jeri and Dave, and all the grandchildren,
Uncle Marty will be greatly missed. I still remember the times I visited y'all in Ohio and Virginia, and treasure the memories. He will be greatly missed. Love and Prayers for y'all.
Posted by Christen Buchert on February 24, 2019
Jeri (and family), We were school friends and although we've lost touch through the years, I remember coming over to your family home in high school and I remember your parents and brothers. I saw your dad's obit and wanted to reach out with sympathy. Unfortunately I know how hard it is to lose a parent. You had a great dad. Sending prayers your way and hoping you and all of your family are doing well!  Hugs! Christen Buchert
Posted by David Thornton on February 22, 2019
Marty and Lew Ward helped my young company Thornton and Musso get started in the water treatment business in 1990.  We were looking for a quality supplier and Mary and Lew took us under their wings.  We thrived under their leadership and we were disappointed to hear when Marty sold the business to Carus many years ago.  Marty was a fine gentleman and great business man.  We still use the technology Marty and team trained us on and we are a thriving company today with 40 employees.  We could not have been as successful as we are had we not met Marty.  You all should know the many people who’s lives Marty changed just by being a generous and unselfish businessman.  David Thornton, Zachary, LA.
Posted by Jim Grier on February 21, 2019
Marty was one of my favorite dive buddies. I first met him in 2001 on a dive trip (for details and photos, see http://web.archive.org/web/20070817202655/http://dive.scubadiving.com/members/tripreports.php?s=748 ). Thereafter I frequently met up with him, often stayed with him and JoAnn at their Florida home in the Keys, and we often went diving together using his boat, including in 2004 on one of my two 1,000th dives (several photos of Marty and his boat, see http://web.archive.org/web/20070817203100/http://dive.scubadiving.com/members/tripreports.php?s=2741 [some of the pics of his boat got switched with pics from other dives by the archive website and can't be corrected now, but the rest are okay]). I also helped Marty around his place including some construction and two different years when we had to board up everything for an approaching hurricane!
The name of his boat, as I recall, was "Andiamo", which he explained to me was Italian for "let's get going!"
I last saw him a couple years ago, Nov 2016, in the Keys while involved in a Divers Alert Network (DAN) research study. I added a picture of him from then to the photos.
Marty was not only a great dive buddy but one of my favorite persons. He was always cheery, chatty, and spunky -- what a guy!
Posted by Dorothy Ballow on February 21, 2019
To JoAnn and family ,
With deepest simpathy of your loss of Martin .
Sending my love and prayers to you all .
Dotty Ballow.
Posted by Ric Anderson on February 20, 2019
Like Mary said, it is sad to have to let go, but we are blessed with so many great, happy memories... and fun stories that will live on through us all. The time Todd and I paddled across Rollway lake on little inflatable rafts and Uncle Marty Swam next to us the whole way... it devolved into a wrestling match on the beach... he won. Huncy playing piano and Marty playing saxophone... Uncle Marty made several appearances in our family home movies, often dancing through the scene at random times, he may have invented the 'photo-bomb.' 
We are all very lucky to have had him in our lives for so long, and to have these memories for time to come.
Condolences and Love. - Eric. 'Cousin Ric'
Posted by Norm Wiley on February 19, 2019
Marty was a great friend of mine from many years ago. We were roomates at UC and he and Joann introduced me to my wife Mary Jo. We took turns being "best man" at each other's weddings. I will always cherish the fun times we had together.
Posted by Ruth Forgaan on February 19, 2019
We loved seeing Marty and Jo in church. When the men’s group would meet on Wednesday for breakfast we all appreciated Marty’s comments.  He shared great ideas and we had lots of laughs.  Plus he took pride in preparing the breakfast for us at times!  You are all in our thoughts and prayers. Ruth and Harry
Posted by Mary Jo Snable Wiley on February 19, 2019
We are so saddened to lose our BEST MAN.  I'm asking for angels to help you and your family through this difficult transition.  Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.  Norm and Mary Jo Wiley
Posted by Michael Poulin on February 18, 2019
I'm so sorry to hear of Marty's passing, he was a great boss and mentor to me at TPC. My sincerest condolences to the Waits family and please let me know when the Celebration of Life event will be held.
Posted by Floyd Newman on February 18, 2019
I first met Marty in the mid-90s through a SCUBA internet board that we both frequented. He invited me to stop by the next time we were diving in Virginia Beach, and we did. That was the beginning of a warm friendship. We were to do many dives together in Virginia Beach, North Carolina, Fort Lauderdale, and the Florida Keys. Marty never met a stranger, and was always ready to talk about diving. He loved to laugh and he loved life, and he was unfailingly hospitable and generous of spirit. It is hard to believe he is gone. I was hoping he could come down to NC for some dives this summer. Requiescat in pace, my friend.
Posted by Mary Varilek on February 18, 2019
Aunt Jo, Danny, Todd and Jeri -- and all your spouses and children....We were so sorry to hear about your loss. Uncle Marty was a wonderful guy. Always full of life and had a huge personality. He could light up a room! I will always remember him playing the sax and being the life of the party. I know how much you will all miss him. So happy you were able to spend time with him at the end. He knew he was adored by you all. God bless your family. XOXO - Mary and Jim

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