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Obituary for Martin "Pop-O" Martinez

Martin "Pop-O"  Martinez
Martin F. Martinez (pop-o); July 29, 1921 – July 17, 2011

We say farewell to yet another of “The Greatest Generation”. Our beloved Pop-o; Beloved husband, father, brother, grandfather and great-great grandfather, in-law, and dear friend, was quietly called on to his eternal home. Preceding him to his eternal calling were parents, Felix V Martinez and Bonifacia Martinez Y Montez, Sister-Charlotte Tellez, Brothers-Mike E Martinez, Margarito Martinez, Gilbert C Martinez, grandson Steve Martinez and granddaughter Patricia Lash. Martin (Pop-o), is survived by his wife of 70 years Corina; Sons-Martin A Martinez; Michael F Martinez and wife Wendy; Esteban Martinez and wife Carolyn; Daughters-Eloyda Batista; Rosella Quintana; Elinora Martinez. Sisters-Hermelinda (Linda) and husband David Adams; Hortencia (Angel) and husband Martin Rivera; Ernestina Walker. Brothers-Floylan Martinez and wife Clara; Alfaro Martinez and wife Donna; Lionel Martinez; Arcelio Martinez and wife Yolanda and many grandchildren, great grandchildren, and great-great grandchildren. Survivors include many other loved nephews, nieces, great nephews and nieces, and great, great nieces and nephews, and cousins, in-laws and friends. All of whom he loved so dearly. We will all miss his laughter, big heart, gentle bearing, and deep gravelly voice and detailed stories of kindness, humor, marvel, and mayhem. Martin was born in Dawson, NM and worked as a young man in the coal town’s mines. He married Corina Martinez in 1941 before leaving Dawson to serve in the US Army from 1944-1946. He participated in the long Pacific-Philippine Islands campaign, as a military policeman. He was a gifted boxing enthusiast known for his devastating knockout punch, who captured several championships in his weight class in the Pacific theater of operations. He was awarded Pacific Campaign, Philippine Service, Military Police, Sharpshooters Badge and Self Defense Tab, National Defense, Good Conduct medals, was undefeated in all of his service boxing matches and was honorably discharged with the non-com rank of T-E 5 from the US Army. He returned to Dawson in 1946 to work in the coal mines where mining operations ceased in 1950. Moving his family to Santa Fe NM in 1946. He then worded in Santa Fe for ICX trucking until his retirement in 1974 where he resided until his earthly departure. Martin was active in his community of Santa Fe and was the Instituting Secretary of the Santa Fe Aries of the Fraternal Order of Eagles and served in many positions with the Aries. When his health permitted he was an avid bowler and served as president and secretary of the Santa Fe Bowling Association several times. He was a lifetime VFW member had great love and respect for our nation and all of our veterans. He was one of Seven of the eight boys of his immediate family that proudly served in the armed forces and one of the six of them who served simultaneously during WWII-Korea.

We are proud and honored, and most of all blessed to have had such a kind, strong, and respectful man in our lives. He was always willing to help and had big shoulders to cry on, to lean on, to sigh on, and a hug to ease any fear or worry. His big powerful hands so gently held all his little and new family members. We all grew up witness to the power of his gentle heart as it touched all who grew to know and respect him. We will truly miss the quiet respect he lived by.

We would also like to extend a special thank you and consideration to family members Elinora Martinez, LoraAnn Lovato, Gilbert Lovato, Andrea Batista, Michael Batista, Felicia Rodriguez and to hospice services tech and staff at Christus St. Vincent and friends and other family members for their contributions in Pop-o’s time of need.

Honorary pallbearers are Brothers; Floylan, Arcelio, Alfaro, Lionel; Sons, Martin, Michael, Frank; Grandsons, Tom Martinez, Allen Quintana, Raj Prabhu, Gilbert Lovato. Great grandsons; Michael A Batista, Adam Merchain, David Ryan, Steven Martinez, Tomas Martinez, Jordan Mucher, Jacob Quintana, Nicholas Last; Great, great grandson Fabian Ryan.

In lieu of flowers the family requests that you donate to The Wounded Warrior Project or other non profit armed forces veteran’s service organizations. Pop-o would love that!

A rosary was recited on July 20, 2011. Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on July 21, 2011. Both services were held at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis De Assisi. Interment with full military honors followed at the Santa Fe National Cemetery.

Our sincerest respectful gratitude in Honor of Our Pop-o,

The Martinez Family

He feared nothing,.
A gifted force yet a gentleman unreal,
In his arms flowed the power of steel.
If one blundered and showed disrespect,
In a blink he could knock your head off your neck.
He could have contended they used to say,
Yet he chose the quiet way,
Didn’t matter if your life was a wreck,
He lifted you up showing you respect.
It would be a joyous blessed day,
To once again join him on his respectful way,
May God hold and keep a gem like you,
Lending you to us showed God’s word is true.
We love and miss You Pop-o

The Martinez family has entrusted their loved one to:

The Rivera Family of Santa Fe Funeral Options
417 East Rodeo Road ~ Santa Fe, NM 87505
(505) 989-7032

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