Michael Martinez – Paid Memorium
Michael Martinez passed away February 23, 2005 at the young age of 61 at the UC Davis Medical Center Burn Unit in Sacramento, California. He was born November 15, 1943 to Joe and Victoria
Martinez in Guadalajara, Mexico. The family moved to California in 1950.
Mike was a butcher for over 40 years, and retired from Albertson’s supermarket in Grass Valley in 2000 as a meat department supervisor. He also worked at Ralph’s supermarket in Auburn, and Chapala Market in Santa Barbara. Mike, Mary and their son David moved to Grass Valley in 1983 from Santa Barbara. Mike was a Vietnam Vet and was very proud of having served his country. He was a member of the VFW Colfax Branch. He enjoyed fishing,
hunting, gardening and spending time with his grandchildren.
Mike enjoyed his annual Eagle Lake fishing trips with his best
friend and brother, Ralph, nephew Adam, and his fishing
buddies. Mike’s generosity and love of people was evident in
the frequent trips he made to various rural parts of Mexico
donating food, clothing, household goods and school
supplies to those less fortunate. He was even known to find
small villages and camp in his truck so that he could help
those really in need.
He is survived by his wife of 33 years, Mary of Dobbins, CA,
mother Victoria Martinez of Oxnard, children Emily Malouf of
Oakpark, Ralph Sells of Texas, Michael Brandt of Bakersfield,
Raymond Martinez of Carpenteria, Michelle Tye Martinez of
Carpenteria, and David Martinez of Sacramento, also stepchildren
Phillip and Jesse Delgado of San Diego and Lupe
Encinas of Fresno. He is also survived by brothers Ralph
Martinez of Grass Valley, David Martinez of Honduras, Ruben
Martinez of San Diego, Joe Martinez of Paso Robles, George
Martinez of Oxnard, and sisters Connie Herrera of Lincoln,
Sally Herrera of Oxnard, Mary Martinez of Oxnard, and Terri
Biron of Grass Valley. Mike also leaves behind grandchildren
Destiny, DJ, Chris, Anthony, Alyssa, Mekaya, Marcus,
Roderick, Natalia, Mackenzie, Kylee, Katie Jane, Stephanie,
Ciara and Tevin; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was
predeceased by his father Joe Martinez in 1969.
Memorial Services scheduled for February 26, 2005 at 11:00
am at Hooper & Weaver Mortuary in Nevada City, with
reception at the VFW in Nevada City to follow. All friends are
welcome to attend the celebration of the life of this wonderful
man. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that contributions
be made to the Veterans of Foreign Wars.
This is a paid obituary.
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