(May 14, 2001)
Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Lovell Saturday for Sgt. Major John Martinez, U.S. Army Ret., who died Monday, May 14 at his home in Colorado Springs, Colo. He was 56.
A veteran of the Vietnam War, he served in the army for 22 years and seven months. He had been living in Colorado Springs since 1981 and was working as safety and environmental manager at Schriever Air Force Base.
He was born Dec. 4, 1944, at Lovell, son of Frank and Juana (Velasquez) Martinez. He married Patty Brabec on July 8, 1968.
Survivors include his wife Patty; a son, Nick Martinez and wife Heather of Denver, Colo.; a daughter, Eva Martinez of Chicago, Ill.; two sisters, Rita Cobos and Rose Cantrall, both of Denver; and six brothers, Ray Martinez of Ceres, Calif., Arthur Martinez of Billings, Frank Martinez, Jr., of Cascade, Mont., Rudy Martinez of Haworden, Iowa, Jesse Martinez of Lovell and Manuel Martinez of Powell.
A funeral service in Colorado Springs will be conducted at 2 p.m. today (Thursday). Burial in the Lovell Cemetery will follow Saturday Mass.
For those who wish, memorial contributions to the American Cancer Society, 1445 N. Union Blvd., Colorado Springs, CO 80909 would be appreciated by the family.