Manuel Martinez


(Oct. 18, 2006)

Funeral Mass will be celebrated Wednesday, Oct. 18 at 2 p.m. at St. Barbara’s Catholic Church for Manuel Martinez of Powell, who died Saturday, Oct. 13. He was 60.

Father Peter Johnson will officiate at services. Rosary will be said at 6 p.m. tonight (Tuesday). Burial will be in Crown Hill Cemetery.

He was born June 22, 1946, at Lovell, son of Frank R. and Juana (Velasquez) Martinez. He attended Lovell High School and married Virginia Franckowiak at Lovell in 1972.

The family lived in Powell, and Manuel never knew a stranger. He was always quick with a joke and loved helping people. He loved to cook, and his salsa was always requested.

He was especially fond of fishing and watching baseball. He really loved spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren, Cassandra, Sydney, Anthony, Jami and Jackson.

Survivors include his wife Virginia of Powell; a son, Branden Martinez of Billings, Mont.; a daughter, Katie Martinez of Powell; brothers and sisters-in-law, Pete and Judi Martinez of Cascade, Mont., Ramon and Dorothy Martinez of California, Rudy and Rhonda Martinez of Iowa and Jesse Martinez of Lovell; sisters and brothers-in-law, Rita and Ben Cobos and Rose and Jerry Cantrell, all of Denver, Colo.; and five grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; sister Eva; brothers Art and John; and sister-in-law, Jaunita.

Pallbearers at the funeral will be Mathew Martinez, Melchor Garza, Jared Baker and Rocky Melger. Nick and Matt Martinez are honorary pallbearers.