MSgt. Manuel Martinez, USAF (Ret.)

April 13, 1946February 9, 2021
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Manuel Martinez, age 74, passed away peacefully on February 9, 2021.

Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 PM on Friday, February 26, 2021 at Elliot Hamil Funeral Home, 5701 US HWY 277 S. Funeral Services will be held at 1 PM on Saturday, February 27, 2021 at Ambler Baptist Church, 2150 Park Ave, Abilene. Eddie Puga, Pastor of Ambler Baptist Church will be officiating. Burial will follow in the Elliot Hamil Garden of Memories Cemetery under the direction of Elliot Hamil Funeral Home.

Manuel Martinez was born April 13, 1946 in Baird, Texas. He was the 6th child born to Guadalupe and Antonia Martinez. He married Anita Jimenez, August 21st, 1965 in Abilene, Texas. He attended Baird High School. He and Anita had two children. Sylvia Martinez and Richard Martinez both of Abilene Texas. Manuel went back to school to complete his education. He held several positions prior to enlisting in the US Air Force. He worked at road construction, several telephone companies and as an instrument buffer, He enlisted in the Air Force in 1973. Manuel retired from the Air force in 1993. After he retired, he went on the have careers at the Abilene State School and AISD, eventually retiring completely in 2009. He was a member of the Ambler Baptist Church.

Manuel was a very proud veteran. His career took him to several locations around the world. His awards included the Meritorious Service Medal with two bronze oak leaf clusters, AF Commendation Medal with 2 oak leaf clusters the AF Achievement Medal with 2 oak leaf clusters and the National Defense Service Medal with bronze star. His career had many highlights, including meeting important people and dignitaries. He was most proud of meeting Colin Powel and Roy Benavides. He was also proud of the role he had in establishing supply and support for the B-1 when it was brought to Dyess. Manuel was always full of life and had a story to tell. He never met a stranger and seemed to know someone everywhere he went. He enjoyed woodworking, fishing, golfing, watching his grandsons as they played sports and spending time with his family. He would play Santa at Christmas and made a lot of people smile.

Manuel was preceded in death by his wife Anita, his parents Guadalupe and Antonia, his brother Elias Martinez, and his sister Sarah Wilder. Manuel is survived by his children Sylvia Martinez of Abilene and Richard and wife Juanita Martinez of Abilene, Texas. He has three grandsons and two granddaughter-in laws that he loved very much: Richard and Perla Martinez of Ft. Worth, Lorenzo and Brittney Martinez of Abilene and Michael Martinez of Abilene. His brother Samuel Martinez and sisters Rebecca Robertson of Abilene, Ruby and Larry Joe Rinehart of Phoenix, Arizona, and Ophelia Troup Abilene and many aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.


  • Richard Martinez, II
  • Lorenzo Martinez
  • Michael Martinez
  • Drew Flores
  • Marcus Washington
  • Brandon Flores


  • Visitation

    Friday, February 26, 2021

  • Funeral Service

    Saturday, February 27, 2021

  • Military Burial

    Saturday, February 27, 2021


MSgt. Manuel Martinez, USAF (Ret.)

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Robert Griggs

February 28, 2021

We enjoyed school and had a good life, enjoyable the wings. Oh I forgot you were airforce wings are a little slow for you.


Joe and Ovelia Campos

February 25, 2021

We are so saddened that Manuel passed away, but we know that now he is with Anita. May they both rest in peace. Please know that you are in our hearts and prayers, because losing both of your parents just weeks apart has to be so difficult.

Ophelia Trouo

February 21, 2021

My sweet brother I miss you very much. This is very hard for me but I know that you are in a much better place now. You're with our dear Lord along with Anita, mom, our sister, and many other family members.
I was very fortunate to have had a brother like you. You were always there for me. I could always count on a joke or two from you. You always made me laugh. I have so many wonderful memories of you that I will cherish forever. Miss you, Ophelia

Lydia Kelly

February 20, 2021

Our family was always welcome to call and visit Anita and Manuel’s home. If we didn’t go by their home they would join us for a meal at any restaurant in Abilene. Many laughs, stories, football games, genuine love and care was shared between our families. One important thing Manuel shared with me was his BBQ sauce recipe, though I haven’t made it yet I will very soon to remember Manuel and his generosity of faith, friendship and love! RIP Manuel with your love Anita.❤️ God shared you two with us and for that we are thankful. Love, Tommy and Lydia Kelly

Adrianna Gonzales

February 20, 2021

I love u uncle Manuel, thank you for always making me smile. You always made me feel so welcome in your home. My kids really enjoyed you. You sure made them laugh alot. I know they will always remember that.. I didnt want this day to come but I know you are not suffering anymore and you are with your true love enjoying the beautiful things in heaven. You are the definition of a Man of God. I'm so glad you were in my life. I will never forget you, I will always love and miss you. Until we meet again. Love Adrianna aka your lorena haha

Delia Vallejo

February 19, 2021

The Segura-Vallejo family wish to send our condolences to the family. We were so fortunate to have been able to meet Manuel on one if his visits to Ne. He certainly treasured his family. RIP Manuel from your cousins in Ne. Az.&Tx.

Ruby Rinehart

February 13, 2021

Our hearts go out to Sylvia and Richard and the family during this difficult time. Losing Anita and Manuel within weeks of each other has been devastating to our family.
I will greatly miss my little brother. I have so many memories from our childhood. We were close in age, so I remember the many mischief he somehow managed to get into as a young boy. But he learned early in life that a good joke could get him off the hook with mother. Manuel kept that good sense of humor throughout his life that kept everyone laughing at his jokes.
Manuel was close to his faith and kept the Lord in his life for guidance. He was thoughtful, caring, and giving. He was a great father and grandfather.
He never missed, and always took part in family events. He even attended our Victorian Tea Party that we held for our two Tias (both in their near 90s in age), even though he was the only male to attend. He added so much to that special day. Rest in Peace little brother. I will miss you so dearly.