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Cook-Walden Funeral Home

6100 North Lamar, Austin, TX

OBITUARY

Milton "Butch" Martinets

April 29, 1948January 7, 2020
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“What we have done for ourselves alone dies with us; what we have done for others and the world remains and is immortal.” -Albert Pike

Milton ‘Butch’ Martinets age 71, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, January 7, 2020. He was born April 29, 1948 to Milton Martinets, Sr. and Albina Frances Fojt in Taylor, Texas and was the eldest of their nine children.

The magnitude of this loss is truly immeasurable and he will be greatly missed by his wonderful family and work family alike. He leaves behind Ignacia ‘Nancy’ Martinets and Peggy J. Zamarripa whose steadfast love, devotion and appreciation for him cannot easily be expressed with words alone. His legacy includes two loving children, Marnie and Shane, two adoring grandkids, Braedon Orion Martinets and Jibril Martin Beirouch and moreover, a legacy of compassion and loyalty which is represented by and large through the lives of countless others who he mentored, befriended, worked alongside and simply loved.

He was an extremely hard worker whose work ethic was cultivated out of necessity from a very early age. He began his career in the restaurant industry at Hill’s Cafe in Austin, where he honed his skills before launching an amazing career as proprietor of Dart Bowl Cafe for nearly 50 years. Always a planner, he was logic and fact oriented, and yet always had time for a good joke, an interesting story, and kind words for all of his patrons. He firmly believed that his success was intrinsically linked to his steadfast insistence to the basics... good food, consistency, fair prices and unwavering customer appreciation.

He was very well respected and loved immensely. His heart was huge… a deep reservoir of love for his fellow human. He often shared his experiences and opinions emphatically with only the sincerest desire to help others avoid the trials and tribulations he endured, always with the hope that they would have an easier time maneuvering through this grand world. He will be remembered by the many people whose lives he touched and encountered. And, in the end, this phenomally gifted storyteller has become a part of the story… the old Austin history, about which he happily and respectfully reminisced.

There are many, aside from his immediate family, who are feeling this tremendous loss. He also leaves behind aunts, sisters, sisters and brothers in-law, cousins, nieces and nephews, employees, various business associates, customers, and friends… too numerous to mention. We recognize, love and thank you all. He loved you. We love you.

We offer our deep appreciation and love for Charles ‘Chuck’ Penland and family, Rosendo ‘Ross’ Tello and family, Butch’s beloved Dart Bowl family, his treasured Barfly’s family, the Beirouch family and special thanks to the Gonzales family.

Funeral Services will be held at 1:00 p.m. Monday, January 13, 2020 at Cook-Walden Funeral home on North Lamar Boulevard.

Services

  • Visitation Monday, January 13, 2020
  • Funeral Service Monday, January 13, 2020

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Jerry Lyle

January 17, 2020

I knew Butch from Hill's Cafe and of course from the Dart Bowl Cafe. He treated people, including myself, with respect and sometimes with a joke he had heard, but always as a friend. This is his legacy. He treated those that worked for him and his customers as part of the family. You always knew you would received a good meal for a fair price, but that he appreciated everyone that came back time after time. Butch, may you rest in peace, for you have left a legacy of love to all people. We all loved you and will miss you.

John Martinez

January 16, 2020

Where to start?! First of all, condolences to all his family and friends. Butch was quite the "Man". He was generous, understanding, loving and most of all, available to anyone that needed him. He gave me my first job at the ripe age of 17 for a summer and in that little amount of time, I knew that he was someone to look up to. Much so, that I came back the following Summer and asked for my job back because he was a great boss and an even better person. He is who I emulate even now. He knew how to treat his employees, customers and manage his Businesses and somehow still manage to be a family man. I miss and love you all and I wish I had the ability to hug each and everyone of you I left behind. I would love if I got confirmation that any one of you saw what I wrote here. Please keep in touch and know that I am just a phone call away if you'd like to talk.
Cell : 702-235-3534

Kris Aruck

January 12, 2020

Dear Martinetz Family,I remember the first time I met Butch I was around 15 years old when my brother nick and wonda got married,we hit it off and he offered me a job, so I worked there for him for a bit...I enjoyed being a part of the dart bowl work crew...Butch always was very nice to me...I am truly sorry for y'alls loss and may he rest in peace and rejoice in heaven with his parents and brothers and sisters that he has lost....God bless you all.......prayers to his family.......Kris Aruck/ Whited

Rose Sutherland

January 12, 2020

Dear Peggy,
We are so sorry to hear of the loss of Butch he will be greatly missed bye so many people.
We used to come in every week for a meal after work and loved seeing and talking with Butch he was always so nice and always had a great story to tell. Smile
God be with y'all
Rose and Eddie Sutherland

Tony Carter

January 12, 2020

You was the best owner of the restaurant at dart bowl. you always had a smile on your face. you will be truly missed. may you Rest in Peace Mr. Butch.

Michelle Tello

January 12, 2020

I have nothing but great memories of him. Please accept our sincerest condolences from the Tello family.

Frances Martinets

January 12, 2020

Joe Moreno, Jr.

January 10, 2020

I was very fortunate to have been able to visit Uncle Butch recently when he was at St. David’s Hospital and be able to personally share my gratitude for his willingness many years ago for allowing me to interview him for a college course I was taking.

Maggie and I share I your loss and give our condolences to all of Uncle Butch’s family.

Please know we pray the Angels in Heaven surround his family and provide the guidance and strength as you journey through this period which will consist of long days, full of many task needing to be done in a short period of time, full of happiness, tears, your personal moments of silence even though there will be noises all around, the personal stories that will redefine the love that Uncle Butch had for many.

Know we are just a phone call away, all our love, Maggie and Joe Moreno, Jr.

KIMBERLY WHITED

January 10, 2020

Aunt Peggy I'm sorry for your Loss. I'm praying you find peace and comfort. Love Kim.

KIMBERLY WHITED

January 9, 2020

I look back at my life knowing what a big part of it included my Uncle Butch, Aunt Nancy, Marnie and Shane. They took us in and helped raise us for awhile so we could all stay together. I remember Uncle Butch waking me up some nights after coming home from the café so that I could eat dinner with him. He later told me it was because he was worried about me being so little. You will be dearly missed Uncle Butch and I will forever be grateful for all the Love and Support you and Aunt Nancy have shown us. Aunt Nancy, Marnie and Shane we love you so much and are praying for you. Love Kim

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