Jesus Roberto Martinez

October 25, 1951January 7, 2011

MARTINEZ Jesus Roberto Martinez, also known to his friends and family as "Jesse" and "TunTun", passed away on Friday, January 7, 2011 at the youthful age of 59. He was born on October 25, 1951 in El Paso, Texas. He attended Burgess High School. Jesse enlisted in the United States Marine Corps in 1969 and served in Vietnam. He was Honorably Discharged in 1975. Jesse attended the University of Texas at El Paso earning a Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in psychology and a minor in sociology. A Master of Education degree in Guidance and Counseling, with an emphasis on Community Agency Counseling followed. He completed both degrees with the highest honors awarded in the department. Utilizing his military and life experiences, along with his license to practice counseling in Texas, Jesse was instrumental in the guidance and counseling of individuals undergoing addiction therapy for chemical dependency. His most recent position was as medical liaison for the Opportunity Center for the Homeless and Thomason Hospital. During this time he implemented an innovative program connecting three different entities providing efficient temporary housing for the homeless population upon discharge from Thomason Hospital. The Opportunity Center Medical Case Management program continues to serve the homeless population with great success. Prior to this position he was a case manager and counselor at the El Paso Rescue Mission. Jesse contributed greatly to the success of those participating in the rehabilitation programs through his service, mentoring, and guidance. Jesse was also a strong advocate for his fellow military veterans. In addition to helping the community, Jesse was a devoted and loving husband and father. Jesse and Vanessa Ramos wed in August 2002. They were blessed with the birth of their son Elijah Roberto Martinez on March 2009. In addition to enjoying spending time with his wife and young son, Jesse enjoyed reading, listening to music, and watching sports. He was preceded in death by his mother Carmen E. Martinez. In addition to Vanessa and Elijah, his other family members include son Xavier and daughter Petra, his father Patricio, brothers Raymundo and Julian, and sisters Maria Del Carmen Ray and Patricia Martinez Molinar. In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that donations be made to the El Paso Opportunity Center for the Homeless. His family wants to thank all the doctors, nurses, and staff that provided Jesse with the greatest care and comfort during Jesse's battle with cancer. Special thanks to the Texas Oncology Clinic including Dr. Ragene Rivera, the radiology and pharmacy staff, and infusion nurses Yvonne and Cristina. Gratitude is also extended to Dr. Luis Guerra of The Doctors In, Dr. Erasto Cortes, and Dr. Jose Calderon of the El Paso V.A. Health System. A Celebration of his life and viewing will be held Monday from 5 - 9 p.m. at Funeraria Del Angel Martin Central. A mass will be held Tuesday at 12:45 pm at Our Lady of the Light Church on Delta followed by interment at 2 p.m. at Fort Bliss Cemetery. "Love yourself" these are words Jesse shared with many people and today we share them with you.


  • Funeral Mass Tuesday, January 11, 2011
  • Visitation Monday, January 10, 2011

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petra estrella

February 8, 2011

i love you, tata. and i miss you so.

larry granados

January 14, 2011

God condolences

i will always remember jesse

Lala Hernandez

January 12, 2011

Uncle Patricio and cousins, my deepest condolences on your loss. Although we have been many miles apart for most of our lives you are always in my prayers. I will continue to pray for all of you, that you find peace at this trying time.

January 12, 2011

Please accept my deepest condolences on the passing of "TunTun". I've been remembering the wonderful Delgado/Martinez family get-togethers, especially playing in the park in front of your parent's home and growing up together. May God Bless you all in this extremely sad time. I'm sorry I couldn't make it to the funeral but know that I've been praying for you all. Rest in peace, "TunTun".
Love, "Cousin" Irma Delgado Acuna, Lake Forest, CA.

Lynda Camacho

January 11, 2011

Vanessa and family. Sandy just told me of the passing of your husband. My condolences to you, Elijah and the rest of the Martinez family. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

Idalhi Huizar

January 11, 2011

My most sincere condonlences to Jesus' wife, his children and the rest of the family. I had the pleasure of meeting Jesus in grad school and he became my studying partner and always helping me out with Chi Sigma activities. I always admired his committment to his family, his school and his work, and he was a great example to follow...I will remember him with happy memories for he always made us laugh in class and he was always ready to help others. My thoughts and prayers are with his family. Jesus, rest in peace.

John Flores

January 11, 2011

To my uncle and cousins, to all of Jesus' family, our deepest condolences for your loss. He devoted himself to a cause that brought comfort and aid to those in need, and a future to those that followed his lead. It was a pleasure to have spoken with Jesus in recent years, and learn and understand his commitment to helping others. Jesus, rest in peace.

Brian Abraham

January 11, 2011

My deepest sympathies to Vanessa, Elijah, and the extended Martinez family. Jesse was always a solid source of inspiration to me, and was so important to the lives of so many people. I will always remember him with great respect and admiration.

Frank Flores

January 11, 2011

My condolences for the passing of my cousin Jesus, to my Uncle Patricio and to my cousins, Jesus's Wife and Children. May you hold on to the good memories of our time with Jesus while he was with us. Jesus was living proof that hard work and striving to be as good as he could be, leaves those of us who pay attention closely, with a person to admire and make us also try harder to become a better person on a daily basis. May all of you find peace within yourselves. God bless you all.

January 10, 2011

Our heartfelt condolences to Jessie's family and all those who knew and loved him. Just as he touched others, he will be missed by many. Aliviane PATH Program