Phillip G. Martinez

May 26, 1931December 2, 2013
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Phillip Martinez, affectionately called Coach Pipo by many, passed away on December, 2nd 2013 at the age of 82. He was born in El Paso on May 26th, 1931, graduated from Jefferson High School in 1951, attended Sul Ross, and obtained his Bachelor's degree from UTEP in 1984.

He served his country in the Korean War and had many significant coaching endeavors. He is remembered for his intense love of playing and coaching all sports. He was a well known pitcher in local fast-pitch softball leagues and for his "colorful" language on and off the field.

Among his many great accomplishments was truly shaping the lives if his students and placing them on the path to success. His career included creating youth baseball leagues in the El Paso barrios in the early 50's, teaching and coaching at Lydia Patterson Institute and EPISD and coaching the Mexican Olympic Basketball Team in 1980. Pipo was preceded in death in by Yolanda, his wife of 32 years. His is survived by Phillip ( Donna), Rodney ( Andrea), Larry ( Donna), Clarissa; his loving wife Janna Magee, Ryan & Shanna; Grandchildren; Jessica ( Benjamin), Rhiannon, Arthur, Sarah, Leslie & Phillip, and 5 Great Grandchildren as well as all of his students that considered him a second father over the years. Sincere appreciation to all the staff at Ambrosio Guillen Texas State Veterans Home Donations to be made to Lydia Patterson Institute.

Visitation will be on Sunday, December 8, 2013 from 2:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. With a 6:00pm vigil at Martin Funeral Home Central. Funeral Mass will be held 9:15am Monday, December 9, 2013 at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church. Burial will follow at Ft. Bliss National Cemetery.


  • Visitation Sunday, December 8, 2013
  • Vigil Sunday, December 8, 2013
  • Funeral Service Monday, December 9, 2013

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Jose Lechuga

February 17, 2014

My heartfelt condolences to the Martinez family. I pray that the Lord will grant them comfort and understanding during this difficult time. Coach Martinez spoke with his heart. He structured me against all odds in the wrong side of society which helped me to reflect on my life and helped me to develop a sharp point of reference to follow during my early stages of adolescence. His philosophy of life was expressed in so many ways! I was very lucky to be able to understand his messages and I sure took advantage of his great wisdom.
I thank him for allowing me to hear his school teachings, basketball coaching and his fierce competitive instinct.

May Coach Martinez rest in heavenly peace.
(I hope that he gets to read this message, and say hi for me to some of his basketball players “Jorge Oria, Lorenzo Tabarez and Carlos Orona”.)

Jose Lechuga
Senior Intelligence Research Specialist
DHS- Homeland Security Criminal Investigations.
Washington, D.C.

Delia Martinez-Snyder

January 5, 2014

Dear Cousins and Aunt Jena. I'm sorry and share your loss, as a true and trying Martinez Uncle Phillip had a beautiful and unique disposition we will all miss dearly. Please accept my heartfelt condolences and pardon my absence. I am currently in Canada and so wish to be there in person to extend this sentiment. Peace Love and tranquility, your loving cousin/niece Delia Martinez

Hugo Lopez

December 11, 2013

Our heartfelt condolences to the Martinez family. We pray that the Lord will grant you comfort and understanding during this difficult time.

javier Delara

December 11, 2013

I will miss coach Martinez very much. Coach Martinez I never told your this, but, you inspired me to do better in life. You once said to me; "Zurdo, (as he used to call me) you can be a little good player". When he told me that, I felt like I could fly. I still remember when I stopped going for basketball practice. He truly was our second father. always looking after us. Coach Martinez i will see you some day. bye. Javier De lara. AKA Zurdo.

Javier De Lara

December 11, 2013

I will miss Coach Martinez very much. he was like my second dad. He use to call me Zurdo. Lydia patterson 1975

Sergio Guerrero Jr.

December 9, 2013

My sincere condolences to the family of Pipo Martinez. I played football and went to high school with Phillip, Rodney and Larry. Your father was one of a kind and our community is better for having had him influence so many young people over the years. May our Good Lord hold him in his hands and grant you all peace and serenity at this difficult time.

December 9, 2013

My condolences to the Martínez family. I remember Pipo from Zavala and Jefferson. He loved sports. from Abelardo Hernández
Omaha, NE.

December 8, 2013

Dear Phillip,Rodney,Larry,and Clarissa
So sorry to hear about the loss of your father. The photo gallery brought back such wonderful memories of Mrs. Martinez and the fun times we shared as youngsters. God bless.
Margie Langford Cano (Pflugerville,Tx.)

December 8, 2013

Mr Martinez: Sorry to hear of your passing. I have pleasant memories of you and the Lydia Patterson Institute. Condolences to your family.
Laura Erives

Mike Casey

December 7, 2013

Mr. Martinez,
Sir, I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for our Country when you served during the Korean War. And to your family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.