OBITUARY

Victor Manuel Martinez Sr.

October 3, 1922February 13, 2021
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Victor M. Martinez, Sr., patriarch, husband, devoted father and WWII Air Force veteran, passed away from natural causes at age 98 on February 13, 2021. He was a lifelong El Pasoan, a 1941 top 10 graduate of Bowie High School where he received five athletic letters and was all-district in football and team captain in 1940. That same year, he became the first in El Paso to break the standing 5 minute time in the mile run In January 1941 he enlisted in the US Army Air Force. Always looking for opportunities to better himself, he became a certified airplane mechanic, then crew chief mechanic, earning the rank of Staff Sergeant. As an Army Air Force cadet he trained as a pilot, then shifted his focus to being a certified aerial engineer in a B-24 bomber. He received four battle citations for the following Campaigns: Rome-Arno, Po Valley, North Apennines Mountains, and Rhineland. While stationed in Italy in 1945, he recounted the last year of World War II in his daily diary which the family has preserved. Returning home, he married Berta Valdés in 1948 and they were blessed with seven children: Sandra Valdés (James Vasquez), Teresa Parr, Yolanda Martinez, Victor Martinez, Jr. (Christina), Maria Marta Rojas, Carlos Martinez (Mary), and Cristina Valdés. He worked as a home builder, and in 1954 through the GI Bill, earned a BBA in Accounting from Texas Western College and then an MBA degree from the University of Texas at El Paso in 1976. Both Victor and Berta instilled in their children the value of education. After 30 years with the El Paso Natural Gas Company, he retired in May 1983. His dream job was retirement and he was able to do that 8 years longer than his time as a company man. Always health conscious, Vic was dedicated to his avena, pan dulce, elk meat and exercise routines. An avid outdoorsman, he would hitch a trailer to his Ford Bronco or Cadillac and spend two weeks every year vacationing with the family, or with his buddies hunting elk in Colorado, deep sea fishing in Baja, or angling for trout at Big Lake in Arizona. Driving back from Austin in 1996, Berta and Victor suffered extensive injuries in a car accident that left Berta paralyzed. He would spend the next 12 years, until her passing, as her devoted caregiver and companion. He is the proud grandson of General Toribio Ortega, Chihuahua’s hero during the Mexican Revolution of 1910. He republished Toribio Ortega y La Brigada González Ortega then translated it into English and published that as well. He is preceded in death by his parents, Adolfo and Francisca; siblings Yolanda, Adolfo, Jacobo; his daughter Maria Marta “Marty”. He is survived by his brother Oscar Martinez and sister Carolina Pérez (Luis). And by 14 grandchildren, 12 great grandchildren, and numerous nephews and nieces. Special thanks to Don Victor’s caregivers: Mitch Ayala, Josefina, Cuca, and Tender Care Home Health and Hospice. Visitation will begin at 9:00am Tuesday, February 23 with Rosary at Funeraria Del Angel Central, 3839 Montana, followed by a memorial service. Graveside service with military honors at 12:00pm at Mt. Carmel Cemetery.

  • FAMILY

  • Adolfo Martinez, Father (deceased)
  • Francisca Ortega Martinez, Mother (deceased)
  • Berta Valdés Martinez, Wife
  • Sandra Valdés (James Vasquez), Daughter
  • Teresa Parr, Daughter
  • Yolanda Martinez, Daughter
  • Victor Martinez Jr. (Christina Martinez), Son
  • Maria Marta Rojas, Daughter (deceased)
  • Carlos Martinez (Mary Martinez), Son
  • Cristina Valdés, Daughter
  • Oscar Martinez, Brother
  • Carolina Pérez (Luis Pérez), Sister
  • He is survived by his 14 grandchildren, 12 great grandchildren, and numerous nephews and nieces.


    He is also preceded in death by his siblings Yolanda, Adolfo, and Jacobo.

Services

  • Visitation

    Tuesday, February 23, 2021

  • Vigil

    Tuesday, February 23, 2021

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  • Graveside Service

    Tuesday, February 23, 2021

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Louie Munoz

February 20, 2021

I had the pleasure of working with Mr. Martinez at El Paso Natural Gas Company in the early 1970's. Victor would tell about his time on a B24 during WW II. He had an incredible sense of humor and always saw the humor side of life. Victor encouraged me to further my education and would tell that there would be obstacles along the way but that's what they were and that I would find a way around them. I even went hunting with him and learned a lot about gun safety. When I was a law student and had an obstacle along the way, I would remember my friend, Victor's advice. A few years ago, Victor, Gilbert Frausto and I met for lunch and and he told me he was proud of me. I will forever keep his words and advice and have passed it to my sons. My dear friend, Rest in Eternal Peace. Louie Munoz, J.D.

Ernesto Valenzuela Martinez

February 16, 2021

Victor, my sincerest sympathies to you and your family. My father forwarded your Facebook post regarding the Celtic saying about the bees. It touched him as it does me. Thank you for sharing. Un abrazo fuerte a ti y tu familia.

John Fuerst

February 15, 2021

Dear Cristy, Vic, Sandy, Yoya, Terry, and Carlos -

I am so very sorry to hear of your dad's passing. Losing a parent can feel like a part of you has been lost and can be so darn unsettling ... in predictable ways and when least suspected. Sending energy and light to each of you.

Your dad ... wow ... where to start and where to end ..?
He sometimes seemed simultaneously complex and simple.
His life experiences were so darn amazing, varied, and challenging.
His accomplishments and talents were far beyond ordinary.
His silence didn't suggest a lack of consideration or interest ... as evidenced by his concise comments.
His smile and laughs were always pure and from the heart.
It was clear to me that his greatest joy occurred when surrounded by his family.
Each of you carry the very best of him.

Sending much love and remembering your dad!

Luis Rojas

February 14, 2021

Love you Grandpa. My favorite memory is seeing my Grandpa wake up early in the mornings to go swimming because it taught me to be conscious of my routines and health.

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Wedding Picture of Adolfo and Francisca Martinez
Parents of Victor

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Francisca Ortega Martinez
Mother of Victor

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Victor Martinez (1 1/2 years old) and Sister Yolanda

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Victor as Ringbearer

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Wedding Picture of Adolfo and Francisca Martinez
Parents of Victor

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Francisca Ortega Martinez
Mother of Victor

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Victor Martinez (1 1/2 years old) and Sister Yolanda

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Victor as Ringbearer

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Biography

Victor M. Martinez, Sr., patriarch, husband, devoted father and WWII Air Force veteran, passed away from natural causes at age 98 on February 13, 2021. He was a lifelong El Pasoan, a 1941 top 10 graduate of Bowie High School where he received five athletic letters and was all-district in football and team captain in 1940. That same year, he became the first in El Paso to break the standing 5 minute time in the mile run

In January 1941 he enlisted in the US Army Air Force. Always looking for opportunities to better himself, he became a certified airplane mechanic, then crew chief mechanic, earning the rank of Staff Sergeant. As an Army Air Force cadet he trained as a pilot, then shifted his focus to being a certified aerial engineer in a B-24 bomber. He received four battle citations for the following Campaigns: Rome-Arno, Po Valley, North Apennines Mountains, and Rhineland. While stationed in Italy in 1945, he recounted the last year of World War II in his daily diary which the family has preserved.

Returning home, he married Berta Valdés in 1948 and they were blessed with seven children: Sandra Valdés (James Vasquez), Teresa Parr, Yolanda Martinez, Victor Martinez, Jr. (Christina), Maria Marta Rojas, Carlos Martinez (Mary), and Cristina Valdés.

He worked as a home builder, and in 1954 through the GI Bill, earned a BBA in Accounting from Texas Western College and then an MBA degree from the University of Texas at El Paso in 1976. Both Victor and Berta instilled in their children the value of education. After 30 years with the El Paso Natural Gas Company, he retired in May 1983. His dream job was retirement and he was able to do that 8 years longer than his time as a company man. Always health conscious, Vic was dedicated to his avena, pan dulce, elk meat and exercise routines.

An avid outdoorsman, he would hitch a trailer to his Ford Bronco or Cadillac and spend two weeks every year vacationing with the family, or with his buddies hunting elk in Colorado, deep sea fishing in Baja, or angling for trout at Big Lake in Arizona.
Driving back from Austin in 1996, Berta and Victor suffered extensive injuries in a car accident that left Berta paralyzed. He would spend the next 12 years, until her passing, as her devoted caregiver and companion.

He is the proud grandson of General Toribio Ortega, Chihuahua’s hero during the Mexican Revolution of 1910. He republished Toribio Ortega y La Brigada González Ortega then translated it into English and published that as well.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Adolfo and Francisca; siblings Yolanda, Adolfo, Jacobo; his daughter Maria Marta “Marty”. He is survived by his brother Oscar Martinez and sister Carolina Pérez (Luis). And by 14 grandchildren, 12 great grandchildren, and numerous nephews and nieces.

Special thanks to Don Victor’s caregivers: Mitch Ayala, Josefina, Cuca, and Tender Care Home Health and Hospice.

Visitation will begin at 9:00am Tuesday, February 23 with Rosary at Funeraria Del Angel Central, 3839 Montana, followed by a memorial service. Graveside service with military honors at 12:00pm at Mt. Carmel Cemetery.