Elzey-Patterson-Rodak Home for Funerals

6810 Old Trail Road, Fort Wayne, IN


Jack Russell Martinez

December 1, 1954August 15, 2020

Jack Russell Martinez, 65, passed away on Saturday, August 15, 2020 at Parkview Regional Medical Center. He was born December 1, 1954 in Chicago, Illinois. Jack worked in the Parts Department for Thunderbird Products in Decatur. He also enjoyed playing guitar and being a member of the band, Exploit, for eight years. Surviving are his children, Brooke Martinez of Fort Wayne, Teya Martinez of Fort Wayne, and Neo Martinez of New Haven; grandson, Zachary Marbach of Fort Wayne; siblings, Brad Buckner of Knoxville, TN and Sally Buckner of Bluffton; cousin and family, Janet Hroch of Greencastle, IN; and niece, Kat Wisniewski of Chicago. He was preceded in death by his son, Ian Martinez; mother figure, Gloria Buckner; and brother, Bruce Buckner. A time of visiting and sharing for Jack will be held Friday, August 21, 2020 from 3:00 PM to 8:00 PM at Elzey-Patterson-Rodak Home for Funerals, 6810 Old Trail Road, Fort Wayne, Indiana 46809. Contributions in Jack's memory may be made to Music Education at Sweetwater. Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.elzey-patterson-rodakfuneralhome.com for the Martinez family.


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Will Vidal

September 17, 2020

I was 15 years old when I first met Jack. He was 19. Jack was playing with my brothers, guitarist Jesse & Rick on bass. The band was called Chavalos and younger brother “Billy” was a good and cheap roadie. This was 1974.
I didn't end up playing in a band with Jack, our buddy Brian, and Jesse, until ‘89 or ‘90. What a guitarist and vocalist! I wasn’t blessed with that voice, but blessed to know him.
I never knew Jack could cook, and was a great cook. It shouldn’t surprise me though, being half Puerto Rican.
Well, maybe my dear friend and brother, Jack, wouldn’t mind cooking up some spicy food in The Great Beyond for my Dad, brother Rick, and his son Ian with the beautiful, red hair.

Kevin Grant

August 24, 2020

I worked with Jack at Thunderbird for several years. Although I was never in a Band with Jack, I jammed with him a few times. Godspeed Jack. Until we meet again...

Derek Solomon

August 22, 2020

Jack was a great man a will be extremely missed!!! I will not only miss him, but also his friendship, his guitar skills, and him singing used to be my girl for me at all the exploit gigs! A great man and gone way too soon!!

Steve Lunn

August 22, 2020

Sorry to hear of Jacks passing. He was a cool guy and a fantastic guitarist, one of the best around. I have always looked up to him and always will.

Steve Windmiller

August 20, 2020

Jack and I go back over 40 years when he was in a band called Tuloma. Although I haven’t seen him for some time, I’ve thought of him often. We had a lot of fun during our “misspent youth” and I will miss him. Jack was an honorable and trustworthy friend, the best of friends.

Kat Wisniewski

August 20, 2020

Jack was my birth mother's brother and we were put in touch through Janet Schumacher.

More than an uncle, Jack instantly became a best friend and someone I could share anything with. When you spoke to him, you always knew you had his full attention, because he was present in every moment he would spend with you.

He was a great cook, amazing musician, and fiercely dedicated to his family and friends.

I looked forward to every conversation and bit of advice he'd share. When I'd call, he always would say "there's my favorite niece" and I'd respond "and you're my favorite uncle". I was also an advisor for him, when he'd share some very difficult times he was going through. We ended every call with "I love you".

He and my husband, both musicians, were instantly friends and I'll never forget then jamming in our living room for hours, trying to teach each other cool guitar riffs.

I am heartbroken he is gone. He is someone whose mere existence made the world better. He cared so much about everyone around him.

I love you uncle Jack.

Paula Jo Taylor

August 19, 2020

I met Jack years ago and he was one of the nicest people I have ever known. I remember when he played with the band Laredo and was featured on our TV show that my dad, Joe Taylor and I hosted back in the early 80's. I also saw Jack many times and even played his guitar whenever I would come home and sit in with John Curran's band. Jack was a gentleman and a fine musician and he will be greatly missed. Jack, I know you are playing along side my dad with the all star heavenly band now. May you fly with the angels.

X=Cindi Rogers

August 19, 2020

I am one of the luckiest women ever. I had the sheer joy of having this beautiful man for a son-in-law and also the father of my two grandchildren. Enjoy your time with Ion now. I love you Jack. Always have...always will.

Paul Baransy

August 19, 2020

As a trumpet player in Exploit Deluxe I had the opportunity to play with jack several times. Wish I had got to know him better. He will certainly be missed not only by the Exploit guys but the entire Ft Wayne music community. Paul baransy


August 19, 2020

I was in a band with him back in Decatur in the 70's. great guitar player and singer. I believe our name was Machine Gun. John Miller on Drums, Me on Bass, and I can't remember the other guitarist, May have been Brad Buckner. A great memory of mine a special place in my life. Rest in Peace Jack !


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