Joseph Martinez

January 14, 1948January 12, 2021
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Life Long resident of Fountain, passed away Tuesday, January 12, 2021 at home surrounded by his loving family.

Joe was born in Colorado Springs, CO on January 14, 1948 to Moises and Genoveva (Rivera) Martinez.

He is survived by his loving wife of 46 years Theresa (Salazar), Two daughters Carrie Gilgen (Troy) of Pocatello, ID and Darlene Martinez of Fountain. Six grandchildren – Chanae, Anthony, Isabelle, Sean, Veronica, and Arianna. Four great-grandchildren. Two brothers Cornelio and Clayton and one sister Mary. Several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by a son Damien, his parents and his brother Floyd.

Joe graduated from Fountain Fort Carson High School in 1966. He was an outstanding Football Player. Joe was a Corporal in the United States Marine Corp and served in the Vietnam War. Was wounded in action which earned him the Purple Heart.

He attained a Bachelor of Arts Degree in 1977 from the University of Southern ColoradoHe retired from the Fountain Post Office as a rural carrier after 30 years of service.

Joe was an avid Denver Bronco and Nuggets fan. He enjoyed going for walks with his wife and dogs, Cripple Creek, Camping, Playing Cards and spending time with his family.

We will miss you dearly.

In lieu of flowers please make donations to the American Cancer Society.

A visitation is scheduled 4-6 pm on Thursday, January 21, 2021 with a Rosary service at 6pm, Dove-Witt Family Mortuary, 6630 S U.S. Hwy 85/87, Fountain, CO. 80817

A mass of Christian burial at Saint Dominic’s Catholic Church with interment at Pikes Peak National Cemetery will take place this summer.


  • Moises Martinez, Father (deceased)
  • Genoveva (Riverra) Martinez, Mother (deceased)
  • Theresa (Salazar) Martinez, Wife
  • Carrie Gilgen (Troy), Daughter
  • Darlene Martinez, Daughter
  • Cornelio Martinez, Brother
  • Clayton Martinez, Brother
  • Mary Martinez, Sister
  • Joe is survived by six grandchildren - Chanae, Anthony, Isabelle, Sean, Veronica, and Arianna; as well as four great-grandchildren.


  • Visitation

    Thursday, January 21, 2021

  • Rosary

    Thursday, January 21, 2021


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Darlene Martinez

January 30, 2021

Some friends of my dads and his brother in law

Darlene Martinez

January 30, 2021

Dad and My sister Carrie

Darlene Martinez

January 24, 2021

My Dad was a phenomenal man !!! He was the Breakfast man every morning it never failed it did not matter who you were if you walked in my dads house when he was making breakfast you were also getting breakfast he loved cooking breakfast and soups just cooking for people because it made them happy ..My dad was about making people happy he was friendly , lovable he liked telling jokes and he loved being apart of the games when it came to corn hole or water fights with the kids he was always in on the fun , he brought the fun to every event ,barbecue ,family get together he brought the fun and the smiles ... He was an amazing grandfather to my kids from picking up and taking the kids from school or events , helping with homework , teaching them how to drive or just advice my girls could depend on there Grandpa for everything and anything ...He always was in there corner or at there events ... The things he has done for me since day 1 from fixing my high chair ,wiping my tears , fixing my broken heart and broken car stuff in my house to just listening to me vent and giving me advice and being the only man I could depend on for anything ...I never needed anyone I had my dad and he did everything for me and I will forever be grateful to him for being there for me for teaching me things for all his advice and the awesome jokes and just making me laugh ,oh the laughs and the good times and putting a smile on my face And camping was always the best camping with out not sure if I can do that .... He is an amazing soul and when I’m at my best, I am my dads daughter he engraved his strength and kindness into my soul .. Me and my Girls will never forget him and our hearts will forever miss him ..Rest in Paradise dad I hope the Angels know how lucky they are to have you ....We love you always...

Sheila Bukowski

January 23, 2021

Mr. Martinez was a loving caring person I was honored to know him. He was a awesome person will be missed,
Sheila Reed

Hope (Salazar) Rice

January 23, 2021

Joey was a big part of our family and I shall miss him when I go out to visit. He was a generous man to his family. Summer of 2019 we enjoyed a great barbecue he had for us. We went on trips to Cripple Creek and New Mexico. And he would make a good breakfast, when I would stay with him and Theresa.
Rest in Peace

Carrie Ann Gilgen

January 21, 2021

My Dad, he was such an amazing, smart, loving, and caring man. Growing up, I didn't have the luxury of being with him everyday, our time together was spent during the summers, and Dad made sure, as soon as school let out for summer break, that I was in Colorado that weekend. I looked forward to the beginning of every summer, because I knew I would be able to spend time with him. When I was back in Idaho for the school year, he never failed to call me every Sunday at 6pm. We couldn't talk everyday or even twice a week because back then, long distant phone calls weren't cheap.

I don't have many pictures of me and dad, but I do have the memories of my summers and the time we spent together, and our weekly phone calls. I knew if I needed to talk to him, I could call him (collect 🙂 ) at any time.

When Covid caused him to be hospitalized, I wanted so badly to call him as many times a day as I could, but talking made it hard for him to breathe and it dropped his oxygen levels, so all I could do was call and drive the nurses crazy, checking on him, multiple times a day.

My heart is so broken, and all I want right now is to call my Dad and hear his voice again. And at the same time, I am happy for him, because now he can breathe again without any problems and he is with his parents again, with his son, and with his big brother. He is surrounded by love and he is healthy again.

I love you Dad, with all my heart and I will miss you so much.

Rest in Peace Dad

Moises (Moisitos) Martinez

January 20, 2021

Some of my favorite memories of Uncle Joe was when I was a little boy and I got to play poker with my grandpa and all my uncles and family. My Uncle Joe was a good player as I remember. Also just talking to him and sharing laughs and hearing some of his stories. A true hero and patriot! R.I.P Uncle Joe you will be missed!

Elizabeth Aguirre

January 18, 2021

Joey more like a brother than a brother-in-law.
Always so good to me and my kids. You baby sat my kids and grandkids. Helping me and Theresa take care of mom. I'm gonna miss you at the card table, making your own rules as we play the game. You and Toby playing chess. Breakfast after church. Going to Cripple Creek and remembering the good ole days! And so many more memories.
My most favorite is watching you dance the TWIST! You could TWIST.
What a Prime Example of what Lending a helping hand should look like.

Rest In Peace Joey.

Moises Martinez

January 16, 2021

As our mother and father got old, Joe, you were always there to provide the care they needed. I was proud of you and thankful for the love and care you always gave them. You did this out of love and you did this until they died. Throughout the years we didn't see each other as often as we should have, two or three times a year. We would talk on the phone from time to time. On occasion we would argue over politics – you were a die-hard Republican and I a die-hard Democrat. I shall miss you always! Tell Mom, Dad, and Floyd "Hi" for me.

Once, I Would…Once, I Could

Once, I would play in the rain, and
Run against the wind,

Once I could climb the highest tree,
Until the limb swung back and fourth with me,
From there I could see tomorrow.

Once, I would walk the railroad track,
All the way to the bridge and back,
Daring a train to come along.

Once, I could eat little green apples
Until my stomach ached,
Then do it again, the next day.

Once, I could run forever without
Getting tired.
Only the wind could pass me.

Once, I wasn’t scared of anything
And thought I could do everything!
No one ever died!

Once, I was King of The Hill,
I was invincible.

Moises Cornelio Martinez

Chanee Potter

January 16, 2021

I found my Grampo Joe on Google maps.


Joey at the slots


Thanksgiving Dinner with family 2019


Theresa and Joe after Denver Nuggets game


Joey and Darlene again


Kayla and Dad (Joseph Martinez)


Grandpa Joe and Marley


Grandpa Joe and Zen


Family dinner


Dad at rifle falls taking it all in


Darlene,Joe(dad) and Carrie