Martin "Marty" David Ambriz
December 23, 1952 – June 28, 2020
Marty Ambriz, 67, of Kansas City, Mo., passed away on Sunday, June 28. The son of David Sr. and Eleanor Ambriz, he was born in Glendale, California on December 23, 1952.
Brother to Chris Mitchell (Tom), Becky Turner, Michael Ambriz (Ligaya), Adele Ambriz, Laura Neff, Lisa Miles and David Ambriz, Jr., Marty was always the ultimate big brother; he took the job very seriously, always protecting his siblings. At St. Pius X High school, he lettered in football and wrestling. Marty became an Eagle Scout and member of the Tribe of Mic-O-Say, which had a lifelong impact on his character and love of the outdoors. He took the mottos “On my honor,” and “Be prepared” very seriously, applying them to all aspects of his life.
He met Darlene Piccinini, his “brown-eyed girl,” in 1977, and they eloped to California. He was a “professional” mountain man for three years, while they lived in a cabin on Cobb Mountain. He and Darlene moved back to Kansas City to be near family and start a family of their own. He began his career with the City of Kansas City, which spanned 38 years. He was an engineer tech for the aviation department and a project manager within numerous departments in the city. He received Employee of the Year in Kansas City for his work preserving MCI Airport during the Flood of ’93.
Father of Sarah Fustos (Jacob), Zachary Ambriz (Ashley) and Anthony Ambriz (Zoe Carter), grandfather of Kensley Bolek and Nora Ambriz (and uncle to numerous nieces and nephews). Marty coached his children in baseball and wrestling, and taught them how to enjoy the great outdoors. As a manager, coach or father, he had high expectations of himself, and he excelled at helping others meet those expectations for themselves. He instilled the values he learned from his family; they (and countless others) received a lesson for every situation – whether they asked for it or not! His kids also have fond memories of playing with Dad; he’ll forever be the “Toes-enator.”
In his spare time, Marty enjoyed spending time with his fishing buddies. For more than 30 years, they went on an annual fishing trip to Arkansas to catch trout and roughhouse. He and Darlene started a second era of life in the woods, cultivating a plot of land in southern Missouri, and eventually placing a cabin on the land, complete with running water and electricity. They both want to leave a legacy for their children. He spent a lot of his time visiting with his parents, sharing stories and learning exactly how to make his father’s prized salsa.
Marty and Darlene have been married for 42 years, and they rarely tired of each other’s company. Marty was a man who loved God, Family and Community – in that order. He had a meticulous commitment to all he tackled. When encountering a situation, his sons and their friends would ask themselves, “What Would Marty Do?” All the lessons he has taught his family will stay with them forever. He left a big footprint and it will always be prominent in many people’s lives. “We really, really, really liked him a lot.”
- David Ambriz Sr., Father
- Eleanor Ambriz, Mother
- Darlene (Piccinini) Ambriz, Wife
- Chris (Tom) Mitchell, Sibling
- Becky Turner, Sibling
- Michael (Ligaya) Ambriz, Sibling
- Adele Ambriz, Sibling
- Laura Neff, Sibling
- Lisa Miles, Sibling
- David Ambriz Jr., Sibling
- Sarah (Jacob) Fustos, Daughter
- Zachary (Ashley) Ambriz, Son
- Anthony (Zoe Carter) Ambriz, Son
- Kensley Bolek, Grandchild
- Nora Ambriz, Grandchild
- Marty was also an Uncle to numerous nieces and nephews.
- St Andrew Catholic Church
Mass of Christian Burial (Face Masks Required)
Friday, July 3, 2020
Martin "Marty" David Ambriz
Anita (Barresi) Mathews
July 5, 2020
I also went to St. Pius and knew Marty through my sister. Marty was very respectful, polite and had a beautiful smile. He was just the nicest guy. I am so sorry for your loss. Keep his memories close to your heart. Sincerely, Anita Barresi Mathews
July 3, 2020
I have spent everyday since the day of Marty's passing thinking of the right words, sorting through the many memories I have of him and the Ambriz family...He was so much more than just "Sarah's dad" to me. As a teenager he filled that void in my life where a father should have been. His love, support, words of wisdom, and the way he treated me without judgment was everything I needed as a kid growing up. The lessons he taught Sarah about life and survival and the world- I totally piggybacked off of those it was almost like he was teaching me too. I remember Sarah and I having deep meaningful conversations about life and it was inevitable that one of us would say "well what would/did Marty say or think?" I remember 6 year ago or so taking a boyfriend to meet Marty and Darlene and the way Marty talked to him....made me cry then like it does now. I was just a kid from a bad situation who became best friends with his daughter but he always made me feel welcome and accepted for who I was not where I came from. My heart hurts for the Ambriz family and all that knew Marty. My thoughts and prayers are with you. I still haven't found the words that are on my heart though by the way.
July 3, 2020
I’ll never forget the time Sarah, Amanda and I were headed on our road trip to California right after graduating high school and the car broke down right as we entered Kansas. Marty came to the rescue! He had all of us get in his car while he fixed it and then had us follow him so he could test drive the car before releasing us on our way again. We got separated and realized Marty’s cell phone was also with us. We had no idea how to find him when he didn’t have a phone with him. Three teenagers frantically driving around looking for Marty. All the sudden Sarah gets a call my MY cell phone from Marty. My cell phone had been tucked away in this homemade backseat organizer and not easy to find. I hadn’t even realized I left it! We were all flabbergasted that he found my phone and saved the day once again! And he was cool as a cucumber the whole time.! Thank you Marty! You will be missed dearly.
July 1, 2020
My greatest memories of Marty are during my Holiday visits with he and my sister, Darlene's family. Whether flying in from Florida or driving up with my mom, Marty was always warm and welcoming. He would lead the dinner prayer, play games with the family, carry on an interesting conversation (whether political or philosophical) and slowly slide out of the scene as the hour got late and "us women" we're still up chatting. He was a good husband to my sister and loving father. I figure the Lord probably needed his peaceful spirit during these troubled times. Rest easy Marty, you will be greatly missed.
Vicki Gulotta Kinman
June 30, 2020
I have so many wonderful memories of Marty through our 4 years of highschool we spent together. Meeting Marty freshman year was very exciting for me he was so nice to me. Followed him in wrestling and went to all his matches. I cared very much about Marty and know he will missed by so many. May God watch over you Marty and know that I will always remember you.