Leroy L. Martinez

January 17, 1943November 7, 2013
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Leroy, 70, of Milliken passed away peacefully in the comfort of his own home on November 7th after a yearlong battle with cancer. He was born in Questa, New Mexico in 1943. Leroy, along with his four sisters, three brothers, mother and father, moved to Milliken at the young age of 4, where the family farmed and raised milk cows. Leroy attended schools in the Milliken area, where he met and eventually married his childhood sweetheart, Hilda Martin del Campo on November 23, 1963 at Our Lady of Peace Catholic Church in Greeley.

Preceded in death by his son, Little Leroy, both his parents, E.M. and Mable Martinez and brother, Orlando Martinez. Survivors are his wife of 50 years, Hilda; three children, Lucy (Eddie) Cardona of Johnstown, Arnold (Susan) Martinez of Broomfield and Yvette Martinez of Denver; grandkids, Liz, Rylee, Morgan, Cory, Tyrone, Clayton, Breanna and Jacob and great-grandkids, Malaya, Ozhean, Gabriel, Treyson and Zayden.

Leroy traveled to various states for seven years, working in construction and operating heavy equipment. Once his children were school ages he got a stationary job as the Director of Public Works in Milliken for 30 years. He also served as a volunteer fireman and chief for 15 years. After retiring he worked various construction jobs and continued to assist the town with odds and ends. In 2001, he was the honored citizen in the Milliken Beef and Bean Parade, this past August he was honored as the Grand Marshal.

In his younger days, he enjoyed playing softball with his traveling team, the fireman races, truck pulling and riding his Harley. His favorite pastimes were hunting, camping and fishing. Leroy loved to entertain, always making sure everyone was fed. He was caring, loving, giving and compassionate. He will be greatly missed.

Visitation will be held from 5:00-7:00 p.m. Thursday, November 14, 2013 at Stoddard Funeral Home. Funeral service will be at 2:00 p.m. Friday, November 15, 2013 at Grace Community Church, Johnstown. Interment Johnstown Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Milliken Volunteer Fire Department in care of Stoddard Funeral Home, 3205 West 28th Street, Greeley, Colorado 80634.

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  • Funeral Service Friday, November 15, 2013

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Jenny Thomas-Briggs

November 15, 2013

My heart aches. Lots of love and wishes for harmony. Your are an amazing family and Leroy a wonderful man, father, uncle, friend ... I feel blessed to have had the opportunity to know him and all of you.

Martha Newcomb

November 14, 2013

Hilda, and your family, I am truly sorry for your loss ! Leroy was a wonderful man! all of my love and prayers to you and your family.

November 13, 2013

We are so sorry, our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Jim and Julie Kauffman

Cherie Teter

November 13, 2013

I am sorry for your loss.Our prayers, thoughts, and hugs are with you.

November 13, 2013

Our thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. You and Leroy were very good neighbors to my mother Elmira and he was always there to help out when she needed snow shoveled or something fixed. May his soul rest in God's Peace. My deepest sympathy to you and your family. Lily Martinez and family.

Ramona Lopez (Rodriguez)

November 13, 2013

So sorry for your loss! Praying for comfort for you!

November 13, 2013

I am sorry for the family's loss. I will always remember him as a good man and father - Al Perez.

November 12, 2013

Compadre Leroy, like grandma Martinez use to say to you,"Vaya bendito de dios mijo"Comadre Hilda and family my deepest sympathy. Alice Vigil.

Charlotte Yost

November 12, 2013

My thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort.

Kevin & Natalie Ott

November 11, 2013

Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. May you find comfort in God and each other. Also in knowing Leroy's legacy lives on in each of you.