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Martin Tomas Gonzales

June 4, 1930November 5, 2020
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Martin Tomas Gonzales, age 90, of Henderson, Nevada, passed away peacefully at home, on Thursday, November 5, 2020. He was born June 4, 1930 in Las Vegas, New Mexico to his parents Martin Gonzales and Albinita Gutierrez. Martin was raised with three siblings: Andrea, Carmen and Dennis. Due to the depression, Martin left home at age 10 to work in a tomato factory in Rocky Ford, Colorado. He worked in various jobs throughout his youth until returning to New Mexico where he enlisted in the U.S. Army, with the approval of his father.

Martin served honorably in the U.S. Army during Korea. Private Gonzales was wounded in action in both legs which forced a medical discharge from active duty. For his heroism, private Gonzales was awarded multiple Purple Heart Medals, Korean Service Medals and the Army Occupation Ribbon.

Martin relocated back to Colorado where he was working at the steel mill. He met the love of his life, Mary Louise Sandoval. the couple were married in 1954 in New Mexico. The young couple then relocated to Nevada where Martin accepted at job at the Timet plant as a lead Machine Operator in Henderson, Nevada. Martin worked for Timet for 44 years, until retiring in 1994.

Martin was a loving husband, father, grandfather who was devoted to his family, and his faith. He enjoyed spending time with his family, watching Boxing on T.V. and supporting the local Vegas Golden Knights Hockey team. He was an active parishioner for over 65 years at St. Peter the Apostle Roman Catholic Church in Henderson, Nevada, and a life-time member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars organization.

Martin was very sociable and could blend in without effort into any social group. Assertive and outgoing; Martin, throughout his life made many friends. While growing up, two of his best friends were Benny Gallegos and Willie Garcia. Later in life, he became friends with Joe Medina, Joe Jaramillo, Steve Lucero, Raymond Trujillo, Willie Null, Joe Alirez, Harold Gonzales.

Martin loved to travel. Favorite vacations included Road Trips to Albuquerque, New Mexico, Las Vegas, New Mexico, Pueblo, Colorado, Disneyland, Branson, Missouri, Wyoming, Panguitch America, and Oregon.

Martin was a lover of animals and cherished his pets. Snowy, a Jackrussell, was a best friend for 6 years. His family was rounded out by his Snoopy, Peaches, Buster, Peanut, and Bubbles.

When Martin's retirement finally came in 1994, he was enthusiastic about what life had to offer. His new life involved taking trips to see family and spending time with grandchildren. After the passing of his wife of 49 years, Mary; Martin met Pat Gurule, his companion for 16 years. Martin continued to stay in touch with his old friends and like always, made plenty of new ones. One of his last and greatest hoorah's was getting 86'd out of a bar in Henderson at the age of 89. Something the family will never forget.

He is survived by children: Sandra (Les), Bernadette (Ed), Christine, Sinda (Sheila), Anita, and Felicia (Victor); nine grandchildren: Stephen (Renee), Sandra (John), Trinidad (Brandon), Eddie, Charmaine, Nicholas, Nathan (Trish), Justin (Leti), Alexa; great-grandchildren: Trey, Anthony, Austin, Marissa, Johnny (Faith), Kaden, Keegan, Brea, Julia, Justin, Nathan, Fabian, Anikka, Brandin, Gabriel, Ella, Vincent, Evangeline, Thaddeus, Veda, Tristan, Benjamin, Aaliyah, and Adelaide; and companion, Pat.

Services were held at Palm Boulder Highway Mortuary. Martin was laid to rest in Southern Nevada Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Boulder City, Nevada.

There was always a certain style and inventiveness to Martin. He was a dynamic, self-expressive person who was forever looking to celebrate the endless possibilities life had to offer. He had a knack for being clever, creative and witty, and for others, was a joy to be around. While he was often fiercely independent, it seemed as if many others looked to Martin Gonzales for inspiration, leadership, wisdom and even courage. Martin was always more than willing to share life’s experiences with his loved ones.

A visitation for Martin will be Wednesday, November 25, 2020 from 9:00 AM to 10:00 AM. Funeral services begin at 10:00 AM, both at Palm Boulder Highway Mortuary, 800 South Boulder Highway, Henderson, Nevada 89015. Martin will be laid to at the Southern Nevada Veteran's Memorial Cemetery, 1900 Veteran's Memorial Drive, Boulder City, NV 89005.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.palmboulderhighway.com for the Gonzales family.

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Boulder City, Nevada 89005

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Patricia Korshalla

November 23, 2020

Charmaine invited me to spend Thanksgiving dinner with her family several years ago. As family and friends arrived, the love for Mr. Gonzales was evident as each person greeted him first, with a warm hug and a kiss. What a beautiful scene to witness, and a testament to the place he held in everyone’s heart. May he rest in peace.

tina salazar/leblanc

November 23, 2020

My memory of Mr. Gonzales was his smile which was contagious ...his smile just made me smile. Just thinking about him right now puts a smile on my face...just being in the same room made me happy. What a handsome man . I loved his hair, and just forever I will remember that smile.

Eusebio Fierros

November 22, 2020

My name eusebio fierros l work with martin few years and he always made me laugh and he always was talking to everybody and he was funny and making jokes an he knew when I had a bad day or something told me what's wrong you to quiet. I talk he listen and after I felt a lot better that l always will remembered about him he was a good man I'll miss him he had a goof heart

Melissa Cadena

November 22, 2020

I had an opportunity to meet this wonderful man again as an adult. My parents, Manuel and Stella Cadena came to visit me. My dad asked if we could stop and see his cousin; Tomas. I put into play this chain reaction. I sent a message to my Cousin Lorraine, she then replied back with a message and 10 minutes later we dropped by. It was nice to be reminded of his life while there to laugh and relive memories! All my blessings and love to your family. Heaven gained another Angel. ♡, Melissa A. Cadena

Sarah Baca-Schneider

November 22, 2020

I just want to say how much your dad meant to my mom. Everyone here loved him and will miss him greatly. He was so very proud of his family and the love you shared. He treasured all the gatherings there, here in NM and in Colorado! God bless you Tomas, you were one of a kind. I'm glad you and mama had 16 years together. Thank you all for making my mama feel welcome.

Sarah

justina finn

November 22, 2020

My cousins,
My deepest condolences for uncle, he left you all an awesome legacy! The video is beautiful! My love to all of you! May uncle rest in peace!
Ina

Justina Finn

November 22, 2020

Uncle Tomas,
May you rest in peace! Great memories that will always be cherished. Thank you for always letting me stay at the house for the summers! You were my hero, serving in one of the most brutal wars in history and surviving it! Two-time Purple Heart recipient, what an honor and I'm sure your fellow soldiers never forgot! I loved you uncs and will miss you forever thank you for the memories!
La Ina

Eloise Neumiller

November 21, 2020

My sincere condolences to all of the Gonzales family. I am honored to have known your dad. He was a very special person who endured so many trials throughout his lifetime and always kept his faith in God. I loved hearing all the stories and experiences that he lived through. I loved it when he said “I’ve had a good life” which he truly did, he was one of the best. He was a hard worker with high standards and values he and your mother raised a wonderful family. Your dad was a true hero. I know how much you all loved him and will all miss him. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.
Love, Lolly.

Sheila Marie Bayson

November 21, 2020

Mr Gonzales,
You always told me to drop the Mr. but out of respect I could not. You were so kind to me, and always said funny things to maKe me laugh.

I’ll miss those times that I came over to the house to give you your mani & pedi, you were my one and only customer and you were the best customer.

I wish that I would have visited you more often, for that I am truly sorry. Mr Gonzales I will always have fond memories of you that I’ll cherish forever.

Thank you for being so kind to me and welcoming me into your family I love you and will miss you always.

Sincerely
Sheila M. Bayson

Rudy Finn

November 21, 2020

And survived by his loving sis n law Lorraine Jacques, who was like his lil sista, bro Hawk loving nephews who were like sons Rudy n Leonard nieces Justina n Lisa! Sis Gloria n bro Ben Giron, Giron familys , sis Frances Sandoval n all the Sandoval family! And many more nephes nieces, great nices n neohews who loved him so! We love you Uncle Tomas! Rest in PEACE! N may the perpetual light SHINE upon you!! Love your nephew, USAF Sgt, Rudy Finn NEVA FORGET your Sandoval familia! Lol!

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