January 19, 1930 – November 29, 2019
Jesus Martinez, 89, of Maunabo Puerto Rico, passed away on November 29 peacefully at home.
He is survived by his loving wife Reyna Martinez, his three children, Luis, Jose, and Axel, daughter in laws Jill and Martha, grandchildren James, Jamie, Lisette, Reina, Anthony, Annette, and Tito, and numerous great-grandchildren.
Jesus truly lived life to the fullest, he served proudly in the U.S. Army for over 20 years. He loved cooking for family and friends, making jokes, spending time with family during Christmas was a joy for him. He was so proud of his Puerto Rican heritage. He was a founder member of the Hispanic Cultural Society in Killeen serving as social director and president for many years. He wanted his boys to continue the Puerto Rican traditions.
Jesus was a generous and kind person to those in need, always assisting others that needed his help either financially or physically as long as he could.
He will be deeply missed by his family, friends, and all who knew him.
A viewing is scheduled on Dec. 5th from 6-8pm at Crawford-Bowers Funeral Home with a rosary at 7:00 p.m., a mass service is set for 9:15am on Dec. 6th at St. Joseph Catholic Church on Rancier Ave., following a burial with Full Military Honors at Central Texas State Veterans Cemetery.
- Visitation With Rosary at 7:00 PM Thursday, December 5, 2019
- St. Joseph Catholic Church Friday, December 6, 2019
- Burial @ Central Texas State Veterans Cemetery Friday, December 6, 2019
December 9, 2019
You are dearly missed Pop! I couldn’t have asked for a better more loving and fun Suegro.
I look forward to enjoying the Parrandas in Heaven with you!
Jose & Maritza Melendez
December 6, 2019
Jesus Martinez was our dear friend and when a friend departs a piece of our hearts leaves with him. We will always keep his friendship, his courage, his humbleness, his humanity and the love he shared with all who met him. Jesus you will always be in our minds and hearts. Maritza & Joito
December 5, 2019
My condolences and prayers to the family. Mr. Martinez was such a wonderful, giving, energetic, full of life, and always a happy person (and the list goes on). He will be dearly missed. He always made me laugh and there was never a time that he did not welcome me whenever our paths crossed. May he be looking down on us from Heaven above, continuing to cheer on his loved ones. May he be in peace and enjoying the goodness of being in the presence of our Heavenly Father above, along with all the angels and saints that have gone on before him.
May God comfort and give his precious family peace during this difficult time. May healing come as the days go by remembering all the good times, and that one day they will all meet up again.
James and Adri Martinez
December 4, 2019
Abuelito told me once when I was 8 years old that the only way I was going to find a wife was if I knew how to cook, dance and be assertive, because good women know what they want. Now I am married to the woman of my dreams.
Thank you Abuelito for these words of wisdom and many more...I will miss you!
I will miss your stories Abuelito y las unas cuantas cervecitas que compartíamos juntos. Gracias por el cariño compartido con nosotros.
With all our love.
December 3, 2019
My husband Marco and I are friend's of Jesus's son Axel and his wife Jill. I met Jesus at one of the Parranda's they held. He was full of life and laughter, a really great man. We are saddened by his passing. We are proud of his service to our nation and his love of family. We hug you all. May God bless his soul and may we remember the joy and love he gave to all.
Therese and Marco Rosito
Samuel López Santana
December 3, 2019
Horacio Guaraní decía que, si se calla el cantor, calla la vida... Don Jesús, un jibaro de la Isla mas hermosa del universo. Tocaba la guitarra con las mismas manos que sostenía las cuerdas de la familia entonando las notas de un lelolai taino al ritmo de un aguinaldo tullido de Bomba y Plena. Luchó en selvas ajenas y vivió la vida mas prospera junto a una flor de primavera y a unos retoños inigualables. Soñaba con el regreso a la tierra de Verde Luz de Monte y Mar, hoy la lleva en el alma más allá de este mundo. Algunos dirán que va al descanso y que se desvanecerá como un Soldado viejo; pero en realidad sabemos que desde su puesto de guardia estará vigilante y llevará la tradicional parranda a los coros celestiales. Viejo, ¡la bendición!; espero volvamos a sazonar el tradicional lechón en las altas tierras; Samuel.
December 3, 2019
I have very fond Memories of Mr. Martinez, his Wife & Family!!! May He Rest In Peace and May God be there for Mrs. Martinez, Luis, Jose & Axel as they mourn the loss of this Wonderful man & help them thru the days ahead!!!
My Sincere Condolences go out to this Wonderful Family!!! My Prayers are with you now & always!!!🤗😘🙏
Ana and Leo Quintero
December 2, 2019
Mr. Martinez (Papi) as we used to call him, was like a father to us. My youngest daughter, oldest daughter, my wife and I change military station from Panama to Fort Hood in 1998. We went to Killeen without having any friends and/or family and that’s when we met Papi. He helped us buy our first house, but most of all, he opened his house for us to have a place to live while our house was being build. He made our transitioning smooth as it was the first time that my family was moving to the US. From that moment on we loved him so much that he practically became like a father to us. We will miss you Papi and you will always be in our hearts. Your family that will always love you dearly. The Quintero’s family. 🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼😞
Luis "Chuito" Martinez
December 2, 2019
My father loved festive times with the family. Especially Christmas season. He was the parranda King. He taught me to play the cuatro , Axel on guitar, Jose on the guiro with Martha & Jill singing. He taught us to be proud of our Puerto Rican heritage and proud Americans. To be bold and fight when we had to and to help those who were less fortunate than ourselves. He was loyal to his friends, loving to his family, hard working and loved to enjoy life with his many jokes, not suited minors (LOL). He loved to cook and he was very good at it! He always made sure everyone had plenty to eat and drink. He will be missed greatly. His last lucid moment was smacking my mom on her rear while blowing her a kiss. Great ending fitting of his personality and love for my mom.