Palm Memorial - Sierra Chapel

49269 Road 426, Oakhurst, CA


Richard Francis MARTEL

April 23, 1943December 5, 2019

Richard Francis MARTEL was born on April 23, 1943 and passed away on December 5, 2019.


Richard Francis MARTEL

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Angel Williams

December 9, 2019

Rick I will miss you here on this earth but will be together for eternity. You were such a beautiful person. You left me a beautiful daughter Leslie that I call Little One that I adore. So happy that we were bonded by knowing Christ as our personal Savior. I love you and will continue to pray for your family which you adored. Love you Tommy, Leslie Ava. Love, Angel. RIP Resurrected In Power.

Glen and Eva Nelson

December 9, 2019

Rick was always such a kind and friendly neighbor. We are all really going to miss him! Condolences to his much loved family.

Shirley McNiel

December 9, 2019

Remember when you and your pops were at TJmax Shopping with your Dad
Maybe 5 years ago
I thought what a kind man kind and
loving man
Your pops was one of a kind
He will be watching over you

Fabio Ignesti

December 9, 2019

Rest in peace

Cindi Kane

December 8, 2019

Occasionally staying with Rick and Yvette as a young teen, I adored watching them jive. It felt like they were playing house, they had so much fun. Rick will be missed by many. My deepest sympathy to his (and my) family.

Amber Guillen

December 8, 2019

I met Rick when I used to hang out at the house with my friend Leslie during the early 80s. Rick was fun and happy whether his house was full of silly girls at a sleep over or on quiet mornings when I was the only guest. Though it has been more than 35 years since we spent time together, it feels like it was just yesterday that Rick, Leslie and I were laughing at some joke in the backyard. Rick cared about life and loved his family. His passing has brought tears to my eyes and a lump in my throat. To a fine man that I hope to meet up with again someday in Heaven. God bless you Rick!

Julie Spencer

December 8, 2019

I have been blessed to know Rick Martel through my life-long friendship with his daughter, Leslie. As a teen I spent a lot of time at the Martel house, and Rick always made me feel at home. Leslie and I played our music way too loud and giggled all night long, but Rick never told us to settle down. I think he really loved knowing that we were having a great time! Rick always had a twinkle in his eye and a great big smile on his face! Rick was so easy to talk to— and his voice!! Smooth as butter!! I just loved every conversation with him. Rick was also a world-class flirt— which made talking with him so delightful!! Even through his health challenges, he never lost his charm. Every single memory I have of this sweet man is full of love and happiness. I am so blessed to have such fond memories of this great man. He will never be forgotten. ❤️

Denise Johnson

December 8, 2019

You will be dearly missed Rick, so sad to see you go. Even though we didn’t see each other often, you were always in my thoughts. You were a special man and I thank Marie for bringing you into my life. Godspeed and Rest In Peace dear man.

Sid Lanier

December 8, 2019

My cousin by marriage, my Brother forever. I will miss you my friend, brother, counselor. Our high country offroad coffee trips and a year living together did nothing more than draw us closer together and I already miss calling you and talking like we just saw each other yesterday though years have gone between visits.
The heartbroken live on and our memories are the sweetness we receive in place of your beautiful chortle.....I love you Rick

Matthew Winkle

December 8, 2019

I met Rick when I showed up to take his daughter, Leslie Harkenrider, to our Junior High School Dance. He was sweet, but imposing. I’m guessing at 13 years old it was a first for ALL of us. However, Rick trusted me with Leslie and that’s why Les and Rick and Bev and I were friends over the years. Although I didn’t know him like I should, he was the exact father you’d want to meet at 13 years old. He was cool, he was kind, and was equally cautious. But, more than anything, he let me take his daughter out for a dance. And thus, a lifetime of memories were born. Godspeed from our family to yours, Richard Francis Martel. XO