Jose "Joe" Martinez

August 9, 1937June 1, 2018

Jose A.G. “Joe” Martinez, 80, of Oneonta passed away Friday, June 1, 2018 at Bassett Hospital surrounded by his loving family. He was born August 9, 1937 in Farjardo, Puerto Rico the son of Eusebia Martinez and Jovito Garcia. In 1955, Joe moved to the United States and settled in the Oneonta area where he began his career as a manager at Rua & Sons Tire in Oneonta. It was there that he met Linda, and the two were united in marriage on July 20, 1968. His business acumen and his talent for sales led him to found Otsego Tires; his many customers knew him as “happy Jose”. After getting out of the tire business, Joe began selling real estate and established Joe Martinez Realty. He sold real estate for many years until retiring due to his health. Realizing that he missed helping people, Joe began working summers at the Cooperstown Dreams Park. He was well know under the dining tent and was especially popular with teams from his native Puerto Rico. Joe is survived by his loving wife, Linda Martinez, Oneonta; three children and their spouses, Carmen (Brian) Williams, Maryland, Alicia (Tom) Fish, Milford and Tony (Michelle) Martinez, Gypsum, CO; six grandchildren, Nathan (Dawn) Williams, Corey (Amber) Williams, Parker and Amanda Fish, and Kiley and Lindsay Martinez; three great grandchildren, Ava, Gabriel and Colton; father-in-law, Olin Waters, Masonville and the entire Waters families; the Wilday family of Cobleskill, his first family in the US, 1 niece, Nelsa Casanova of Amsterdam, NY; and a very special neighbor, Sue Clark, Maryland. He was predeceased by his first wife, Shirley Wilday Martinez. His beautiful blue eyes will be missed by his family and friends. Calling hours will be held on Sunday, June 10, 2018 in the Bookhout Funeral Home, 357 Main Street, Oneonta from 1:00 to 3:00 PM. There will be a celebration of Joe’s life held on Saturday, July 14, 2018 at 4:00 PM at The Cornfield, 655 County Road 26, Fly Creek, New York. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Milford Emergency Squad, Milford, NY or the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society at To light a candle or send the family an online condolence please visit Funeral arrangements are by the Bookhout Funeral Home, Oneonta.


  • Calling Hours Sunday, June 10, 2018
  • Celebration of Life Saturday, July 14, 2018

Jose "Joe" Martinez

have a memory or condolence to add?

Bruce Hollenbeck

June 12, 2018

As a real estate agent I had the pleasure of working with Joe several times. He was truly a nice man. My deepest condolence to his family.

Darci Banner

June 7, 2018

I remember being in my first ever musical at the school and was so nervous to have a solo in the play, Mr. Martinez came up to me afterwards and told me how amazing I did and to keep on singing. He made me feel so confident and I never forgot that! Every time he saw me he would walk up to me with a smile and hug and tell me that he was happy I was his son's friend. I don't know if he ever knew how much I enjoyed every time I saw him! He was truly one of my favorite people! It's been way too long, since I am so far away, but he's always remained in my heart.

Jackie Gleason

June 6, 2018

To Linda and Family
He was a great husband, father,and grandfather,friend. Especially to my son Dennis. Anthony and Dennis gave him LOTS of gray hairs.❤️🙏🏻