Bert Martinez

November 18, 1958February 16, 2021
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On November 18th, 1958, in Oakland, CA, the world welcomed Bertha Elizabeth Martinez. 

Bert and her brother Wayne grew up in Sweet Home, OR with their parents Wayne and Marsha Martinez. She attended Linn Benton Community College, and transferred to Trinity Bible College in ND on a basketball scholarship.

After college Bert worked at Volkswagen for a short time, then pursued a short employment with Walsh Construction. She would later find her forever home with R&H Construction for 35 years. She loved her forever home. She retired last November 18th, 2020 as Senior Project Manager of the Financial Institutions Group.

A strong supporter of women in the trades, Bert recognized, trained, and mentored talent, pushing her people to be the best SHE knew they could be -- to be BETTER than THEY thought they could be.

Bert was a HUGGER! After she hugged you once you looked forward to the next time. Bert broke down walls and built bridges in their place.  She was blessed with two loving partnerships, with Katie and then Diana. And she had the good fortune to mother two spectacular daughters, Madison and Amiya. She had an amazing group of nephews and nieces that she will miss immensely, she will be keeping an eye on all of them. She loved everybody's kids and everybody's kids loved Bert.

Bert had a lot of animal friends, and she rescued many neglected creatures from tough situations. She was a huge fan of the Portland Thorns and the Oakland Raiders, enjoyed golf, and loved to FISH. 

Bert had so many strengths, talents, abilities -- and the greatest of these is LOVE. It was her superpower, she used that power for GOOD. 

On February 16, 2021, with Wayne, Katie, Kim, and Pam beside her, Bert left this world. She went to Heaven -- and she’s saving seats for EVERYBODY.


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Dolores Foglio

February 28, 2021

Bert, I will always remember your warmth, sincerity, fun-loving spirit, and your beautiful smile! Your spirit lives on in the hearts and minds of those who were blessed to know you!
Your caregivers, Pam, Kim and Wayne, did you proud, Bert. I've never seen someone so close to death that looked so comfortable, peaceful and so radiant. They didn't leave you for even a moment, and during my visit I could feel the love that surrounded you! You died the way you lived...with dignity and grace. Now you are in the arms of our creator and those loved ones who were there to meet you...You are whole, pain-free, and watching over us all...thank you Bert for sharing your friendship and fun- loving spirit with me and my family! You will be remembered well.

Kimberly Johnson

February 27, 2021

Oh sweet Bertina...I’m so blessed to have been able to spend time with your sweet spirit. Because of you I was able to be who God made me to be and not be ashamed. I love your optimism.. Even a couple months ago when you were at your worst you said to me..” Remember Kimmy God is always good.”❤️I pray that you’re smiling in heaven when realizing how many people you have touched in your life on earth. I can’t wait to see you in heaven and I will fish in honor of you! Maybe you could help me catch the big one 😉I’ll catch you on the flipside Bertina🥰 Love you always😢

Kim Bourgeois

February 27, 2021

Thank you for always being there for me. You where a great mentor and and even better friend. Loved our times fishing camping and especially Mexico vacation.
I know that smile will always be right beside me to guy me when I need it.
I love and miss you my friend.

Jack Burgoyne

February 27, 2021

I met Bert early in her construction career. We went from a work relationship to a personal friendship. We talked fishing and farming. I was so proud of her advancement in the construction industry, knowing the obstacles she would surely face. So glad we were able to visit by telephone a few months ago. Bert you will be sorely missed.
My sincere condolences to the family.
Jack Burgoyne
Jack's Overhead Door.

Jared Johnson

February 27, 2021


We had so many good times, you will forever be missed. I am so glad I had the opportunity to know you and share the time we spent together!

Jack Schulfer

February 26, 2021

Although I only knew you for a short period of time, you became a good friend. You will be missed.
May you rest in peace.

Teresa Carlsen

February 26, 2021

Bert was a beloved neighbor who lived directly across from my Mother, Lila McKay. Over the years, Bert and my Mother became much more than just neighbors but also friends. Bert was always willing to share her expertise on home DIY projects & once even figured out how to fix the pump on her well so water continued to flow to the house. They shared many meals together, and I'm told Bert's barbecue was the best ! As years went by, my Mother's health declined, and Bert always seemed to be in the right place at the right time to prevent a trip to the hospital or worse, then giving me a call to, as my Mother would say, tattle on her when she wasn't doing so well. My Mother passed on Jan 2, 2019 and I know she was right there to be with Bert as she left our world. I'm sure the two of them had a happy reunion together in heaven. I grew to love Bert as my Mother did and will truly miss her ! Teresa Carlsen
This photo was displayed in my Mother's kitchen for many years Left to Right: Lila McKay, Bert Martinez, Jan Melcher.

Kathy Martinez

February 25, 2021

I have known Bert since I was a kid. We have spent many weekends together. Bert was my rock when her brother Wayne was sick. She is a sister to me and more. We got tattoos together and shopping. She laughed with me and cried. Always accepted me just the way I was and never judged me. I will miss her soo very much. No more pain and we shall be together again.

John Krieg

February 25, 2021

Rest in Peace Bert
You were an amazing PERSON and friends to all, I enjoyed our days working together on many building projects and Paint projects, you were a great project manager, will be missed. Also you were a great Fisher woman, I enjoyed our many trips on the rivers through the years, you were great and always a barrel of fun.

Thanks for being my friend through the years.

John Krieg Formally... Owner Don Rhyne Painting

Connie Ashbrook

February 22, 2021

Bert was an inspiration to me and to all women who worked in the trades. This photo of her and Ev was in an 1989 Oregonian article that inspired me to work to make sure more women got the opportunity to have the wages, benefits and satisfying work that the trades offer. Now, Oregon's construction industry is about 6.7% women, still more needed to achieve equity, but better than it was in 1989.