June 3, 1932 – May 22, 2020
Isaac "Ike" Martinez was born June 3, 1932 in Waco, TX to Jose and Isidra Castro. He is survived by his wife Ellenita Martinez; children: Terrie Lawrence, and Miachelle Gentry, grandchildren: William Sacks, Priscilla Gamez, Crystal McCoy, Jason Gamez and Michelle Starr, and sister Josie.
Isaac is preceded in death by daughter, Sherrie Starr, brothers and sisters: Frank Castro, Pauline, Helen Connie, Nellie, Antonio, Lupe, and Angel.
Isaac served his country in the United States Army in the 1950's and for many years to come including a POW for 3 years. Isaac was very decorated with numerous awards including, Purple Heart Medal, Combat Infantryman, Korean Service Medal, First Class Gunner M60 Machinegun, amongst many other awards and metals. He was a rretired veteran and worked at the V.A. Hospital in Waco, Texas.
Isaac enjoyed working on his home. He was a dedicated Catholic. He loved his family and his country and would go to battle today if he could.
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May 28, 2020
We love you Grandpa always and forever. We will miss you truly 😭
Crystal (your granddaughter Chris)
May 27, 2020
I didn’t know Mr. Martinez but after reading his legacy I wanted to thank his family for his service. I buried my Great Uncle last July and he too was a Army Korean War POW 37 months and 12 days! May peace be with your family...
May 24, 2020
Because of my health and age it is not the wisest decision to get out. Our thoughts and prayers are with him and the whole family. My brother is now resting and at peace with the rest of my family and I would like to think that he is up there with my brave and heroic brothers who served in the armed forces as well. They are all together now. I am very proud and honored to have had such wonderful brother's and sister's and I miss each and every one of them every day.
Antonio Castro US Army
Jose Angel Castro US Army
Lupe Castro US Navy
Pauline Castro Salas
Connie Castro Maldonado
Mema Martinez Castro
Isaac Martinez Castro US Army
May 24, 2020
My grandma is Josephine Bravo Castro, she is the last living survivor of the Castro siblings. She wanted me to type and write this on her behalf, she is saddened by the news of the passing of her brother Isaac. She would like to extend her sympathy to his wife and family, and to let them know that she is thinking of them at this time. She would also like to thank them for taking care of her brother. She wanted to also thank the nieces and nephews for sharing their thoughts and memories of him.
(Grandma Josie’s Words and Memories) When Isaac's mom and my dad got married, Isaac and his sister Mema, came at a young age to live with us, we were raised all together as brother's and sister's. At a very early age he took on the Castro name he was very fond of my father. I remember when we received a telegram stating that Isaac had been missing in action, we were devastated and lead to believe that he was dead. Three years later we received word that he was found and alive. When he returned home we had learned that he had been captured those three years and was a POW .
It was a wonderful surprise and miracle for my family to know he was alive and coming home soon. When he first returned home after being captured, he wanted to see his mom and my dad first, but he had to be told the sad news that our father had passed away while he was away. He then started to look for everyone, I was already married and living in Rosebud at the time, when he came to see me, and he got to meet my newborn twins. Through the years he would come to Fort Worth to visit my sisters and I and our families. As we grew older, we lost touch and couldn’t keep in contact as much as we would have liked to have but I was always thinking about him and praying for him.
My family and I are sincerely heartbroken that we cannot attend his funeral services. I really wish I could be there and pay my respects to his family and see him for one last time.
May 22, 2020
My deepest sympathy. My Incle Isaac is celebrating Memorial Day with his brothers in heaven. We gained one more Angel to watch over us. My prayers for all his family.