OBITUARY

Martin Ismael Gonzalez Jr.

April 24, 1948February 8, 2021
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Ismael Gonzalez Jr., "Martin" age 72, of Temple, Texas passed away on Monday, February 8, 2021 at Scott and White Hospital, Temple. Martin was born on April 24, 1948 at Memorial Hospital in Corpus Christi, Texas, to Ismael Gonzalez Sr. and Teresa Leija. Martin was raised in Corpus Christi and in Houston. On November 26, 1994 Martin exchanged wedding vows with Diana Lucilla Valdez at the St. John Vianney Catholic Church in Houston, Texas. Martin was blessed with five children, Rachel Guevara and husband Rodney, Ismael "Smiley" Gonzalez III and wife Peggy and Ruben Gonzalez, Steven Gomez and wife Tammy, Mike Gomez and wife Rosemary. They were also blessed with four grandchildren, twelve grandchildren and twelve great-grandchildren, grandchildren are: Morgan, Samantha, April, Cameron, Angel, Ismael IV, Julian, Priscilla, Enrique, Bernie, Antonio, Rosa, Dominque, Savannah, Sandy and Shanna. Great-grandchildren are: Angeli, Andy, Maricela, Mia Rose, Liam, Jose, Roseann, Romeo, Gabby, Mathew and Ruben. His primary occupation was Diesel Mechanic. He worked for 40 years as a diesel mechanic with various companies until he retired in 2008. He entered the military with the Marine Corp on January 7, 1965 as a Private (E-1) and fought in the Vietnam War after which he was honorably discharged on April 4, 1969 as a Corporal (E-4). During his term in the Military, he learned his trade as a diesel mechanic which he worked for 40 years until his retirement in January 2008. Martin saw action in the Vietnam War. Through his hard work and dedication, he achieved the rank of Corporal E-4`. He received several awards recognizing his for his heroism, including a Presidential Unit Citation 1st award' Good Conduct Medal 1st award; National Defense Medal 1st award; Vietnamese Service Medal; Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal and Rifle Sharpshooters. He enjoyed fishing, spending time with the grandchildren, BBQ's with family, family outings and going to the movies. He was a 4th degree with the Knight of Columbus and he was also a member of the Masons. He was a member of St. Matthews Catholic Church for about 10 years and when we moved to Pflugerville, he was a member of St. Elizabeth Catholic Church for 4 years. He is survived by his wife Diana, his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his youngest son, Ruben Gonzalez in 2013 and his siblings, Elena Rodriguez, Teresa Esquivel, Carlos Garza, Emmitt Rodriguez and Alejandro Rodriguez. A visitation and rosary for Ismael will be held Monday, February 22, 2021 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM at Crawford-Bowers Funeral Home, Temple, TX with Rosary at 7:00pm. Graveside services will be held on Tuesday, February 23, 2021 at 3:00 PM at Central Texas State Veterans Cemetery, Killeen, Texas with Military Honors. Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.crawfordbowerstemple.com for the Gonzalez family.

  • PALLBEARERS

  • Ismael Gonzalez III "Smiley", Active Pallbearer
  • Ismael Gonzalez IV "Alex", Active Pallbearer
  • Enrique Gonzalez, Active Pallbearer
  • Mike Gomez, Active Pallbearer
  • Cameron Gomez, Active Pallbearer
  • Steve Gomez, Active Pallbearer
  • Morgan Gomez, Active Pallbearer
  • John Gutierrez, Active Pallbearer

Services

  • Visitation and Rosary

    Monday, February 22, 2021

  • Graveside Service

    Tuesday, February 23, 2021

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Biography

When someone is identified as a natural leader, certain images come to mind. First thoughts are of a no-nonsense, tough-minded, dedicated and disciplined person. This description accurately fits Martin Ismael Gonzalez Jr. who was indeed a born manager. He will be remembered as being highly organized, practical and realistic. He was a person who always carried a strong sense of duty with him throughout his life. Possessed with traditional “old school” morals, Martin was an individual who clearly communicated to those around him just who he was and what he was all about. Everyone acquainted with Martin knew him as a well-respected man who was a stable force in his community.

      Martin was born on April 24, 1948 at Memorial Hospital in Corpus Christi, Texas, Nueces County in Corpus Christi, Texas. His parents were Ismael Gonzalez Sr. and Teresa Leija. Martin was raised in Corpus Christi and Houston. Even as a youngster, Martin learned to be objective and decisive. His faith in the principles of authority and dependability was something that he carried with him throughout his life.

      As a young boy, Martin was able to put his natural abilities to work. He was a bit like the sergeant of the family, helping to make sure that the others did what they should do and that they avoided those things they weren’t supposed to. In other words, he liked to organize and direct. Martin was raised with Ten siblings. He had three older siblings, Adela Villanueva, Maria Luisa Garza, Elena Rodriguez and seven younger siblings, Enrique Gonzalez, Teresa Esquivel, Blanca Perez, Juana Garza, Carlos Garza, Emmitt Rodriguez and Alejandro Rodriguez. Martin had an inborn appreciation for the order in the family, allowing for the oldest members to be the most respected and to take on the most responsibility. For Martin, this was a natural order of life, one he gladly embraced.

      Martin's matter-of-fact attitude about most things was developed during his childhood. As a young boy, Martin enjoyed being part of teams, and organizations and groups of other kids who shared similar interests. In his spare time he liked climbing trees and jumping onto roofs of houses and fishing.

      In school, Martin was as close to being a model student as one could possibly imagine. He sought to achieve perfect attendance in all of his classes. He would eagerly complete his homework, and often put in extra study time when he felt it was necessary. A logical and focused thinker, Martin was always good at following directions and meeting his schedules, whether they were set by his teachers or were self-imposed. Martin’s personal motto could well have been, “Do it right the first time. He enjoyed some courses more than others, having favorite classes and teachers.

     After his GED in the military, he learned the trade of diesel mechanic.

      Martin was sociable and approachable. Because he was always so straightforward in how he approached relationships, friends and family knew that what they saw was always what they got. He enjoyed the camaraderie of being with a group of friends. When Martin was a member of a group, his interaction worked to keep the others grounded. He wasn’t afraid to confront his friends and, when necessary, he challenged them to stick to the task at hand. Those close to Martin came to expect his high standards of performance. While growing up, some of his best friends were Richard Ortiz, Mario Morin and Felipe Guerra. Later in life, he became friends with friends of his wife.

      An objective and conscientious individual, Martin reveled in the security of his family. On November 26, 1994 Martin exchanged wedding vows with Diana Lucilla Valdez at the St. John Vianney Catholic Church in Houston, Texas. One of Martin’s most endearing qualities was his uncanny ability to remember important dates and anniversaries, and his unending enthusiasm for organizing a celebration for his family and friends.

      Martin was ever watchful of his children. He worried about them and was deeply concerned for their development as they grew up. He maintained a firm hand in their upbringing. Martin would give his stamp of approval to their requests, as long as he could see how they might benefit. He also had the ability to enforce the rules as needed to ensure that his children were properly raised. Diana had two sons and Ismael had three children, Diana's sons are Steven Gomez and wife Tammy, Mike Gomez and wife Rosemary, and Ismael's children are Rachel Guevara and husband Rodney, Ismael "Smiley" Gonzalez III and wife Peggy and Ruben Gonzalez. They were also blessed with sixteen grandchildren and twelve great-grandchildren, grandchildren are: Morgan, Samantha, April, Cameron, Angel, Ismael IV, Julian, Priscilla, Enrique, Bernie, Antonio, Rosa, Dominque, Savannah, Sandy and Shanna. Great-grandchildren are: Angeli, Andy, Maricela, MiaRose, Liam, Jose, Roseann, Romeo, Gabby, Mathew and Ruben.

      Being a hard worker who praised efficiency, Martin was always striving to make improvements where they were necessary. He was able to analyze situations and problems, keeping everything and everyone on track. An excellent project supervisor, Martin was a person who could quickly make decisions based on the information available. He worked cooperatively and expected the same from his colleagues. In both his personal and professional environments, Martin upheld his standards. His primary occupation was Diesel Mechanic. He worked for 40 years as a diesel mechanic with various companies until he retired in 2008. Martin was a team player who certainly lived out the motto of “give me a job, and I will get it done.”

      He was a Marine Corp Veteran. His sense of duty helped lead him into the military where his understanding of rank, his willingness to abide by rules and regulations and his desire to follow orders was admired by his fellow service men and women. He entered the military with the Marine Corp on January 7, 1965 as a Private (E-1) and fought in the Vietnam War after which he was honorably discharged on April 4, 1969 as a Corporal (E-4). During his term in the Military, he learned his trade as a diesel mechanic which he worked for 40 years until his retirement in January 2008. Martin saw action in the Vietnam War. Through his hard work and dedication, he achieved the rank of Corporal E-4. He received several awards recognizing for his heroism, including a Presidentail Unit Citation 1st award' Good Conduct Medal 1st award; National Defense Medal 1st award; Vietnamese Service Medal; Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal and Rifle Sharshooters.

      Martin approached his leisure time in the same manner that he approached his life. A person who enjoyed being neat and orderly and one who understood the nature of things, he appreciated the hours he was able to devote to his various hobbies. He enjoyded fishing, spending time with the grandchildren, BBQ's with family, family outings and going to the movies. Martin was content to enjoy his favorite pastimes alone but was also willing to share his interests with others.

      Playing by the rules was a natural thing for Martin to do in life and that carried over to his enjoyment of sports. Recreational sports included fishing. He also was something of a sports fan and enjoyed watching his favorite events whenever he got the opportunity. Tops on his list were football.

      Being generous with his time and energy, Martin liked to belong to a variety of groups and organizations. He was a vocal leader who enjoyed being a part of things. His desire to uphold traditions and his ability to take charge of any type of project made him a tremendous asset. He was a 4th degree with the Knight of Columbus and he was also a member of the Masons.

      A civic-minded person, Martin was usually ready to jump in and help with community activities. He was the type of person who could masterfully organize events and projects and then see to it that they were run in an efficient and timely manner. Martin was a member of several community groups, including When we lived in Houston, TX he was invovled with the St. Matthew Catholic Church festival committees each year and he was invovled with the Knights of Columbus. During these years, Martin applied his analytical intellect to problem solving and so was an asset on most committees.

      Faith was important to Martin. He held high moral standards and was worried about the moral decay he saw around him. For that reason he held deep spiritual beliefs that he was willing to share. He was a member of St. Matthews Catholic Church for about 10 years and when we moved to Pflugerville, he was a member of St. Elizabeth Catholic Church for 4 years. He was invovled in various committees at the church we were members in Houston as well as in the Pflugerville area.

      As someone who placed a high value on showing gratitude, Martin could graciously accept a “thank you” extended to him by those he helped. However, individual recognition wasn’t a motivating force for Martin; rather, when he saw that there was a need to get something done, he was more than willing to give his time and energy in order to see it accomplished. Best Dad and Grandfather.

      When it came time to travel or take a vacation, Martin used his scheduling expertise to make sure everyone and everything was ready to go. That also meant that he made certain no single person was overworked in putting the trip together. Martin had a knack for making sure that everyone who was involved had their specific tasks and that those tasks were completed. Travel included Disney World in Florida; Aspen, Colorado Dallas, TX, Houston, TX and San Antonio, TX.

      Martin was a lover of animals and cherished his pets. One of Martin’s favorites was When he was about 10 years old he used to have a pet duck named Sam.

      When Martin’s retirement finally arrived in Jamuary 8, 2008, he was well prepared. He used his critical evaluation skills to make sure that every detail had been preplanned and attended to. His last place of employment was with Special Distribution Services located in Temple, Texas. In retirement, he found new pleasure in fishing, going to garage sales, flea markets, travel to see family or just to get away. In many ways, Martin loved retirement. It provided him with the opportunity to catch up with his friends, attend functions and group outings, and tackle new interesting activities.

      Martin passed away on February 8, 2021 at Baylor Scott and White Hospital in Temple, Texas. He battled for two weeks in the Covid-19 Intensive Care Unit on a ventilatorand he finally lost his fight with this horrible virus on Monday, February 8, 2021. He is survived by his wife Diana, his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his youngest son, Ruben Gonzalez in 2013 and his siblings, Elena Rodriguez, Teresa Esquivel, Carlos Garza, Emmitt Rodriguez and Alejandro Rodriguez. A Rosary was held at Crawford-Bowers Funeral Home on Tuesday, February 16, 2021 and his graveside service was at the Veterans Cemetery in Killeen, Texas on February 17, 2021. Martin was laid to rest with military honors at the Central Texas State Veterans Cemetery in Killeen, Texas.

      All who knew him would agree that Martin was a pillar of the community. He lived his life with his feet firmly on the ground. He had a strong work ethic, was pragmatic in his thoughts and acts, and constantly sought the means for self-improvement. He was willing to share his ideas and knowledge for the benefit of others, so that they could accomplish more in their lives. Martin Ismael Gonzalez Jr. did his best to ensure that his family, friends, loved ones, co-workers, and everyone whose life he touched was given the chance to become a better person.