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Johnny C Martinez

November 24, 1930September 7, 2020
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Johnny Cruz Martinez passed away peacefully, Monday September 7, 2020 surrounded by family. A rosary will be recited at 12:30pm, Saturday, September 12, 2020 followed by a service at 1:00pm at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 2621 Bagby Avenue with Fr. Benjie Magnaye officiating. Burial will follow at Waco Memorial Park Cemetery. A viewing will be held at Connally-Compton Funeral Home on Friday, September 11, 2020 from 10:00am – 7:00pm. The service will be livestreamed on Sacred Heart Catholic Church’s Facebook page (in Waco, TX). All COVID-19 guidelines will be followed; limited seating, facial coverings and social distancing will be required.

Johnny was one of 10 children born in Waco, TX on November 24, 1930 to Ysaias and Carlota Martinez. He served in the U.S. Army with Company D in the 2nd Armored Cavalry Division from 1951-1953 where he served as a squad leader. Johnny married Lydia Casillas on November 18, 1961. They were married 54 years before her death. He was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church and the Waco Missions Recreation Club. Johnny played baseball for the Waco High Tigers and played semi-pro baseball for the Waco Pirates and the Waco Missions baseball teams. Later in life he coached the Waco Missions baseball team. He was the ultimate baseball fan of the Baylor Baseball team and the Texas Rangers. He retired from Owens-Illinois Glass plant in 1995.

He is preceded in death by his wife, parents, brother Nacho Martinez, sisters Mary Hernandez, Antonia Reyes, and Alfonsa Rocha.

He is survived by his daughters Marisa Sliva and husband Darren, Monica Smith and husband Darrel, Marion Palomino and husband Axel, and a very dear niece Andrea Almaraz; grandchildren Brandon Sliva and wife Jamie, Dara Sliva and fiancé Rogelio Altamirano, Cianna Palomino, Myah Palomino and Johnny Palomino; Great grandchildren Ayden Olivarez, Marcos Altamirano and Liliana Sliva-Altamirano; brothers Joe and wife Marina, Santos, Bernardo; sisters Irene and Anita and husband Martin; and numerous nieces, nephews and godchildren.

Pallbearers will be his nephew’s, Steve Martinez, Mark Martinez, Greg Martinez, David Martinez, Sam Martinez, and Landry Rodriguez.

Honorary Pallbearers will be his grandsons and great grandsons, Brandon, Johnny, Ayden and Marcos.

Memorials may be given in his honor to Sacred Heart Catholic Church.


  • Steve Martinez
  • Mark Martinez
  • Greg Martinez
  • David Martinez
  • Sam Martinez
  • Landry Rodriguez


  • Visitation

    Friday, September 11, 2020

  • Rosary

    Saturday, September 12, 2020

  • Mass of Christian Burial

    Saturday, September 12, 2020


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Pete Gonzales

September 12, 2020

Dear Joe, Bernie and family. So sorry to hear of Johnnies passing. He along with the rest of the family were like family to me. I will miss seeing him when I visit my family in Waco. God Bless you all at this difficult time.

Ernest and Cynthia Montemayor

September 12, 2020

Our prayers go out to the family and may you receive comfort knowing he has joined Lilly , the love of his lIfe.

Danny Martinez

September 12, 2020

Dear Great Uncle Johnny,
My dad said you love baseball, so do I! We’ll play catch and talk stories when we meet for the first time. I pray that you find peace in heaven as you did on earth. We will miss you until the day we reunite in the kingdom of heaven.

To the family, our prayers and love go out to you. If there’s anything we can do please let us know.

God Bless,
Lil Danny and Family

Rose Villarreal

September 12, 2020

Our condolences to the Martinez family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Tino and Rose Villarreal

Johnny Villafana

September 12, 2020

To the Children, Grandchildren, and all extended family of Mr. Martinez, my most sincere condolences. It has been an honor to have known Johnny as a friend. His knowledge of history and current events, and smart wit, he was such a pleasure to be with. Thank you for your service to our country, and mostly for being a strong and brave soldier in Jesus Christ. RIP, dear friend

Johnny Villafana Sr & family.

Charles Gonzales

September 11, 2020

Martinez Family,

Sorry for your loss. Johnny was a very special friend to us and we will miss him very much. Had so many good times with him. May God Bless all of you.


Charlie and Josie Gonzales

Irene Gutierrez

September 11, 2020

My condolences to the family. May God give you peace, strength and comfort during this most difficult time. Uncle Johnny was a very funny guy! I loved hearing stories about when they were young. My mom and dad used to double date with him and Aunt Lillie.💜 Love y’all Marissa, Monica and Marion!💜

Jaime Villarrial

September 11, 2020

My deepest sympathies and condolences to the Martinez Family. Mr. Martinez was one of the nicest men I have ever had a chance to be around and he had the Villarrial families' upmost respect. I will always remember him being a staple at the Waco Missions. May God bless his soul and his family at this time.

Joe and Delia Campos

September 11, 2020

Johnny was a respected friend for many years and our hearts are heavy.. May all the wonderful memories help the family during this difficult time.

Lydia Ortega Almaraz

September 10, 2020

Marisa, Monica & Marion,

May the Lord comfort you at this most grievous time. Your dad was a most kind and compassionate father. He reminded me of your grandfather Ysaias. I will never forget the time he opened his home to my daughter Andrea when she attended school there. Both your dad and mom welcomed her. They were so good to her.

May the God of comfort keep you three in His Love in the months ahead. God bless you.

Love, Cousin Lydia


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