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Richard Martinez
December 04, 1945 - May 11, 2017


Tuesday, August 15, 2017 3:49 AM

Dad, as i sit here and think about you,i think aboutthe most hardest working man i have ever met, and the one man in my life iv'e ever respected 100%. You never complained about anything dad and you were always there for our family no matter what. You never judged us if we did anything wrong instead you simply gave us your opinion and guidence and never allowing one of us girls to get over on you even if we thought we could. I remember when i was a little girl maybe 6 we had went to the store and i had stolen some candy,we got all the way to the car and i believed i was home free, we got in the car and as the doors closed you looked over at me and boy did i know that look,i was introuble,you said where is that candy you took and i gave you the puppy dog look and said right here. You said ok you are gonna go in that store and tell them what you did,so my dad marched me back in that store and i told the cashier i had stolen this candy, i tell you after that i never stole again i was so darn scared..my father was so mad but yet he didnt shout just told me that i was never to steal again and that next time i could be in big trouble..
I also remember the first time i ever went fishing and caught a salmon on my dads boat the good ol HAPPY HOOKER if anyone remembers my dad they remember this boat, i remember my dad helping me reel the line up and when i was very little he said to me here hit that fish over the head with this so it would quit flopping around, well i never thought that bat would make it sto but it did..Dad i miss you so so much and i still dont want to believe you are gone.Thank you for always being there and being my hero and supporter through out my life and thank you for everything you did for our family we are truly gonna miss you..you make some clam chowder in heaven for my husband Richard and tell him hi...
P.S hopefully you dont have to fix stupid where you are lol.. R.I.P Dad until we meet again thank you from the bottom of my heart for always being there no matter what!
Erica Garner (Santa Cruz, CA)

Thursday, May 25, 2017 8:50 AM

Dear family and friends of Mr Richard Martinez. I am very sorry for your loss. The death of a loved one can be very painful and weight heavily on your hearts. Very soon Jesus Christ will use his god given power to bring back to life the ones fallen asleep in death. John 5:28,29 says " Do not be amazed at this,for the hour is coming in which all those in the memorial tomb will here his voice and come out ". He will resurrect them to a peaceful paradise earth filled with healthy happy people psalms 37:9-11,29. May you all continue to hold the precious memories of your dearly beloved Richard close to your hearts and know that one day soon we will see the ones we loss in death again.
L M (West Hempstead, NY)

Wednesday, May 24, 2017 2:24 PM

My deepest sympathy to the family and friends of Richard Martinez, may the God of all comfort be with you during this most difficult time, loosing a loved one in death is never easy the pain, the grief and the feeling of helplessness can seem unbearable but allow me please to share with you what has helped me and my family cope with our loss remembering the words of Jesus and what he did, Jesus cured every sort of disease and every sort of infirmity but in the paradise new world mankinds flesh will become fresher than in youth. John 5 :28,29 Jesus said do not be amazed because the hour is coming in which all those in the memorial tombs will hear his voice and come out, also Revelation 21:4 said God will wipe out all tears from our eyes and death will be no more, when that time come none of of will have to worry about having to loose our loved ones to death because God promised to conquer death for ever.
Vivienne Minott (Yonkers, NY)

Friday, May 19, 2017 8:13 PM

Richard was always kind to me. Although things were tough back in the mid 1980's, he and Marilee always welcomed one more mouth to feed...that would be mine.
Sometimes he'd tease me but eventually shared that he only teased those that he liked. This was actually a great lesson for a 13 year old. It also provided insite into the future with peers.
Thank you for all of your kindness, love and generosity. You will be missed.
My deepest condolences to your entire family, Kim. I love you all.
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Jenna Keating (Santa Cruz, CA)

Monday, May 15, 2017 5:30 PM

To my Brother in law you were the best husband to my sister and wonderful father to your girls. You always took care of all of them without a complaint of any kind. You will be missed it goes without saying. Thank you for Loving my Sister and taking such good care of her. Your always be my favorite Brother-in- Law. Love and miss you. RIP!!
Suzanne Beasley (Oakley, CA)

Monday, May 15, 2017 1:29 PM

Richards family, friends and coworkers are heartbroken by his sudden and unexpected death.In both his personal and professional life he touched the lives of many people.

From his early years in high school up to the time of his death he excelled in all he did. He was a champion wrestler, a drum major, a member of the Hi Tow Tong Boys Honor Society, A College Graduate, an award winning trombone player, a past member of the first Santa Cruz Symphony, a published musician, a business owner, an executive chef, an accomplished Salmon fisherman, Master Dahlia grower, Business Process Optimazation Manager, mentor, teacher, and friend.

He was a family man married 44 years to his wife Merrilee, he had 6 children Rick, Kim, Alexia, Jen, Erica & Andrea, 5 grandchildren Andrew, Hannah, Brandon, Richie & Gabby, 2 great grandchildren Bella & Chloe.

Richard as a dedicated husband, father, grandfather & friend exemplified the values of family. His legacy is an example to us all. Words can not describe the sorrow we feel as we mourn the loss of our beloved father, teacher, hero and friend.

 

 

 

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