Kenneth Martinez

  • "Yesterday I saw my dad on the way to family night (we have..."
    - Dan Martinez
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    - David and Cindy Ford
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    - Maurice "JuJu" & Crystal DeSmedt Jr
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    - Jason Crandall
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    - Patricia Rivera

Anchorage resident Kenneth John Martinez, 74, died April 23, 2008, at home.
A memorial service will be at 7 p.m. May 6 at Bethel Chapel, 239 Price St., with visitation at 6 p.m. The Rev. Robert Evans will officiate. A celebration of life will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Martinez residence, 1110 E. 14th Ave. His cremated remains will be scattered at Moose River and in New Mexico. A memorial marker will be placed at Anchorage Memorial Park Cemetery.
Kenneth was born Jan. 23, 1934, in Maes, N.M. He moved to Anchorage in 1964.
He worked for the trans-Alaska oil pipeline in the 1960s, for the Municipality of Anchorage, and in sales. He also served in the armed forces.
Kenneth was a Christian and member of Bethel Chapel.
He enjoyed fishing and camping at Moose River, sitting outside in the sun, visiting and reminiscing with friends and family, watching baseball, garage sessions with his friends, tending to his cats, and boasting about his kids and especially his newest grandson, Bryan.
His family states: "Ken was a character, always joking and playing pranks with family and friends, and a casual flirt with the ladies. For those fortunate enough to know him as a friend, he will always be your compadre. For his family, his irreplaceable presence and colorful disposition will be deeply and forever missed."
Kenneth is survived by his sons, Daniel Martinez and Shawn Martinez of Anchorage; daughters, Monica Martinez of Anchorage, Judy Ann, Ester and Tommy of the Lower 48; stepson, Burton Twitchell; daughters-in-law, Elisha Martinez and Cherianna Martinez of Anchorage; more than 10 grandchildren; and many beloved cousins from New Mexico.
He was preceded in death by his ex-wife, Ruth Blatchford; son, Leroy Martinez; cousin, Tina Barreras; aunt and uncle, Clarita and Juan Olguin; and parents, Marta and Candelario Martinez.
Arrangements were made with Janssen's Evergreen Memorial Chapel.
Published in Anchorage Daily News on Apr. 27, 2008