The family of William M. Martinez, with deep sorrow, wants to announce the passing into eternal life of their beloved husband, father, grandfather, brother, cousin, and uncle, on Friday, November 2, 2012 at Mountain View Regional Hospital in Las Cruces, NM.
William was born on May 2, 1939 to Ben Martinez and Helen Medrano Martinez in Santa Fe, NM, and was also raised there. He was retired from the National Park Service where his jobs were many as he was Facility Manager and Maintenance Supervisor. He worked in many parks in the southwest including: Chaco Canyon National Monument, Bandolier National Monument and Grand Canyon National Park where he worked in the National Rim of the Grand Canyon. There, he and his wife Alicia wintered for 4 1/2 years after the roads were closed by the snow. He also worked at Organ Pipe Cactus Monument for the last 11 years of his Park Service Career.
Earlier in his life, he also worked for the Forrest Service, and he taught carpentry with the Job Corp. Early in his life he also worked as a carpenter with his father Ben, who taught him his craft. He also worked at times for other private contractors.
William was always proud that he served in the military service, in the Navy, where he worked as an electrician on the crew of an "Air Ship" or a surveillance airplane. He sometimes regretted that he was never stationed on an actual "Ship."
When he was very young, in his teens, he also served in the New Mexico National Guard. When he retired, he worked for several years as a volunteer Reserve Deputy for the Sheriffs office, under both Gary Ciccotelli and Raymond Cobos. He also worked as a volunteer driver for the Cancer Support. On occasion, he also volunteered at his Parish, St. Ann Catholic Church.
William was a Master Carpenter by trade and an artist in his heart. He had many hobbies, which included: Lapidary, welding, carving and he picked up the craft of tin working from his paternal grandfather, Jose Maria Apodaca. Some of Jose Maria's tin work is currently on display at the Folk Art Museum in Santa Fe.
William amazed people because he had the ability to create so many beautiful things with his hands, in so many different media. His love for motorcycles, since he was a young boy, gave him many hours of pleasure in his retirement years.
William had a great love for outdoors and enjoyed hiking and camping in the mountains and spending days alone in the desert. He had a great respect for the wilderness areas and for the wilderness animals and animals in general. Especially, horses and dogs. He instilled his love for animals in all three of his children. He never satisfied his hunger for learning, researching and acquiring new interests. His ranges of interests were vast, from learning about ancient civilizations, to new and future technology. He loved reading his bible and read from it everyday.
He is survived by his loving wife, Alicia Martinez of Deming, NM; two daughters, Denise Martinez and Lyndi Martinez both of Santa Fe, NM; two grandchildren, Landon Roser and Avery Roser; two sisters, Rosemarie Beaty and Irene Quintana; one brother, Ben G. Martinez and numerous cousins, nieces, nephews and many friends-some of them who had adopted him as "Uncle Bill." He will be truly missed by all who knew him.
He was preceded in death by both of his parents; one daughter, Kami Martinez and one brother, Bobby Martinez.
Viewing will be on Monday, November 12, 2012 from 5-7 p.m., with the holy rosary beginning at 7 p.m., at Terrazas Funeral Chapels. The mass of resurrection will be on Tuesday, November 13, 2012 at 10 a.m., at St. Ann Catholic Church, with Father Enrique Lopez Escalera officiating. Cremation will then take place at Terrazas Crematory and an inurnment is scheduled on Wednesday, November 14, 2012 at 11:30 a.m., at Fort Bayard National Cemetery, with military honors.
Family has asked in Lieu of flowers that all donations be made to Smile Train 41 Madison Ave. New York, NY 10010, or St. Ann Catholic Church Hall Building Fund.
Arrangements are with Terrazas Funeral Chapels & Crematory - Trusted care for the ones you love" -575-546-0070. To send your condolences, visit www.terrazasfuneralchapel.com