Charles G. "Charlie" Martinez, age 74, a resident of Colorado Springs since 1953 and formerly of Crested Butte, Colorado, passed away on Saturday, December 22, 2012 at his home in Colorado Springs. He was self employed and owned and operated his own trucking companies: K&S Delivery Services and C&M Plumbing Specialists. He had previously been associated with Moore & Moore Moving Company. Charlie was a devoted husband, father, grandfather and friend. Charles Gus Martinez was born on October 20, 1938 in Crested Butte, Colorado to the late Alfredo and Querina (Lopez) Martinez. He was a 1957 graduate of St. Mary's High School in Colorado Springs. He had a passion for dancing. It was while dancing, he met the love of his life, Maxine. He married Maxine Knauf on April 4, 1959 at Corpus Christi Church in Colorado Springs. Charlie was a man of faith and family. He was active in the Holy Apostles Catholic Community and its Choir. He loved spending time with his family and enjoyed football, soccer, fishing and backpacking. He was a sports enthusiast who had a wonderful sense of humor and will be best remembered for his honesty, frankness, work ethic and organizational skills. He is survived by his wife, Maxine; his sons: Gregory Martinez (and Alison) of Colorado Springs; Paul Martinez (and Mari Sinton-Martinez) of Colorado Springs; Michael Martinez (and Nancy Gapter-Martinez) of Mead, Colorado and his daughter: Rita Austin (and Al) of Colorado Springs. Charlie is also survived by his brother: Vino Anthony of Avon, Colorado. He has five wonderful grandchildren. Mr. Martinez was preceded in death by his parents, and seven brothers and sisters. A Memorial Mass will be held at 11:00 am on Friday, December 28, 2012 at Holy Apostles Catholic Church, 4925 Carefree Circle North, Colorado Springs, Colorado 80918. A luncheon reception will follow the services at the Church Fellowship Hall. Private interment will be held at a future date at Memorial Gardens Cemetery. Memorials in Charlie's name may be made to Holy Apostles Social Ministry and to the Marian House Soup Kitchen. He will be deeply missed. Blessed be his memory. Online Condolences: ShrineOfRemembrance.com
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Published in The Gazette on Dec. 25, 2012