Russell "Russ" Joseph Martineau passed away peacefully early Saturday morning, June 1, 2013, after a long and heroic battle with Multiple Myeloma. Russ died at their home in The Woodlands, Texas, surrounded by Julie, his wife of 33 yrs, and their daughters Adria Salas of The Woodlands and Brittany Holm of San Antonio. Also present was Adria's husband Chris Salas. Russ fought his disease for more than 6 years, allowing him to celebrate both daughters' marriages, and the gift from Adria and Chris of two grandchildren, Brice and Delaney. In addition to Russ' immediate family, he is survived by his step mother Elizabeth Hypes Martineau, sister Barbara Moore of Ohio and his brothers Don Martineau, Bill Martineau, and Jeff Martineau of California.
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Born in Middleburg Heights, Ohio, Russ graduated from John F Kennedy High School in Cypress, California where he was on the swim team. Upon graduation, he went on to serve his county by enlisting in the Air Force. His commission was as sergeant during the Vietnam War with the Pacific Air Forces. After the war, Russ returned to study at California State University Long Beach where he met his future wife Julie and received his BSW degree. Julie and Russ married in 1979, then relocated to Houston where Russ earned a Masters in Social Work from the University of Houston and became a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW). Russ dedicated his career to aging veterans at the Debaky VA Medical Center in Houston where his dedication to and advocacy on behalf of his patients was repeatedly recognized by the administration. As a proctor at the VA for graduate students and associate professor for the University of Houston, Russ and his teammates were recognized as the Outstanding Social Work Team by the William Hearst Foundation for their work in forming the AGIF Consortium promoting and developing Gerontology studies for graduate students. His favorite activities were family-centered, be it a road-trip to visit family and friends or simply playing with the grandchildren at home.
Visitation will be held at Forest Park The Woodlands Funeral Home on Wednesday, June 5, from 6- 8P with a Rosary at 7:30P. The Mass and Celebration of Russ' Life is Wednesday, June 6, at 11A at St Anthony of Padua Catholic Church, The Woodlands, TX.
The family offers special thanks to Russ' dedicated health care team, especially Dr. Bart Barlogie and the clinicians at The Myeloma Institute For Research and Therapy at the University of Arkansas Medical School in Little Rock, Arkansas. In lieu of flowers, the family has asked those wishing to honor Russ' memory to make gifts to The Myeloma Institute (UAMS Myeloma Institute for Research and Therapy Development Office, 4301 W. Markham Street, #816, Little Rock, AR 72205-9985) or MEDVAMC Social Work Emergency Welfare Fund, 2002 Holcombe Blvd. Houston, TX 77030 .
Forest Park The Woodlands Funeral Home, 18000 Interstate 45 S, The Woodlands, TX 77384, 936-321-5115
St Anthony of Padua Catholic Church, 7801 Bay Branch Drive, The Woodlands, TX 77382, 281.419.8700
Published in Houston Chronicle on June 5, 2013