My husband, our daddy and pampo Benjamin A. Martinez, 76, of Trujillo, went to join our Heavenly Father and his earthly parents, on Feb. 13, 2014, in the arms of his beloved family.
Ben, "the all American cowboy," was born in Trujillo on Oct. 19, 1937, to the union of Manuel and Isabel Martinez. He was a gentle, kind, loving and humble man whom kept our dear Lord in his heart. He loved his ranch in "T.R.U.J." as he would call it, and his work ethic was one of a kind. There are truly no words to express our love and respect we, his surviving family hold for him. The unconditional and exceptional love he had for us was a blessing sent from heaven. Heaven has gained a special angel, our angel.
Ben is preceded in death by his parents, Manuel and Isabel Martinez and nephew, baby James Pacheco.
He is survived by his loving wife of 57 years, Irene S. Martinez; his children, Elaine Martinez of Trujillo, Benjie Martinez (Angie) of Belen, Diane Martinez-Cash (Dan) of Albuquerque, Antonette Carrillo (Robert) of Las Cruces, Hope Chavez (Mike) of Las Vegas; he also leaves behind his grandchildren, Jerimiah Martinez (Andrea), Amberly Martinez (Jason) and Marie Miera; great-grandchildren, Tomas and Andres Sanchez, Dakota and Payson Carrillo, Dillon Deer; his beloved brothers and sisters, Henry Martinez (Angie), Eloisa Pacheco (Isidro), Lucille Casaus (Bill), Ted Martinez (Dina), and Virginia Aragon (Margarito).
A special thank you to Mary Lou and Dina with Hospice of New Mexico and Liz with Presbyterian Hospice. Special recognition to Alfred Nelson, Alberta Moberg and staff at Nelson Funeral Home.
Funeral services for Ben will be held at Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church in Las Vegas as follows: Rosary will be recited at 7 p.m. today (Monday); and a funeral mass will be celebrated by Father Mitchell at 9 a.m. Tuesday. Interment will follow at the San Isidro Cemetery in Trujillo. Serving as pallbearers will be: Benjie Martinez, Jerimiah Martinez, Elmer Pacheco, Ricky Martinez, Melvin Valdez Jr., and Bennie Martinez. Honorary pallbearers will be: Albino Gonzales, Selina and Katrina Gutierrez, Tomas and Andres Sanchez, Dakota and Payson Carrillo, Amberly Martinez, Dillon Deer, Marie Miera, Andrea Deer, Dan Cash, Robert Carrillo, and Mike Chavez.
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Funeral arrangements for Ben have been entrusted to Nelson Funeral Home; 801 Douglas Avenue, Las Vegas; 425-6551.