Luis Martinez

Luis Martinez, a lifelong resident of Gallinas passed away on Saturday, March 15, 2014.

He was an avid big- game hunter and guide. He was a lifetime rancher and logger who owned and operated the Martinez and Sons lumber, Wood and Cattle business in Gallinas.

He served in the U.S. Navy in 1955-56. Luis was a lifetime Catholic and a member of Our Lady of Sorrows Church in Las Vegas and the Santo Niño Church in Gallinas.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Domitilio and Josephita Martinez; his sister, Antonia Armijo; an infant brother, Leo Santos Martinez, Manuel Lesperance and Margie Gallegos whom he considered brother and sister, mother- and father-in-law Pedro and Lucy Archuleta and brothers-in-law, Leo and Lalo Archuleta and Celestino Ortiz.

Luis is survived by his wife, Adelina Martinez of the family home; four sons, Paul Martinez (June), Kenny Martinez, Charles Martinez and Peter Martinez, all of Gallinas; three daughters, Debbie Archuleta (Jerry) of Watrous, Patricia Archuleta (Ramon) of Las Vegas and Kathy Archuleta (Danny) of Gallinas. A granddaughter whom he raised, Veronica Archuleta and who is in the Navy and stationed in Bahrain; five granddaughters, Michelle Varela, Alyssa Sena (Travis), Dora Trevizo, all of Las Vegas, Andrea Valdez and Santana Valdez of Watrous; grandson, Jake Cordova of Las Vegas; Dallas O'Conner and Cassidy O'Conner of Alamogordo, whom he considered his grandchildren; three great-grandsons, Andres Gonzales (his Pancho) of Las Vegas, Jeremy Lords and Xavier Valdez-Hare of Watrous; brother, Herman Martinez of Gallinas. Luis is also survived by Grace and Pete Martinez, Bernadette and Leo Apodaca and Priscilla Sanchez all of Albuquerque, whom he considered his sisters; Louie and Lila Lesperance of Albuquerque, whom he considered a brother; brothers-in-law, Gonzalo Armijo of Roswell and Ignacio Archuleta of Las Vegas; sisters-in-law, Matie Hall (Tom) of Wyoming, Theresa Trujillo (Jerry) of Las Vegas, Stella Garcia (Richard) of Watrous and Priscilla Archuleta of Watrous; special friends, Andre Chene of Bosque Farms, Tony Pino of Buena Vista, Gonzalo Varela of Pecos, Anselmo Duran of Las Vegas and Isabel Hunkens of Albuquerque; numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Rosary Services will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday at Our Lady of Sorrows Church in Las Vegas. Funeral Services will be conducted at 9 a.m. Friday also at Our Lady of Sorrows Church with Father George V. Salazar as celebrant. Interment will follow at Santo Niño Cemetery in Gallinas with the following serving as casket bearers: Danny Coca, Jake Cordova, Travis Sena, Robert Armijo, Jonathon Martinez and Leon Pino. Honorary casket bearers will be: Michelle Varela, Alyssa Sena, Dora Trevizo, Andrea Valdez, Santana Valdez, Andres Gonzales, Jeremy Lords, Xavier Valdez Hare, Veronica Archuleta, Dallas and Cassidy O'Conner.
The eulogy will be recited by Alyssa Sena, his granddaughter, and his nephew, Joseph Duran.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Santo Niño Church in Gallinas c/o Our Lady of Sorrows Church, 403 Valencia St., Las Vegas, N.M. 87701.

Visit Rogers Mortuary's website: to sign online register book.

Arrangements are under the direction of Rogers Mortuary; 600 Reynolds Ave., Las Vegas, 1-800-479-3511 or 425-3511.

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Rogers Mortuary - Las Vegas
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Published in Las Vegas Optic on Mar. 17, 2014