Roman P. Martinez, 83, a resident of Las Vegas passed away at his home on Friday following a valiant struggle with several illnesses.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Malaquias and Leonore Martinez; two sisters, Velma Wise and Rosabelle Chavez; two brothers, Robert and Antonio Martinez; and a sister-in-law, Kathleen Sisneros.
He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Della Rita Martinez, of Las Vegas; one daughter, Ruth Mares, and husband, Kenneth, of Las Vegas; three sons, David R. Martinez of Edgewood, Donald R. Martinez of Roseville, Calif., and Daniel R. Martinez and wife, Cruzita, of Albuquerque; two brothers, Gene Martinez of Washington State,and Mel Martinez and wife, Isabel, of Las Vegas; two sisters, Lucy Boyer, and Roberta Martinez, both of Colorado Springs, Colo.; a brother-in-law, Joe E. Chavez, of Las Vegas; one sister-in-law, Viola M. Griego, of Las Vegas; 12 grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces, nephews and great-nieces and nephews.
He was born in Las Vegas on Feb. 28, 1931.
As a youth he enjoyed participating in the Boy Scouts. He attended Highland High School in Las Vegas. As a teenager, he worked a variety of jobs, such as harvesting local fruit in the fields of Colorado and with his parent's blessing, he joined the United States Air Force
. He bravely served our country for 22 years. Early in his service he participated in the Berlin Airlift and was stationed at Kirtland AFB in Albuquerque, Walker AFB in Roswell, Offutt AFB in Omaha, Neb., two tours in Japan; one tour in Okinawa; Montgomery, Ala., Ft. George Meade, Md., and Taiwan.
He was united in marriage to Della Rita Griego on July 26, 1954. He was a loving and devoted husband who served as a great role model and a strong guiding light to his children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren.
He was a devoted Catholic at Our Lady of Sorrows Church. He donated 10 years of service to counting the weekly mass collections. As a youth, he was a member of the Boy Scouts of America. Later in his life he served as a treasurer for the Perdomo B. Scholarship Fund.
Services will be held from Our Lady of Sorrows Church today (Wednesday) beginning with a eulogy followed by the V.F.W
. Honor guard, and a rosary recited by Lena Villegas. The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. by Father Douglas Mitchell. Cremation will follow and the interment with full military honors provided by the United States Air Force Honor Guard from Kirtland AFB, will be at 9 a.m. Thursday at the Santa Fe National Cemetery.
The family has requested that in lieu of flowers donations be made to the Our Lady of Sorrows Building Fund; 403 Valencia Ave., Las Vegas, NM 87701.
Online condolences can be sent to the family at www.gonzalesfunerals.com.
Arrangements are under the direction of Billy G. Rogers at Gonzales Funerals & Cremations; 2315 Hot Springs Blvd.; 425-9319.