Raymond Martinez was not only a beloved husband but also a Neno, uncle, and friend to those who knew him. Raymond was born in Deming, N.M. on Aug. 2, 1954, but resided in Las Cruces, N.M. all his life. He passed away peacefully on March 26, 2013. He spent his career with New Mexico State University for the last 39 years. He married Gloria Madrid on Dec. 22, 1977 in Las Cruces. They were happily married for over 36 years. He loved motorcycles, going to casinos and going deer hunting with his best friend Keith and his son. He also loved his niece Lisa and nephew Michael like his own children, who he also baptized at birth. He was a kind, wonderful and a loving husband. He touched many people and made many friends in his life. He was preceded in death by his parents, Jose and Braulia Martinez; and his sister Yvonne Martinez. He is survived by his wife Gloria Martinez, of Las Cruces; sisters Mary Saenz and her husband Enrique, Juanita Herrera and her husband Joe, Enedina Martinez and companion Rosa Apodaca, and Emma Martinez; brothers Angel Martinez and his wife Erica, Mark Martinez, and his wife Chris. Ray is also survived by his numerous nieces and nephews. His family is planning visitation at Getz Funeral Home at 6 p.m. for visitation and 7 p.m. rosary on Monday, April 1, 2013. The funeral service is scheduled for 1 p.m. on Tuesday April 2, 2013 at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church with Father Martin Cornego officiating. Concluding service and interment will follow in the Hillcrest Gardens Cemetery where he will laid to rest next to his mother-in-law and father-in-law. Serving as casket bearers will be J. B Madrid, Ricardo Madrid, Albert Madrid Jr., Daniel Reyna, Erik Apodoca and David Martinez. Arrangements are with Getz Funeral Home 1410 E. Bowman Ave., Las Cruces, NM 88001. To sign the local online guest book, visit www.GetzCares.com.
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Published in Las Cruces Sun-News on Mar. 31, 2013