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Joe A. Martinez


1926 - 2010 Obituary Condolences
Joe A. Martinez, age 83, died at Albuquerque Heights Rehabilitation Center on Friday, July 23, 2010, following a courageous battle with cancer.
He was born September 11, 1926, in Guadalajara Jalisco Mexico to the late Marico and Felicita Martinez De Cordova. He immigrated to the United States during the Bracero Act of 1942 in 1949. On June 22, 1951, he was united in marriage to Elmira Martinez. He completed his American education in Tucumcari, NM, in 1969.
In 1949, Joe began working for the area farmers of Quay County, then in 1953, he began to work for and eventually became the Manager of Maudlin Lumber. In 1975, he obtained his license as a general contractor and plumber, and started his business venture by owning and operating Martinez Construction, and did so until his retirement in 2005 when he moved to Albuquerque, NM, due to medical reasons.
Joe was a member of Saint Anne's Catholic Church, Knights of Columbus, and the Holy Name Society.
Joe is survived by his wife, Elmira Martinez; their children, Joe A. Martinez (Pepe) and his wife, Rose and their children, all of Tucumcari, New Mexico and Yolanda Garcia and her children of Albuquerque and Las Cruces, New Mexico. He is further survived by 19 great grandchildren and 1 great-great grandchild.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Marico and Felicita Martinez De Cordova; his son, Robert Gene Franco-Martinez, and daughter, Priscilla Jane Elevario (Jennie).
Rosary services will be held Wednesday, July 28 at 7:00 p.m. at St. Anne's Catholic Church. Funeral services will be held Thursday, July 29 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Anne's Catholic Church with burial to immediately follow at Tucumcari Memorial Park.
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