PHIL MARTINEZ of Santa Fe passed away on September 12, 2013 at 10:45 a.m. after a short illness. He was born in Chama, NM and grew up in Edith, Colorado and Chama. He has been a resident of Santa Fe since 1971. He graduated from Chama High School in 1951, joined the Air Force in 1951 and served during the Korean and Vietnam Wars. He retired from the military in 1971. In addition, he worked for the NM Environment Department for 19 years. He enjoyed camping, fishing, and spending time with his family. He was a lifetime member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Golden Eagle, Eagles Aerie #2811, Elk Member for 16 years, American Legion for 21 years, and the Retired Enlisted Association. He was preceded in death by his parents, Luisa & Higinio Martinez; sister, Stella Medina Martinez; brother, Jimmy Martinez; mother of his children, Ruth Martinez; mother & father-in-law, Mabel & Horacio Garcia. He is survived by his wife, Carol; daughter, Cynthia Romero and husband Charles; son, Phil Martinez Jr.; grandchildren, Vanessa, Miranda, P.J., Jessica, and Jeffrey; great grandchildren, Moses, Jude and Isaiah, and numerous nephews and nieces; step-daughter, Angela Medrano and fianc� Gary L. J. Gir�n; step-son, Paco Arguello and wife Cindy, and step-grandchildren Alexis Arguello, Kayla and Jeremy Vigil; brothers, Moses and wife Vicky, Higinio, Seffie and wife Stephanie; sister, Luisa Salazar and husband Lolo; sister-in-laws, Priscilla Martinez, Jona G. Armijo and Teresa Garcia. A visitation will take place on Wednesday September 18th at 9 a.m. at Christian Life Fellowship, 121 Siringo Rd., Santa Fe. A funeral service will follow at 9:30 and interment will take place at the Santa Fe National Cemetery at 11:15 the same day. Pallbearers: Phil Martinez Jr., Paco Arguello, Charles Romero, Moses Martinez, Higinio Martinez, Gary L.J. Gir�n. His family suggests memorial contributions be directed to St. Elizabeth's Shelter, 804 Alarid Street, Santa Fe, NM 87505 . 417 East Rodeo Rd. Santa Fe, NM 87505 Phone: (505)989-7032 Fax: (505)820-0435
Published in Santa Fe New Mexican on Jan. 1, 1900