Jacobo D. "Coach Jake" Martinez

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JACOBO (JAKE) D. MARTINEZ SR. Jacobo D. Martinez Sr., (Coach Jake) 88 - Loving husband, father, leader and longtime resident of Santa Fe, died at his home in Santa Fe on Monday, June 9, 2014 after a brief battle with cancer. Born and raised in Grenville, New Mexico, Coach Martinez was an influential educator and coach, and a respected community leader in Santa Fe and throughout northern New Mexico. His major accomplishment was raising a close-knit family with his wife of 63 years and emphasizing a strong faith in God, respect for others, the value of education and hard work to his children throughout their lives. He was a WWII veteran and was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Air Medal, Soldiers Medal, Meritorious Service, Good Conduct, Asiatic-Pacific Theater, American Theater, and Victory Medal; he later served in the New Mexico State (National) Guard having attained the rank of Brigadier General. As a basketball coach he received numerous accolades including the 1963 Associated Press NM Coach of the Year, 1966 NM Sportswriters Association Coach of the Year, and 1971 U.S. Basketball Writers Association Coach of the Year awards and led the Pecos High School Panthers to their only Boys State Tournament Championship in 1966 and a runner-up finish in 1967. His teams at Pecos and Pojoaque HS captured three combined Northern Rio Grande Tournament Championships. Under his previous guidance, St. Gertrude's HS (Mora) would surprise many by winning the 1962 Stu Clark Tournament. He was a Senior Counselor at New Mexico Boy's State for forty years. As a two-term Santa Fe County Commissioner, Jake also served as President of the New Mexico Association of Counties and as an officer with the National Association of Counties. Jake was a recognized leader in the Democratic Party and a member of the D.A.V., Elks Lodge #460, and La Sociedad Colonial Espanola de Santa Fe. He served on the Santa Fe Senior Citizens Board and was a founding board Member of the Marty Sanchez Links de Santa Fe and the Genoveva Chavez Community Advisory Board. He supported Santa Fe youth organizations with his participation including Babe Ruth Baseball, American Legion Baseball and the Boys and Girls Club. In 2006 the Santa Fe County Board of Commissioners dedicated the Jacob D. Martinez Community Housing Site in his honor. Coach Martinez graduated from St. Michael's High School, earned his Bachelor's degree from St. Michael's College, and his Master of Arts degree at St. John's College as the first Hispanic graduate to earn this degree at the Santa Fe campus. His other honors, commitments, interests and accomplishments in life are simply too numerous to mention. Coach Martinez was preceded in death by his parents, Jose Antonio Martinez and Maria Emilia Mares, his siblings Luz (Aurora), Manuel (Martha), Jose (Teresa), Miguel (Patricia), Ernest (Amenia), Euservia Lucero (Procopio), Helen Feind (Lloyd), as well as brothers Cornelio, Pat and Jerry; baby brothers Abel and Luis. He is survived by his wife Ana Maria (Mary) Martinez; sons: Mario X. Martinez and wife Alice, Jacob D. Martinez, Jr. and wife Michelle, and Gerard J. Mart¡nez and wife Shanna of Santa Fe; daughter: Dr. Maria Mart¡nez Bain and husband Dr. Steve Bain; brothers, Marcelino and wife Bonnie, Ted and wife Marlene; and sister, Antoinette Perea and husband Clarence; sisters-in-law, Carmen Martinez, Graciela Martinez, Ruth Martinez, and Grace Lujan; brothers-in-law, Ray Valencia and Bob Valencia, 14 grandchildren, 4 great grandchildren, 9 Godchildren, numerous nieces, nephews, relatives, friends and "fourth sons". A viewing will be held on Wednesday, June 18, 2014 at 6:30 pm at St. Anthony's Catholic Church in Pecos and a Rosary will be prayed at 7 pm. An additional viewing will be held on Thursday, June 19, 2014 at 6:30 pm at Santa Maria de la Paz Catholic Community and a Rosary will be prayed at 7 pm. Roman Catholic Christian Mass will be celebrated on Friday, June 20, 2014 at 9 am at Santa Maria de la Paz Catholic Community. Military Interment will follow at 11:15 am, National Cemetery in Santa Fe. Afterwards, the Martinez family will host a reception at the Santa Maria de la Paz Catholic Community Parish Hall. In lieu of flowers, gifts may be made in celebration of Jacobo Martinez' life to support the Ana Maria & Jacobo Martinez Scholarship for mathematics and bilingual educators. Checks may be made to the "NMSU Foundation, Inc.", memo or correspondence should state "Ana Maria & Jacobo Martinez Endowed Scholarship in the College of Education." Gifts may be mailed Attn: R. Peterson, Gift Planning Director, NMSU Foundation, Inc., P.O Box 3590 Las Cruces, NM 88003. Gifts may also be made online at http://fndforms.nmsu.edu/giving.php. BERARDINELLI FAMILY FUNERAL SERVICE 1399 Luisa Street Santa Fe, NM 87505 (505) 984-8600 Please sign our guestbook for the family at: www.berardinellifuneralhome.com
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Berardinelli Family Funeral Service
1399 Luisa Street Santa Fe, NM 87505
(505) 984-8600
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Published in Santa Fe New Mexican from June 15 to June 18, 2014
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