Richard Martinez

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YORK Richard Martinez, 77, husband of Kay (Keeney) Martinez, died Tuesday, February 25, 2014, at Manor Care South after complications from cardiac surgery. He was born in Kent County, Texas, on April 27, 1936. His parents, Robert and Catherine (Flores) Martinez, children of Mexican immigrants who settled in West Texas, were ranchers near Rotan. He was the second oldest of Robert and Catherine's 11 children. After leaving the University of Texas, he joined the U.S. Army, serving between 1958 and 1961. While in the service, he was assigned to the Army War College in Carlisle. He eventually settled in York, working for the former Bendix Co. as a chemist. He later worked in sales and marketing for several chemical companies, first for Lea Ronal and retiring from Dow Chemical in 2009. He had a wide variety of interests. In retirement, he rekindled his love for music and after researching digital recording and doing exercises to strengthen his voice, he recorded a number of songs that he shared with friends, family and whoever found it on YouTube. He read widely about history, politics and other topics that interested him. He was a brilliant man with a sharp, incisive mind. He was curious about just about everything and when he would start learning about something, he wouldn't stop until he knew pretty much all there was to know. He was able to look at things, whether it was politics or history, from different angles and come up with original conclusions. He had been writing a historical novel, based on his family and upbringing in rural Texas, a work that he had planned to complete as he recovered from surgery. He was also planning, once his book was finished, returning to art he drew and painted when he was younger and painting. He was an optimist, a happy person who loved life and all of its possibilities. He loved his family more than anything. He and Kay marked their 41st wedding anniversary on January 15, 2014. Very little made him happier than sitting around the table with his family and enjoying a good dinner. He is survived by three children, Anna "Cine" Katrina Martinez-Argento, and her husband, Mike of York, Adam K. Martinez and his wife, Kimberly Janey-Martinez of Savannah, Ga., and Andrew R. Martinez of York; two grandchildren, Anthony Argento of Hanover and William Janey-Martinez of Savannah; nine siblings, Marie Fowler of Austin, Joe Martinez of Dallas, Catherine Fretz of Collegeville, John Martinez of Wichita Falls, Texas, Fred Martinez of Lake Jackson, Texas, Maurice Martinez of Abilene, Monica Morgan of Dallas, Delila Rains of Pittsburgh, and Margaret Mary Martinez of Abilene. A brother, Dr. Robert Martinez, preceded him in death. The service will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Life Tributes by Olewiler & Heffner Funeral Chapel and Crematory, Inc., 35 Gotham Place, Red Lion, with visitation an hour before the service. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the SPCA of York County, 3159 Susquehanna Trail North, York, PA, 17406. Send Condolences at BestLifeTributes.com
Funeral Home
Olewiler & Heffner Funeral Home
35 Gotham Drive Red Lion, PA 17356
(717) 244-6991
Funeral Home Details
Published in York Daily Record & York Dispatch on Feb. 27, 2014
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