Johnnie Martinez passed away Tuesday, June 18th, 2013. He was born in Yuma, Arizona on January 14th, 1954 to Jesus and Josephine Martinez.
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Johnnie married Anna Bitner on April 15, 1972 and renewed their vows in Hawaii on April 17, 2007. They were happily married for 41 years.
Johnnie worked for the City of Yuma for 41 years in Fleet Services. Johnnie loved hunting with his son, spoiling his grandchildren, golf, softball and Nascar. He was a long time coach and umpire for Yuma girls softball. He was a loyal member of the Elk's Lodge. Johnnie was a loving Husband, Father and Grandfather.
Johnnie is survived by his wife, Anna; son, Chris Martinez, daughter, Sophie (Rick Hyatt) Martinez; grandchildren, Brian Martinez-Rochester, Jordan Stone, Tyler Stone, Micah Stone, and Anthony Hyatt. Brothers, Raymond Gonzales, Alex (Carol) Martinez and Roger (Cindy) Martinez. Sisters, Teresa (Jesse) Franco, Rachel Martinez, and Becky "Cookie" (Gilbert) Miranda.
Johnnie was preceded in death by his parents and sister, Lucia Vargas.
A Funeral Mass will be held at Immaculate Conception on Tuesday, June 25th from 10:00 am to 11:00 am. Burial will follow at Desert Lawn Memorial Park. A Celebration of Life will be held at the Elk's Lodge at 4:00 pm.
Published in The Yuma Sun on June 23, 2013