Herman Martinez Sr.

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    - Roy Padilla
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    - Lizzie Gallegos
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Martinez Sr., Herman

Herman Martinez Sr., a lifelong resident of Albuquerque, NM went home to be with the Lord to receive his rewards on May 25, 2017. He was born on January 24th, 1945. Herman Martinez Sr. played an instrumental role in New Mexico Music, he began his music career at the age of 6 playing the trumpet. Mr. Martinez also formed Alta Vista Records(1967) and Chelly Publishing, he recorded various artist with 23 Gold Records, and 4 Grammy's. In 2016 he was also inducted into the New Mexico Music Hall of Fame.

He is survived by his wife Catherine Martinez, Son Herman Martinez Jr. and Sonia, Daughters Michelle and husband John E. Rael, Lizzie and husband Lorenzo Gallegos III, Grandchildren Felicia and Nichole Martinez, Gabriel and Priscilla Rael, Amanda, Lorenzo IV, Melody and Tiffany Gallegos and 6 great-grandchildren. A memorial service will be held on June 2, 2017 at 11am at Sagebrush Church 6440 Coors Blvd, Albuq., NM, reception to follow at the Moose Lodge 2121 Edith Blvd. NE. To view service information or leave a condolence please visit



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Albuquerque, NM 87102


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Published in Albuquerque Journal on May 28, 2017