Ignacio Martinez

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Ignacio Martinez

Born April 17, 1940 in Coalcoman, Michoacan, Mexico to Elvira Genel and Manuel Martinez. He passed away at age 77 in Albuquerque on Sunday, December 3, 2017 surrounded by his loving family.

"Nacho" as he was known to all came to the U.S. in 1960. He settled in California where he picked fruit in the San Fernando Valley.

He moved to Eureka, CA in September 1963 when he began to work in Louisiana Pacific's sawmill on Samoa, CA. He married Claudia Shipley on Sept. 26, 1964. He welcomed the birth of his daughter Marta on Oct. 30, 1967.

He traveled to Mexico to visit family and friends many times. He was medically retired in 1999 after a work injury. He moved to Los Lunas, NM in 2010. He loved his family, friends, roses, and walking on the beach collecting agates, shells and rocks.

He leaves his loving wife of 53 yrs. and daughter "Partner in crime." He is also survived by a brother, sisters, nieces, nephews and many more family and good friends in Mexico, California and New Mexico.

We wish to thank the doctors and medical staff of UNM's Medical ICU who became like family. Rest in peace, Nacho.

There were celebrations of life in New Mexico and California in December 2017.

Published in Albuquerque Journal on Feb. 11, 2018