Samuel G. Martinez (1944 - 2019)

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Service Information
Rivera Family Funeral Home & Crematory
305 Calle Salazar
Espanola, NM
Wednesday, May 15, 2019
7:00 PM
Immaculate Conception Catholic Church
Las Vegas, NM
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Mass of Christian Burial
Thursday, May 16, 2019
9:00 AM
Immaculate Conception Catholic Church
Las Vegas, NM
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Thursday, May 16, 2019
12:45 PM
Santa Fe National Cemetery

Samuel Gilberto Martinez, of Las Vegas, N.M., 74, passed away, surrounded by many of his family members in Albuquerque, N.M., late on the night of Sunday, May 5, 2019.
Samuel was born in the majestic city of Mora, N.M. to Maclovia and Benjamin Martinez on Nov. 29, 1944. He was a veteran and retired school teacher.
He attended Mora Schools, where he graduated high school and, shortly thereafter, joined the military.
As a young man, he served our country from 1963 to 1966 as an auto repairman/mechanic for the U.S. Army, First Calvary, Ninth Division, exiting with an honorable discharge.
Upon his return, he continued his education at Highlands University, earning a master's degree in childhood education. He then became a well-known and respected special education teacher and, later, a sixth-grade teacher for Mora Schools, where he eventually retired.
He commuted daily from his home in Las Vegas, where he resided peacefully on Harris Road.
A man of his faith and a lifelong member of the Immaculate Conception Church in Las Vegas, he loved taking his daughters and grandchildren to church with him on Sundays and any other time he could make a service.
His favorite hobby was that of an avid fisherman who was actually told by his late Brother Alfonso, aka partner in crime, "SAM, YOU FISH WITH A VENGEANCE!"
They enjoyed so many trips together that there likely was not a stream, river or lake in beautiful New Mexico that they hadn't conquered! He loved the great outdoors and traveling to visit family and friends in the states and abroad!
As a matter of fact, he was lucky to travel to the Holy Land with the famous Father George Salazar, among many other friends and church members, a trip he constantly raved about! He made sure to bring the gift of a rosary back to each of his siblings back from Jerusalem.
Samuel was always keeping himself busy fixing and improving things around his home and those of others as well. Idle hands, he would say, are the Devil's workshop!
He was also a social butterfly spending much of his spare time around the city at the VFW hall or local coffee shops and Walmart, where he met Luz, his lovely lady who shared the past 17 years of his life with him.
He truly enjoyed meeting new friends or shooting the breeze with old ones.
Samuel was a VERY GENEROUS man who was known for his hilarious and jokey sense of humor! He was adventurous, loving, kindhearted, thoughtful, and knowledgeable, always stressing the importance of continuing one's education.
Samuel was always willing to lend a helping hand to those he loved and even a stranger he had just met.
He was the best son, brother, father, uncle, cousin, grandfather, great grandfather and friend anyone could ever be blessed with! Mr. Martinez had the wisdom to dispense the best advice anyone needed.
Samuel will be forever loved and sincerely missed by all who were privileged enough to know or have met him, a man wise beyond his 74 blessed years on earth! Samuel is survived by his son, Sammy Maes; daughters Flora Martinez and Marcia Martinez, 10 grandchildren and one great-grandchild, along with five wonderful sisters: Rose, Ernestine, Jane, Gloria and Frances, and three loving brothers: David, Dan and Margarito.
He was preceded in death by his sister, Margaret Martinez; his father, Benjamin; his mother, Maclovia; several nieces, nephews, cousins and two brothers, George Martinez and Alfonso Martinez.
Both services will take place at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Las Vegas. The rosary will be prayed by Mrs. Carla O'Neil Wednesday, May 15, 7 p.m. The Mass of Christian Burial will be on Thursday, May 16, 9 a.m., followed by the burial at the Santa Fe National Cemetery at 12:45 p.m.
A very special thanks to Mr. Jim Martinez and Rivera Family Funeral Home in Española, N.M.
Published in Las Vegas Optic on May 15, 2019
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