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Manuel "Mike" Martinez

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Manuel "Mike" Martinez Obituary
Upland – Manuel "Mike" Martinez, 92, passed away on Friday, January 18, 2019, surrounded by his family at home. He is preceded in death by his wife of 60 years, Tina, and is survived by his 2 daughters, Denise Martinez (Monie) and Debbie Epperson, his sister, Gina Olivera, 3 grandchildren, Michael, Erin and Matt, along with his 5 great grandchildren. Raised in Pennsylvania, the son of Manuel and Josefa, Mike was a star athlete in multiple sports, before he enlisted in the Navy and served in World War II. Mike and Tina moved to California in 1952, where they owned and operated a chicken ranch in South Ontario. During the 60's, Mike managed the World Champion Men's Softball Bombers. While working at Pacific Forge in Etiwanda as Plant Superintendent, Mike was also co-owner of Club 66 in Rancho Cucamonga. For many years, he served as president of Club Espanol de Fontana. A true coach at heart, Mike enjoyed watching his grandchildren and great grandchildren play sports, and spent countless hours practicing in the backyard with them. A funeral service will be held on Saturday, February 9, 2019 at 10:00 am at Draper Mortuary in Ontario.
Published in Redlands Daily Facts on Feb. 3, 2019
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