My departure from this life occurred Jan. 7, 2019, as a result of severe complications from diabetes. I was born Aug. 20, 1933, in Taos, New Mexico, to Lucio and Mary Ursula Martinez, the second of seven children. I served in the U.S. Army between 1950 and 1953. I retired from Tooele Army Depot after 40 years of federal service.
I am survived by the most amazing person on the face of this earth, the most loving, forgiving partner and wife, Peggy (Abbott). I was fortunate to have her by my side for 65 years, unsure how she did it!; six sons and one daughter, Fred (Terri), Kenney (Sylvia), Joey, Paul, Diane McArthur (Matt), Victor, Jeffrey (Amber); 14 grandchildren; two step grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; two step great-grandchildren; five beloved brothers and sisters, Vangie Aguilar, Albert, Lillian Olsen (Roger), Gilbert (Julia), Manuel (Laurel); sister-in-law Delores Martinez; and many nieces and nephews.
I was preceded in my passing by my parents, my brother Lucio, and three incredible grandchildren: Brooks and Eric Martinez, and Patricia McArthur.
I enjoyed spending time at the fraternal organizations in Tooele and had good times with many friends who were made by bartending at the Elks and Eagles for many years.
I didn’t have much to offer the world and have many regrets. I pray Almighty God forgives my faults and leads me to life everlasting in the Kingdom of Heaven.
In closing, I would like to share my favorite quote: “Cowards die many times before their death — the valiant taste of death but once!”
Adios, goodbye… until we meet again.
Funeral Mass will be held at St. Marguerite Catholic Church on Saturday, Jan. 12, beginning at 11 a.m., with visitation one hour prior from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. A luncheon will follow at the Eagles Lodge. Burial services will be conducted at a later date. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to St. Marguerite Catholic School in Fred’s name.