Rudolfo Martinez passed away on March 23, 2020. Mr. Martinez’s immediate family will gather to recite the Holy Rosary today, March 25, at 7:00 p.m., followed by a family service to celebrate his life of 76, at 11:00 a.m., Thursday, March 26, 2020, at Lake Ridge Chapel. In support of our city officials and the health of our community, no other guests will be permitted to attend the in-person event at this time. Family and friends are invited to share memories and expressions of sympathy for the family to cherish and view a live stream of his service in the area below the obituary.
Rudolfo Martinez was born on December 14, 1943, to David P. Martinez, Sr. and Irene Longoria in Wharton, Texas. Rudolfo married San Juanita “Janie” Veliz Martinez on November 29, 1967, in Slaton, Texas.
Rudolfo served in the United States Marine Corps and was sent in 1967 to Camp Pendleton in California. Soon after graduation from bootcamp he was deployed to the Republic of Vietnam as a Rifleman. He served until 1969. During his service, he was awarded a Purple Heart, the Vietnamese Service Medal, National Defence Service Medal, Navy Commendation Medal, and the Navy Achievement Medal with Combat “V” .
He eventually wound up working for the United States Postal Service until his retirement in 2002.
He enjoyed playing golf with his sons and grandchildren. He loved fishing with his family both freshwater and especially saltwater fishing. He was passionate about both into his later years.
His final days were spent surrounded by family and most enjoyed sitting on his back porch watching his grandchildren play, watching the dog chase the squirrels and having his family idly chatting and discussing life around him.
Survivors include his wife, Janie Martinez; three sons, Joven Martinez wife, Jennifer; William Martinez and wife, Veronica; Eric Martinez and wife, Clara; four sisters, Patricia Adame, Teresa Hernandez, Josie Cano, Rosemary Figueroa; and brother, James Morales and wife, Anna.
His grandchildren include: Christopher Martinez, Bianca Martinez, Brissa Martinez, Bella Martinez, Diego Martinez, Natalie Martinez, Brooke Martinez, Jonah Martinez, Zoe Martinez, Sophia Martinez, Zayden Martinez
His great-grandchildren include: Christian Acevedo and Madison Acevedo.
He was preceded in death by his parents, David P. Martinez, Sr. and Irene Longoria; two brothers, David Martinez, Jr. and Joe Martinez;