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Joe Martinez

May 6, 1939 — March 23, 2022

Joe Martinez

Joe Frank (Pancho) Martinez died on March 24, 2022 in his home.  Pancho was born May 6, 1939 to Jose De Gracia Martinez and Todosia Martinez.  He is preceded in death by his parents, Brothers Carlos, Ted, Luna and Sister Grace.  In-Laws are Robert Montoya and Celia Martinez.  He is survived by his Wife Paula Martinez, Sons Frank (Sandra), Paul, Oscar (Danielle) Daughter Jennifer.  11 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren and 8 grand dogs.  Brothers and sisters Lonny (Hope), Linda, Arlinda, Guadalupe, Esmeralda, Delfina, Jody, Johnny, Abraham, and Edward.  Born in Monero, NM, he then moved to Utah as a child with his family.  He attended Weber State University and proudly served in the US Army. He met the love of his life, his sweetheart Paula at the age of 28 on a trip to Mexico with his Dad and family. When he saw her he knew she would be his bride and one year later he married Maria Paula Pereida on May 6, 1968 in Colotlan, Jalisco, Mexico.   They started their family traveling through New México, Arizona, Wyoming, and Utah. They settled in Utah for 27 years. Pancho worked at H.A.F.B. for 26 years and retired in 1997. Pancho moved to New Mexico to enjoy his retirement years. Pancho cherished his family and lived for his kids and grandchildren.  His greatest joy was his family. He spent many summers with the grandkids they were his constant companions going fishing and on his many food deliveries. He was always giving advice and teaching life values. Pancho was the original tamale man, he was well known all over Utah and New Mexico delivering Paula’s delicious tamales and burritos. Everyone looked forward to his morning deliveries.   Pancho enjoyed fishing, visiting people and talking to anyone who would listen. He enjoyed long drives and in his early years enjoyed camping and being outdoors. Where ever he was he enjoyed a good nap. Pancho loved his Spanish music and any chance he could dance he would. His signature look was sharp pants, dress shoes, bolo tie and fancy hats. He was always a well-dressed man. There was never a dull moment with Pancho. He was always on the go and up for any adventure. He was bigger than life and will be missed by all who knew him. “I love you all and be a good family”. Joe F Martinez Special thanks to the DaVita and San Juan medical care givers as they had all known him by first name and cared for him for 8 years. Services will be held at Iglesia Bautista 1108 North Dustin Farmington, NM at 11:00 AM

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