John L. Martinez

Born: Tue., Jan. 2, 1923
Died: Mon., Feb. 25, 2013


6:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Fri., Mar. 01, 2013
Location: First Presbyterian Church of Leadville

Funeral Service

10:00 AM Sat., Mar. 02, 2013
Location: First Presbyterian Church of Leadville

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John L. Martinez, 90 of Red Cliff, Colorado since 1942 passed away on Monday, February 25, 2013 at St. Anthony Hospital, Lakewood, Colorado.  He was born on January 2, 1923 in Los Pinos, New Mexico to Tomas and Paublita (Ruybal) Martinez.  John married Jane D. (Medina) Martinez who preceded him in death in 1990.
Prior to retirement in 1979, John was employed as mine foreman at New Jersey Zinc Company in Gilman, Colorado and was also a small business owner in Red Cliff.  He was active in the Democratic Party, the Red Cliff Fire Department, was a former Director of Red Cliff Water Works and a former Council Member for the Town of Red Cliff.  He worked on bringing the first television transmission to Red Cliff and was also a former Secretary / Treasurer for the AFL/CIO.  John especially enjoyed outdoor activities including fishing, hiking, hunting, four wheeling and snowmobiling.  He also enjoyed collecting rocks and antiques.
John is survived by his daughters Diana Cisneros and Judy Pena and Phillip; his sons John L. Martinez, Jr. and Dana, Billy Martinez and wife Nancy and Rick Martinez; brothers Harold Martinez and Manuel Martinez; sister Mary Valdez; grandchildren Veronica Ross, Dr. Rick Pena, Juan Pena, James Martinez, Justin Martinez, John M. Martinez, Brittany Martinez, Ricci Jo Martinez, Rumaldo Cisneros, Marika Cisneros and 15 great grandchildren.  He was preceded in death by his wife, mother and father, three sisters and six brothers.
A visitation will be held from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Friday, March 1, 2013 at First Presbyterian Church, W. 3rd Street and McWethy Dr., Leadville, Colorado.  Funeral Services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, March 2, 2013 at First Presbyterian Church, Leadville.  Burial will be at Greenwood Cemetery in Red Cliff, Colorado immediately following funeral services at approximately 12:00 p.m. with a reception to follow at the Red Cliff Community Center.

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Eugene Gonzales
   Posted Thu February 28, 2013
Diana, Judy and John - My condolences for your loss. May God bless you and your family with His Peace as you mourn; and, with His Wisdom in your decision making. Will try to make the funeral.

Gene and Myra Gonzales
30955 Elk Meadow Way
Buena Vista, CO 81211
(719) 395-6698

Rudy (Shorty) Lopez
   Posted Thu February 28, 2013
Our deepest condolence, we have many fond memories of Juan Luis.

Love, Rudy (Shorty) and Patty Lopez

Juan Roybal Jr.
   Posted Thu February 28, 2013
I was sad to hear that Juan Luis had passed away, please accept our deepest condolences from the Roybal Family, to the Martinez Family.

Jack Holmes
   Posted Thu February 28, 2013
Dear Family of John L. Martinez:

We were very sad to hear of the passing of John L. Martinez. He was a leading citizen of Red Cliff and contributed much to the community. Our memories of him are fond, and we appreciated his kindness to us and our guests over many years. He will be missed by all of us. God Bless all of you during this difficult time.

Jack and Linda Holmes

Darlene Duran
   Posted Thu February 28, 2013
Billy & Nancy and all Martinez Family. I'm sorry to hear about the loss of your dad. Keeping you all in thought and prayer during this sad time. May he rest in peace.

labrie madril
   Posted Thu February 28, 2013
To all your family my sincere sympathy may god be with all of you at this time. Labrie and family

Frances Barela
   Posted Thu February 28, 2013
Dear family members of John,

May God be with you during this difficult time. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

Frances Barela

Isidore Pena
   Posted Thu February 28, 2013
Sending my thoughts and prayers to the entire Martinez family during this difficult time. May John rest in peace and you all share the wonderful memories you had with him. A special hug to my nephews Rick and Juan and my wonderful sister-in-law Judy. God bless you all.

Isidore Pena

Barbara Shivley
   Posted Sat March 02, 2013
Judy - So sorry to hear of your father's passing. He lead a long and interesting life and was fortunate to have such a caring family and extended group of close friends. Thinking of you during this difficult time and hope that the fond memories will bring you comfort. My sincere condolences - Barbara Shivley

Kent Mason
   Posted Sat March 02, 2013
When I moved to Redcliff in the 80s it was Johnny who kinda took me under his wing showing me around where to hunt and fish.He made me join the Fire department,It was my duty he said. I remember going to his store for a six pack and staying for hours listing to his stories of the past and what went on in town that day. Whenever I think of those days in Redcliff I think of him. God Bless the Martinez family. Kent

Edward Quintana
   Posted Sat March 02, 2013
I'm sorry for your loss. I will always have fond memories of John. I still have a knife he gave me for Christmas.He will be missed. You all are in my thoughts and prayers. Gods grace be with you during this time. Edward Quintana

Jim Vigil
   Posted Fri March 08, 2013
To the Juan Luis Family,

We were saddened to hear about the death of Juan Luis. Growing up in Red Cliff in the 1950s and 60's I remember Juan Luis always with a twinkle in his eye and a smile on his face!! He was a pillar of Red Cliff and of the community, and in his later years an icon of the little town and community.

My best regards to each of you, and again my family's condolences.

Jim Vigil

Rosa Leo
   Posted Wed April 08, 2015
Querida Diana... un abrazo de parte de Rosa y Leo..

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