Joe A. Martinez, Jr. 84, of Green River, Wyoming passed away on Thursday, October 13, 2016 at his home with his family by his side.. A longtime resident of Green River, Mr. Martinez died following a brief illness.
He was born on November 24, 1931 in Mora, New Mexico, the son of Joe A. Martinez, Sr. and Rufine Cordova.
Mr. Martinez attended schools in Holman, New Mexico.
He married Phyllis E. Vigil Martinez in Rock Springs, Wyoming on November 17, 1957 and she preceded him in death on February 28, 2012.
Mr. Martinez was a United States Army Veteran of the Korean Conflict and served from 1952 until 1954. He was ranked a Sargent. He also served in the National Guard for eight years.
He was employed as a car man at the Union Pacific Railroad for forty-three years and retired in September of 1993.
He was an avid Denver Broncos and Colorado Rockies fan. He enjoyed spending time with his family, fishing and reminiscing about his Korean Conflict experience.
Survivors include four sons Michael C. Martinez and wife Marilyn, George Martinez and wife Charmi and Johnny Martinez all of Green River, Wyoming and Ernie Martinez and wife Jackie of Casper, Wyoming; six sisters Ida Chailland, Audilia Ortega, Emma Martinez all of Green River, Wyoming, Evie Duran of Mora, New Mexico, Carol Lucero Albuquerque, New Mexico and Darlene Duran of Mora, New Mexico; several nieces, nephews, great-grandchildren and grandchildren also survive.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife Phyllis E. Martinez; two brothers and one sister.
Cremation has taken place and A Celebration of Life with Military Honors will be conducted at 11:00 A.M.,Saturday, November 5, 2016 at the Golden Hour Senior Center, 550 Uinta Drive, Green River, Wyoming.