|Antonio Jose "Tony" Martinez, Sr|
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|Birth: ||Nov. 4, 1919|
|Death: ||Oct. 6, 2010|
Antonio Jose "Tony" Martinez Sr., of Roy, passed away peacefully Wednesday, Oct. 6, 2010, at Raton Nursing and Rehab Residence Home in Raton, where he had resided for a year and a half after a stroke in January 2009.
Tony had an extremely rich Spanish heritage. The ancestors of Don Antonio Jose Severino Martinez settled in Taos in the 1580's. The Martinez Hacienda in Taos is a museum in honor of the Martinez ancestral family. It was a fort where the Spaniards fought the Indians at that time. The family acquired land in Black Lake, Colfax County, and Harding County.
He was born Nov. 4, 1919, on the family ranch homestead of Carrizo in Harding County. He attended school in DeHaven and graduated from Roy High School in 1938. He spent long-long days working on the ranch, breaking horses, branding cattle, and riding the range, along with all ranch work during the depression and afterwards. He then acquired his own ranch at Yates where he lived all his life raising cattle and sheep. All of his seven children worked the ranch with him along with his wife. In his later years, his daughter Sandra and her family lived with him to take care of him due to a rare neurological condition that disabled him. His son Tony Jr. and family also live there and helped him run the ranch.
He married Mollie Esquibel May 6, 1946, in Mosquero. Out of this union were born seven children. He is survived by four daughters and one son: Rose Kirkland of Arlington, Texas, Tony and Kathy Martinez of Roy, Dolores Mitchell of Maxwell, Julia and Dewey Cook of Ponca City, Okla., and Sandra DeLaho of Roy. Surviving him are also two sisters and one brother: Carolina Gonzales of Albuquerque, Maria Sanchez of Roy and D.M. (Teddy) Martinez of Roy.
Tony was preceded in death by his parents Doroteo (D.M) Martinez, who died in 1962; his mother, Carolina, who died in 1964; his wife, Mollie, of 39 years, who passed away Jan. 1, 1985; a son, Louie in 1966; a daughter, Priscilla Shripka in 1996; a grandson, Nathan Romero and son-in-law Joseph Romero May 5, 1984; and brothers Lazaro, Epimenio, and Arturo Martinez.
Surviving him are eight grandchildren whom Tony adored: George Kirkland, T.J. Martinez, Lesle Martinez, Jack Martinez, Patrick Romero, Brendon Cook, Samantha DeLaho and Dustin Delaho as well as step-grandchildren Eric, Shawn and Tiana Mitchell, and four great-grandchildren, Christopher, Harley and Shelby Romero, and Peyton Kirkland, as well as many nieces and nephews. and Peyton Kirkland), as well as many nieces and nephews.
Tony had many friends. He had a genuine love for people and his fellow man. His wife Mollie used to say that he could be in a room of 100 people and by the end of the day, he would know their names, where they lived, and all about their families. Tony can be described as being very hard working, eccentric, disciplined, fun-loving, practical, and saw the humor in everything. He always had a positive attitude and could see the ‘silver lining' in all of life's painful experiences. He will be remembered as saying that "Everything was lovely" and used to tell the nurses they were "lovely" at his residence home.
Tony loved to hunt and travel. He will be remembered as a man of strong character, morals, and values. He was authentic and was always looking for ways in which to contribute to the life of friends and family by calling, sending them written notes, and offering to help in times of crisis. Throughout his lifetime, he gave away many vegetables from his garden and many pounds of home-grown beef.
He was also very active in the cattle industry. He was a lifelong member of the New Mexico Cattle Growers Association, member of the Harding County Tax Committee in 1962, New Mexico Farm Bureau President from 1969-1973, New Mexico Livestock Association President from 1969-1972, New Mexico Land Office Advisory Committee member from 1969-1974, and member of the New Mexico Livestock Advisory Committee to the State Department of Agriculture. Tony contributed to many community organizations such as the Roy School system, Harding County FFA, and 4-H.
A rosary will be held at the Roy Family Church Sunday, Oct. 10. Check with the funeral home for a definite time. The funeral church service will be held Monday, Oct. 11, in Roy at the Holy Family Church at 11 a.m. The burial will be at the family homestead at Carrizo Cemetery. The family will host a dinner for all family and friends at the Roy Community Building after the burial around 2:30 to 3:30 p.m.
Pallbearers will be his six grandsons: Patrick Romero, George Kirkland, T.J. Martinez, Jack Martinez, Dustin DeLaho and Brendon Cook.
Honorary pallbearers will be Charles Martinez, Denis Martinez, Shawn Mitchell, Michael Montez, Joe Esquibel and Jerry Bada.
Funeral home arrangements are being made by Alderette-Pomeroy Funeral Home of Raton, http://www.alderette-pomeroy.com. The body will be available for viewing Saturday, Oct. 9, at Alderette-Pomeroy Funeral Home at a time to be announced. Please check with the funeral home.
New Mexico, USA
Created by: Kenneth D. Bogard
Record added: Oct 08, 2010
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