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Joseph Gilbert “Tarzan” Martinez

Death 9 Jun 2008
Burial Ohkay Owingeh, Rio Arriba County, New Mexico, USA
Memorial ID 27761071 · View Source
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Joseph Gilbert Aka "Tarzan" Martinez

Age 55, a resident of Ohkay Owingeh passed away on Monday, June 9, 2008. He was preceded in death by his mother, Esther (Bluewater) Martinez; brothers, Paul Anthony and Joe Ortiz, Tony (Ponsa), Eloy and Fidel (Castro) Martinez and grandparents, Antonio B. and Juanita C. Ortiz. He is survived by his daughter, Billie Esther Martinez of Cherokee, NC; brother, Tony; sisters, Josephine Binford, Marie and spouse Ricardo Sanchez, all of Ohkay Owingeh, Mercedes and spouse Hank Beckerhoff of Farmington, numerous nieces and nephews and other relatives and friends. Joseph Gilbert was known to many as Tarzan. Tarzan was a very loving, caring father, brother, uncle and friend. His daughter, Billie Esther was the star of his life. He looked forward to her telephone calls when he spoke to her, it put twinkles in his lovely green eyes and his face would brighten up like the sun. The happiness would overflow to those around him. He loved and respected his community of Ohkay Owingeh. He was always willing to give a helping hand and was a great babysitter to his nieces, nephews and/or pets. He had a very special way in calming a crying child. Being confined to a wheelchair did not put limitations on his life. He strived for independent living and always did his best. He was a good listener to those who seek his advice at times of trouble and pain. Tarzan enjoyed the outdoors camping and fishing, sitting in the sunshine for warmth or sitting by the river banks to energize his soul. But, cover your ears if the "Big fish" broke loose and got away. With Tarzan, if he would smile, we smile with him. If he cried, we cry with him. If he was in pain, we felt the pain. If he got angry, we got out of the way. We Love You. Tarzan was laid to rest on June 11, 2008 at the Ohkay Owingeh Tribal Cemetery.

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  • Created by: Kenneth D. Bogard
  • Added: 23 Jun 2008
  • Find A Grave Memorial 27761071
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Joseph Gilbert “Tarzan” Martinez (unknown–9 Jun 2008), Find A Grave Memorial no. 27761071, citing Ohkay Owingeh Pueblo Cemetery, Ohkay Owingeh, Rio Arriba County, New Mexico, USA ; Maintained by Kenneth D. Bogard (contributor 46562702) .