OBITUARY: Manuel “Mannie” Martinez, Jr. of Española
Manuel “Mannie” Martinez, Jr. of Espanola, NM passed away unexpectedly in Santa Fe, NM on September 13th, 2015 at the age of 75.
Manuel is survived by his daughter Liz Martinez of Espanola, NM; granddaughter Kyanna Martinez of Espanola, NM; grandson Travis Martinez and his wife Britney Martinez of Los Alamos, NM; & close family friend Linda Collier of Los Alamos, NM. He is preceded in death by his wife Pauline C. Martinez of Espanola, NM; mother Louisa Martinez of La Villita, NM; his sister Melina Trujillo of Chamita, NM; & brother Dennis Martinez of La Villita, NM.
Manuel was a man of many titles: father, papa, son, brother, pipefitter, friend, and perhaps even a few other choice words that cannot be said here, yet he was proud of every one of them.
He was the first child born to Manuel Martinez Sr. and Luisa Martinez of La Villita. In high school, Manuel was very proud to be on the basketball team: he was very proud to be a benchwarmer. He would often tell stories of sitting in class behind Tillie Martinez so he could cheat off of her answers in order to keep his grades up to play. That basketball jersey caught the eye of a young clarinetist at high school named Pauline Vigil, who he would soon call his wife. After graduation, Manuel and Pauline got married and had a daughter named Elizabeth.
Manuel got his first job as a pipefitter working for his father-in-law Manuel Martinez of M&M plumbing. Later he joined local union 412 and worked in Los Alamos for Zia Pan Am and JCNM. He enjoyed many years in Los Alamos, as his job led to many lifetime friendships. After retirement in 1999, he spent many years caring for his wife, even when she fell ill, and spending time with his family. He was very proud of his family, and made sure to tell everyone when he got the chance.
Manuel had a unique gift of building and repairing; he liked to make crafts with his hands that were often both functional and beautiful. His passions in life included camping, hunting, and fishing with his friends and family, being a brother in the Knights of Columbus and helping the Knights on bingo night, and simply enjoying life.
Some of the families’ favorite memories include: making mini sopapillas, tortillas, red chile, grilled cheese, fish fries, and chicharrones in the back yard. Manuel was an excellent cook, and often invited friends over to enjoy his food, drink a beer, and celebrate life together.
Manuel was a stubborn, proud, and passionate man who loved nothing more than his family, friends, and simply enjoying life. His philosophy was “my way or the highway,” and perhaps we did not realize it at the time, but looking back now he was usually right. Thank you all for taking the time to celebrate his life and lessons he taught all of us – as Manuel would say “cuidado.”
The family would like to thank Christus St. Vincent Hospital, DeVargas Funeral Home, Sacred Heart Church, & all family & friends for their compassionate care, prayers, & support.