Anthony Raymond John Martinez

Anthony Raymond John Martinez, 58, of Espanola, New Mexico, passed away surrounded by family on Oct. 18. He was born to Orlando and Diana (Garcia) Martinez on Aug. 31, 1963 and was raised in Leadville.

Upon graduating from high school, Martinez enlisted in the U.S. Navy. He spent 20 years proudly serving his country upon many vessels including the USS Clark and the USS Theodore Roosevelt as a gunners mate and armorer. Upon his retirement from the Navy, Martinez continued to serve his country at Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico.

Martinez was a son, brother, father, uncle, grandfather and friend. He will be remembered as a beloved and caring man. His family always came first. He loved riding his Harley, spending time with his canine companions Bella and Piggy and rooting for the Denver Broncos. He was also a member of the Sangre De Cristo HOG Chapter.

Martinez was preceded in death by his brother Orlando Martinez and his grandmother Senaida Martinez.

Martinez is survived by his parents Orlando and Diana Martinez of Leadville; his sister Donna Martinez and nephew Matthew Esquibel of Los Alamos, New Mexico; his sister-in-law Patricia Martinez of Denver; his children Anthony Martinez (Amanda), Raymond Martinez, Audrina Martinez (Carlos) and Rueben Martinez (Alicia); his grandchildren Jazmin and Kaylee Ramirez, Raymond Jr., Samantha, Jeremy and Gabriel Martinez, and Andrew Quintana; his nephews Orlando, Nathan and Jeremy Martinez and Brian Esquibel; as well as his many cherished relatives and friends.

Services will be held at 11:30 a.m. on Nov. 17 at Holy Cross Catholic Church in Santa Cruz. An Interment will take place at the Santa Fe National Cemetery at 1:30 p.m. in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Pallbearers will include Orlando Martinez Sr., Raymond Martinez, Anthony Martinez Jr., Rueben Martinez, Matthew Esquibel and Brian Esquibel.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made in Martinez’s name to a favorite veteran’s organization.

The family of Martinez entrusted the care of their loved one to the DeVargas Funeral Home & Crematory of the Espanola Valley.