Joe Nemecio Martinez died Saturday, Dec. 31, 2016, at Larchwood Inn in Grand Junction. He was 100.
Rosary and a funeral service took place Jan. 10 at St. Michael's Catholic Church in Delta. Interment followed at Mesa View Cemetery.
Mr. Martinez was born in Parkview, N.M., July 10, 1916, to Elemin and Carmelita Martinez. He spent his childhood and attended school in Parkview and Los Brazos, N.M.
On July 3, he married Frances Ruybal in Alamosa. They were married 64 years before her death in 2001.
Mr. Martinez was a member of St. Michael's Catholic Church. He enjoyed riding horses, fishing, cutting firewood, working around his house and yard, and spending time with his family.
He is survived by six sons, Tony, Art, Will, Steve, Martin and Anthony Martinez; four daughters, Elva Crespin, Geraldine Gallegos, Elizabeth Dahl and Carmen Abeyta; a sister, Mary Martinez; 37 grandchildren; and numerous great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his wife, two sons, two sisters and a brother.
Taylor Funeral Service and Crematory is handling the arrangements.
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