Manuel F. Martinez Jr.
Oct. 28, 1932 - Oct. 30, 2018
Manuel F. Martinez Jr. died peacefully with his wife and family by his side on 10/28/18 in SSF, CA. He was 85 years old.
Manuel is survived by his wife, Margarita (Castro) Martinez, his children Darlina Field, Sylvia Medina, Cynthia Maffei, Roberto Martinez, and Edward Martinez; his brothers Alberto Martinez and Jesus Martinez; and many beautiful grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, and nephews.
He is preceded in death by his parents Manuel Martinez and Maria (Fuentes) Martinez, his sons Manuel Martinez III and Samuel Martinez, and 4 brothers and 2 sisters.
Manny was born on October 30, 1932 in El Paso, Texas. He was a proud graduate of Bowie High School in El Paso Class of 1951. He enlisted in the United States Marine Corps, where he served from 1951-1953 with the 1st Marine Division 5th Marines Regiment spending 13 months and 1 day in the Korean war. He married his middle school sweetheart, Margie, in 1954 and resided in South San Francisco. They raised their 6 children, who will forever remember their father as a kind, honest and hard-working gentleman who provided for them and encouraged them to pursue their life goals.
His career with Ford Motor Company lasted three and a half decades, eventually retiring then returning to work with Hertz Rental Car for several years. Manny was a proud member of the community having established many sincere friendships that lasted a lifetime. He enjoyed family gatherings, holiday functions, and annual vacations that the family will forever cherish. He was a charter member of the 1st Marine Division Association, a dedicated fan of the SF Giants and a longtime season ticket holder of the Forty Niners. He was a member of the Sociedad Mutualista Mexicana de Morelos community where he and Margie volunteered for decades having served as president on their Board of Directors.
A visitation is scheduled for 11/5; 5:00-7:00pm; followed by a Vigil at 7pm at Garden Chapel, in SSF. A mass is scheduled for 11/6 at 10am. at St. Veronica’s Church, in SSF. Committal to follow at Golden Gate National Cemetery in San Bruno. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Semper Fi Fund at https:semperfifund.org or to the Peninsula Volunteers Inc. (Meals on Wheels) 800 Middle Avenue, Menlo Park, CA 94025. The family would like to thank the many wonderful staff at Kaiser Hospital, South San Francisco for their care and dedication.