The Bakersfield Californian
JESUS JUAN MARTINEZ
March 26, 1963 – March 28, 2021
Jesus was born on March 26, 1963 in Bakersfield, CA. Affectionately known as Jesse, he had a kind spirit and a gentle soul, full of friendship and always ready to help others. His personality and sense of humor made others feel at ease. Blessed with a strong faith, he was actively involved with St. Joseph Church and was a member of The Legion of Mary, The Knights of Columbus and he volunteered at St. Vincent De Paul. He shared his faith with others, visiting patients in the hospital and praying with them. People were drawn to Jesus because of his compassionate nature, giving his time freely and without judgment. He worked at the Kingman Regional Medical Center for several years before retiring, caring for patients and offering a comforting presence. He enjoyed spending time with his family and friends at parties and family camping trips. He loved music and was a favorite dance partner of his sisters. He was a favorite uncle to his nieces and nephews and will be missed by them. Jesus will be remembered as the special person he was and for how much he loved and how much he was loved by others.
Jesus is survived by his mother Felice, brothers Samuel (Cathy), Enrique (Hermalinda), Juan (Essia), Max (Chriselda), Richard (Yvonne) and his sisters Lupe (Dale), Maria (Jim), Esther (Oscar), Vicky (Joe), Josie (Eloy), Felicia, Eva, sister-in law Isabel Martinez, Mary Martinez, and numerous nieces and nephews.
Jesus is preceded in death by his father Ismael, his sisters Esperanza and Eleanor, his brother Ismael, Jr., niece Julissa Morentin, and his close friend Michael R. Johnson.
Rosary will be at 10:00am on April 16, 2021 at St. Joseph Catholic Church (1515 Baker St) with Mass of the Christian Burial following at 11:00am. Interment will follow at Greenlawn Cemetery, 3700 River Blvd, Bakersfield, CA 93305.
The Martinez family is grateful to their family and friends for their prayers, love, and support and wish to extend a heartfelt thank you to Barbara Hann.