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Obituaries > MARTINEZ, JACK

Jack Martinez, 86, of Idaho Falls, died Monday, Jan. 31, 2011, at Good Samaritan Society-Idaho Falls Village.

He was born June 22, 1924, in Del Norte, Colo., the son of Felix and Mary Geauga Martinez. Jack spent his earlier years in Spencer, Idaho, where he attended school. He joined the United States Marine Corps, in which he served during World War II. Jack married Rose Stevens on Nov. 9, 1945, in Dillon, Mont. Jack and Rose lived for many years in Spencer, where he ranched and worked at the sheep station. After years of living in Spencer, they moved to Idaho Falls, where he worked for Clark Concrete and then Idaho National Laboratory until his retirement after 28 years of service. Jack was a firm Christian believer in God. He enjoyed many hobbies, including fishing, hunting, camping and four-wheeling. He was an outspoken, adventurous role model who cared for and loved his family with all his heart and enjoyed spending every minute with them in the beautiful outdoors.

Survivors include his wife, Rose Martinez of Idaho Falls; three sons, Jack Martinez of Mackay, Idaho, Ramon (Darlene) Martinez of Ririe, Idaho, and Paul (Barbara) Martinez of Idaho Falls; seven grandchildren; and 17 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; four brothers, Felix Jr., Paul, Bill and Milo; and two sisters, Juanita and Helen.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Friday, Feb. 4, at Buck-Miller-Hann Funeral Home at 825 E. 17th St. in Idaho Falls, with Pastor Kirk Baker of Calvary Baptist Church officiating. Burial will follow at 1:30 p.m. Friday in Spencer Cemetery in Spencer, with military rites under the direction of the Dubois Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 8893. A viewing for family and friends will be from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. today, Feb. 3, and one hour prior to the funeral Friday.