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Obituary for Jim Martinez
Jim was born Diego Martinez Garcia, Nov. 21, 1931 in the little village of La Mela, Spain to Manuel and Maria Martinez.
Prior to Jim's birth Manuel left for the United States to make a pathway for his wife and unborn child.
In 1947, at the age of 16, Jim and his mother arrived on Ellis Island to be embraced for the first time by his loving father.
Jim enlisted in the United States Marine Corps in 1952 where he was proud to serve and protect our country. He fought with courage and pride in the Korean War at which time he earned the right to become a U.S. Citizen.
After his honorable discharge from the Marine Corps in 1955, Jim relocated to Yakima, WA, where he worked for Yakima County Public works as a heavy equipment operator. After 30 years, he retired and met the love of his life, Gloria.
They married in 1982 and spent 33 happy years enjoying camping, fishing, and hunting together. Jim especially enjoyed his gardening.
On Dec. 15, Jim passed peacefully with his wife, Gloria and daughter, Wende by his side. His quick wit and humor will be sorely missed by all who knew him.
Those left to mourn his passing are his wife, Gloria Martinez; sisters, Francie Vicondoa (Martin), Mary Foster (Cecil); his sons, William Martinez, James Martinez and James Weiler; his daughters, Sherri Celis and Wende Rowton; and Stephanie Capps, whom he loved as a daughter. As well as six grandchildren and several nieces, nephews, and friends.
The family wishes to especially thank Dr. Ivan Cavalier of Kaiser Permanente and Sutter Hospice for their excellent care and concern for our loved one.
Those wishing to attend should meet at McCune Garden Chapel for viewing between 8 and 9 a.m., on Tuesday, Dec. 22.
Graveside service with full military honors to follow from 10 to 10:30 a.m., at Sacramento Valley National Cemetery in Dixon.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the charity of your choice .