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Hilario (Joe) A Martinez

June 16, 1928 — April 18, 2022

Hilario (Joe) A. Martinez, passed away on Monday, April 18, 2022, peacefully at home accompanied by his family in Montrose, Colorado. He was 93.

Rosary will be held on Friday, April 29th, at Crippin Funeral home from 5:00pm -7:00pm with viewing. Funeral services will be held Saturday, April 30th, at 10:00am at St. Mary’s Catholic Church with final resting place at Cedar Creek cemetery.

Hilario was born on June 16th, 1928, to Alcadio and Maria Luz Martinez in Park View, New Mexico. He moved to Montrose when he was 5 years old and attended the grade schools until the 7th grade, then went to work to help support the family.  On December 3, 1952, he was drafted into the Army with the 45th Infantry and served overseas in the Korean War. He was transferred to the Army Reserve for 8 years in 1954. He received the Republic of Korea, Good conduct, National Defense, Korean and United Nation Service Medals. He was also a member of the Knights of Columbus, American Legion, and an usher at St. Mary’s Catholic church for many years.

On November 25th, 1954, he married Elma Martinez (Garcia) and they enjoyed 67 years together. Elma survives him along with his 8 kids; Tom (Vicki), Grand Junction; Regina Chayer, Montrose; Ricky (Nina), Grand Junction; Ann Clay, CA; Nancy (Don) Smith, Florida; Hope Seegobin, Michigan; Daniel (Katy), Dubai; and Marylou (Clee) Jones, Grand Junction. He also has 12 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.

Hilario’s occupation was a farmer since a young age, and then worked at the sawmill until his retirement in 1990. He loved his vegetable and flower garden, feeding his cats, and telling his Korean war stories.

Hilario is preceded in death by his parents, his 2 half-sisters Alice Paiz and Lucy Sanchez, son-in-law Sherlock Seegobin and grandson Christopher Martinez.  The family would like to express their appreciation to the Hope West nurses, Melissa, Maryann, Wendy, Rosie, Jim, and Kim, Dr. Emmons Team and to First Light staff. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Hope West., 725 S. 4th Street, Montrose, CO 81401.

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