"I shall pass this way but once; any good that I can do or any kindness I can show to any human being; let me do it now. Let me not defer nor neglect it, for I shall not pass this way again." Our dad went to be with the Lord and Savior on April 18th, 2014 after 79 amazing years. Also known as "Rock", a resident of Baton Rouge; native of White Castle. Dad, you had the hands of velvet and steel, the definition of true unconditional love. You were the foundation of what a family should be and we will forever live life by the example you set for us. He leaves to cherish his memory, his three sons, Raymond Martinez & wife Mary, Steve Martinez & wife Kim, David Martinez & wife Lisa; one daughter, Terrie Martinez; seven grandchildren, Ashley Valenti, David Martinez, Chase Martinez, Blaze Martinez, Blake Martinez, John Ervin II and Bailee Martinez; six great grandchildren, Jaxon, Jhett, Aydan, Asher, Mason and Kade; three sisters, Shirley McNemar, Duddie Bourg and Ethyl Morris; in-laws, Clyde and Barbara Morgan, John and Glenda Stubbs, David and Jeanette Hancock, Clyde Morgan, Larry Morgan, Iris Wheeler and beloved friends dear to him like family. Preceded in death by the love of his life, Clydine Morgan Martinez; parents, Adam and Lucille Martinez; sisters, Isabelle Kling, Evelyn "Bud" Barnett, Janice Smith; brother, Adam Martinez, Jr; and brother-in-law, John "Red" Bourg. He proudly served in the United States Marine Corp
, in the Korean War
receiving a purple heart
. He was a proud member of American Legion Post 38 and member of the VFW
. He retired from Holsum Bakery and Louisiana AFL-CIO. After retirement, he became the owner of Mats n Frames for 15 years until his beloved wife became ill. He made a promise that he would take care of her and that he did. Pallbearers will be David, Chase, Blaze & Blake Martinez, John Ervin II, Clyde Morgan, Benjamin Chapman and Mark Chambers. Honorary Pallbearers will be Sonny Woodall and Craig Martinez. Visitation will be at Greenoaks Funeral Home, Monday, April 21, 2014 from 5:00-9:00pm, the Rosary will be recited at 6:30. Visitation will resume at St. Alphonsus Catholic Church, Tuesday, April 22, 2014 at 1:00pm-2:00pm. Mass of Christian Burial will follow. Funeral procession to final resting place with graveside services at Greenoaks Memorial Park, Baton Rouge. In lieu of flowers; memorial donations can be made to a
. The Martinez family would like to give special thanks to Mark & Christina Chambers and family for their kindness, compassion and loving care given to our dad.