Updated: Wed 8:36 AM, Jan 22, 2014
April 17, 1938 – January 18, 2014
Gilbert Ronald Martinez, 75, of College Station, formerly of Tucson, Chandler, Gilbert, and Mesa, Ariz., died Saturday afternoon, January 18, 2014, at the home of his son in College Station, surrounded by his loving family.
Calling hours will begin Wednesday, January 22, 2014, from 12 to 5 pm at Lindley-Robertson-Holt Funeral Home of Navasota. A gathering of family and friends will follow from 5 to 7 pm with a parish rosary concluding the evening at 7 pm.
A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10:30 am on Thursday, January 23, 2014, at St. Mary's Catholic Church (smsj.org), 8227 CR 205 at FM 1774 in Plantersville with Rev. Kurtis Wiendenfeld of St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church in College Station as the celebrant. The rite of committal will follow in St. Mary's Church Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Michael Martinez, Jacob Orlando, Scott Martin, Jose Lozada, and Floyd Martin. Honorary pallbearers will be Derrick Martinez, Joseph Martinez, Albert Martinez Sr., Freddy Baron, Fraustito Borquez, Rene Borquez, Anthony Chiapetta, Ralph Chiapetta, Albert Martinez Jr., Jimmy Oldham, Lee Oldham, Steve Oldham, Eric Olivas, Martin Ortega, Olen Valdez, Oscar Valdez, Dennis “Moose” Akers, Paul Briggs, Brad Mann, Roger Rhinehart, Kevin Stark, and Dr. Alphonse Ambrosia.
Ronald was born April 17, 1938 in Tucson, AZ to Gilbert Romo and Rose Schumacher Martinez. He graduated in 1958 from Tucson High School, where he played baseball, basketball, and football, excelling in baseball. It was on November 22, 1962 that he married Luisa Castillo at St. Augustine Cathedral in Tucson. He worked as a pressman for the Tucson Citizen and the Arizona Daily Star for 31 years. He then relocated to the Phoenix area in 1981, transferring to the Arizona Republic and Phoenix Gazette until his retirement in 1999. An avid sportsman, Ronald enjoyed playing baseball, golfing, and bowling. He always enjoyed watching most any type of sporting event. Family was very important to him—whether he was coaching his son when he was younger or attending various family events and gatherings, he remained a loving presence in many lives and always tried to help others in any way he was able.
Ronald was preceded in death by his parents; his twin brother, Alexander Donald; a brother-in-law, Jesus Olivas; and a nephew, Michael Oldham.
Survivors include his loving wife of 51 years, Luisa Martinez; and his son and daughter-in-law, Ron and Cathy (Mock) Martinez, all of College Station. Grandchildren are Michael Martinez of Owasso, OK; Monica (Orlando) Martin and her husband, Scott, of Anderson; and Jacob Orlando of the US Navy. Great-grandchildren are Joseph Martinez and Derrick Martinez, both of Owasso, OK. Ronald is also survived by his sisters Toby Olivas; Linda Oldham; Margaret Baron and her husband, Fred, all of Tucson, AZ; his brother, Albert Martinez, of Mesa, AZ; and numerous nieces, nephews, and friends.
You are invited to sign the guestbook and leave condolences for the family at www.lindleyrobertsonholt.com