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Jose Luis Francisco Martinez III (Louie)
April 12, 1938 - March 23, 2022
Our beautiful husband and loving father finished his journey on earth and joined his parents and beloved granddaughter in Heaven on Wednesday, March 23, 2022. Louie passed away from failing health attributed to diabetes at the George E. Wahlen Veterans Home in Ogden, Utah with his wife and daughters by his side.
Louie was born to Jose Luis Martinez and Maria Lopez Martinez Harmon on April 12, 1938 in Lyden, New Mexico. Louie moved with his family to Ogden, Utah in 1951. He attended Weber High School and Weber State College. He joined the U.S. Navy in 1956 and served honorably for six years. Dad was so proud of his military service. He loved to wear his Navy Veteran hat and talk about his time in the Navy with other veterans.
Louie worked for the Federal Government at Hill Air Force Base as an Information Systems Specialist. He retired with 30 years of service.
Louie met his one love and lifelong partner, Dolores Herrera, in 1959 at a dance in Salt Lake City - a match truly made in Heaven! Louie and Dee were married at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church in Layton on September 24, 1960. They had four daughters, Cindy M. Lord (Larry), Lisa M. Stettler (Chris), Natalie M. Hansen and RaNae M. Bergenheier (Calvin).
Louie was a traveler and an adventurer who enjoyed going places and meeting up with friends. He enjoyed many adventures throughout his lifetime - he truly worked to live and play. He enjoyed boating at Lake Powell with family. He loved deer hunting with his brothers-in-law and close friends and came back with more shenanigan stories than actual deer. One of his greatest joys in life was bowling. Louie and Dee bowled in leagues for many years, making lifelong friends and traveling the country for bowling tournaments. Louie was also an avid golfer and created the Chicano Golf League with his closest friends. The league has been going strong for many years and is a part of his legacy. He loved road trips and had plans for more trips until his last days, but his most favorite adventure was family gatherings and cooking his specialties for us. We will miss his chili verde and fresh salsa.
Louie had a big heart and understood the importance of family, so much so that he opened his home to several generations of in-laws, nieces, nephews, and family who were lovingly cared for under his roof. Because of his generous nature, many family gatherings and holidays were spent at his welcoming home where countless memories were made.
Louie is survived by his wife who lovingly cared for him, his four daughters, nine grandchildren, eleven great-grandchildren, one sister, Addie Strong (Carol), brother Raymond, sister-in-law Pam, and many nieces, nephews, and in-laws.
Louie was preceded in death by his parents, brothers Tom and Daniel, and his baby sister, Emilia, beloved granddaughter Stephanie, and son-in-law Mark.
Private family services will be held with a Catholic Funeral Mass. Interment, Lindquist’s Washington Heights Memorial Park, under the direction of Lindquist’s Roy Mortuary.
The family would like to thank the staff of the George E. Wahlen Ogden Veterans Home and Bristol Hospice for their loving care of our father. We are so grateful for the time and extra love they gave to us all. The beautiful and patriotic send-off they gave to Dad provided us much comfort and will live in our hearts forever.
Memories and condolences may be sent to the family at www.lindquistmortuary.com
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