Capt. Francisco H. Martinez, Sr.

May 11, 1927 - September 19, 2022
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Captain Francisco H. Martinez, Sr., 95, entered into eternal rest on, Monday, September 19, 2022.

Francisco proudly served in the U.S. Army in World War II, eventually retiring as a captain from the Laredo Fire Department after 32 years of service. He will be greatly missed and forever cherished by his loved ones.

He is preceded in death by his wife, Margarita P. Martinez; daughter, Mary Arleen Martinez who will now be laid to rest with him; siblings, Dora, Amada, Maria, Rodolfo, Felipe, Raul, Ludivico, and Mario Martinez.

Left to cherish his memory are his children, Francisco (Sandra) Martinez, Jr., Carlos R. (Gina) Martinez, Araceli M. (Santiago) York, Roberto J. Martinez, Joe E. Martinez, Roy (Maria) Martinez, George (+Dhalia) Martinez, David I. (Alicia) Martinez, Amelda M. (Alfonso) Gonzalez, Frances J. (Arturo Estevis) Martinez; 29 grandchildren, 39 great-grandchildren, 6 great-great-grandchildren; as well as numerous family and friends.

The family would like to give a special thanks to his caregivers; Lydia, Flor, Mari, and Martha.

The family will be receiving guests on Thursday, September 22, 2022, in the Angelus chapel at Fred Dickey Funeral & Cremation Services from 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm. Funeral services will be held on Friday, September 23, 2022, at St. Patrick Catholic Church located at 555 E Del Mar Blvd, Laredo, TX 78041. The Funeral Mass will begin at 10:00 am. Interment will follow to the Calvary Catholic Cemetery where Military Honors will be provided by the Laredo Veterans Honor Guard and Presentation of the U.S. Flag will be provided by the U.S. Army Honor Guard.

Pallbearers will be Charlie Martinez, Jimmy York, Jorge A. Garza, Jr., Roberto Martinez, Jr., Lucas Francisco Cruz, David Martinez, Jr., Joseph Gonzalez, and Alexia Gonzalez; Honorary Pallbearers are Aleah Gonzalez, Jaxson Gonzales, Aria Gonzalez, Joseph G. Gonzalez, Jr., Jesus A. Garza, Christina Gonzalez, Arleen Gillett, and Joe Martinez, Jr.

Funeral arrangements are by Fred Dickey Funeral & Cremation Services, 1320 Trey Dr., Laredo, Texas 78041 (956) 723-3611. For your convenience, you may leave your condolences to the family online at

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Service Schedule

Visitation Information

Date: Thursday, September 22, 2022

Time: 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Fred Dickey Funeral & Cremation Services


1320 Trey Dr.
Laredo, Texas 78041

Service Information

Date: Friday, September 23, 2022

Time: 10:00 am

St. Patrick Catholic Church


555 Del Mar Blvd.
Laredo, Texas 78041

Cemetery Information

Date: Friday, September 23, 2022

Calvary Catholic Cemetery


3600 McPherson Ave.
Laredo, Texas 78041


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Born: May 11, 1927
Died: September 19, 2022

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Frances J. Martinez posted on 9/27/22

Rest In Peace my handsome father. I’ll see you on the other side.


Frances J. Martinez posted on 9/27/22

Papi I miss you so much that I’m heart broken. Although it’s hard for me to accept, I know it was your time to go. I want to Thank you for all the wonderful memories that you left me and my children with, we will definitely carry them in our hearts forever. Thank you for being an Awesome and Amazing father as well as an EXCELLENT Grandfather to my children. They love you and miss you so much. Thank you for the wonderful care you gave each and every one of your 11 children and Our Beautiful mother. You were definitely the best father one could ever have. You know that I took care of you the best way possible. In the last few days I know I begged you not to leave me but I know it was your time to go join mom and Arleen in Heaven. I want you to know that I and all your family will greatly miss you but we will be fine. We will carry on your legacy. As sad as it was you had a beautiful funeral. You were honored by the Laredo Veterans Honor Guard as well as by your brothers at the Laredo Fire Department. I will forever miss you. I LOVE YOU PAPI. Tell Mami and Arleen that we are all fine. Please watch over us and guide us all. I’ll see you all on the other side. Love your youngest daughter, Frances


JACK DUNN JR posted on 9/27/22

My deepest, heartfelt, condolences to my cousins on the passing of my tio 'Pancho'. He would often visit my grandmother on Willow Street. Many fond memories growing up there on willow with my cousins. Rest in Peace and God Bless. With Love, Jack


Donna Acevedo posted on 9/23/22

Dear Francis our deepest condolences to all the family for the loss of your father. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. May he rest in peace!


Mario Fernandez posted on 9/22/22

My deepest condolences to the family and relatives of Capt F Martinez Had the pleasure working with him in early years of my FD career. May He Rest In Peace and God Bless ??‍?


RJ and Melissa Flores posted on 9/22/22

In memory of Capt. Francisco H. Martinez, Sr., RJ and Melissa Flores lit a candle


Jared posted on 9/22/22

You lived the American dream sir raised a respectful family served our country and city . You are truly a hero and role model in my book . I didn’t know you however respect the heck out of you . Rest In Peace Honor First !


GLORIA (Susie) TURNER & Esperanza Nella Ceja posted on 9/22/22

Sincere condolences for all family members of our dearly departed, Francisco Martinez and may he rest in peace.


Joseph Gonzalez posted on 9/22/22

In memory of Capt. Francisco H. Martinez, Sr., Joseph Gonzalez lit a candle


Joanna Garcia posted on 9/21/22

In memory of Capt. Francisco H. Martinez, Sr., Joanna Garcia lit a candle


Alexia Gonzalez posted on 9/21/22

Thank you for all the times you would sit down with me and tell my your war stories and about your fire department days. I will miss you grandpa.


SantiagoYork posted on 9/20/22

I thank you for being a good SUEGRO. I will miss you Santiago York.


Araceli York posted on 9/19/22

In memory of Capt. Francisco H. Martinez, Sr., Araceli York lit a candle


Aleah posted on 9/19/22

Going to miss you calling me sandia


Aleah posted on 9/19/22

Love you forever and always.❤️


Araceli York posted on 9/19/22

Thank You Dad for being an AWESOME Dad to my brothers and sisters. We will miss you a lot Dad. Hope You now enjoy your time with my BEAUTIFUL MoM n with my BEAUTIFUL sister, Arleen now that all 3 of you will be together. Rest In Peace all 3 of you. We Love all 3 of you.


Alexia Gonzalez posted on 9/19/22

Grandpa, Thank you for all the loving memories and all the stories. Jaxson and I love you so much♥️