Fidencio Martinez

June 27, 1937 - October 4, 2020
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Fidencio Martinez

 (June 27, 1937 – October 4, 2020)

Fidencio Martinez of Laredo, Texas went to be with the Lord on Sunday, October 4, 2020, at the age of 83. Mr. Martinez died peacefully with his beloved wife Conchita Martinez and their children, Abraham Martinez, Martha Leticia Martinez and Dinorah Martinez-Anderson by his side.

Born to Bernardo and Josefina Martinez, Mr. Martinez was born in San Ignacio, Tamaulipas, Mexico, on June 27, 1937. Brother to 10 brothers and sisters, Mr. Martinez did not have the opportunity for much formal education as he helped out on his family’s ranch in his early years. He came to the United States through the Brazero Migrant Program and later discovered that he was a US citizen from birth due to his grandparents’ birthplace in Texas. He ended up in the state of California where he worked many agricultural fields. After a brief stint in other states, he returned to California where he was able to work in the restaurant field. He married Conchita Flores de Martinez, an educator in Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas, Mexico on September 20, 1964.  Soon thereafter, he was entrusted with the opening of various food establishments under the El Tecolote Restaurant banner. While living in California, Abraham, Letty and Dinorah were born. After a few years of managing those restaurants, they migrated to Laredo, Texas to be close to family. While in Laredo, he had various jobs including servicing at Enco (now Exxon) gas stations, cook at the Ox Cart Steak House and cook for the Head Start Program at the Farias Daycare through the CAA. They later purchased El Metate Restaurant in 1976 when Del Mar Boulevard was the most northern corridor in Laredo. Since 1976, he gave his life to its customers and was able to amass many successful real estate holdings. He took much pride in providing his children with higher education. As an active member of Iglesia Misericordia, he had a long history of philanthropy and giving where he donated various parcels of land for the establishment of a local church and donated for the construction of many other church related buildings and ministries.

Mr. Martinez and his wife, Conchita Martinez, retired after 42 years in the restaurant business-El Metate Restaurant- on December 17, 2017. He touched countless lives through daily interactions in his business and through his many philanthropic endeavors. His joy was to spend time with family and with his grandchildren. He also loved to listen to Norteño Mexican music with a special affinity to the accordion instrument.

Mr. Martinez was preceded in death by his parents, Bernardo and Josefina Martinez, and by his brothers Heriberto Martinez, Ildefonso Martinez, Alvaro Martinez and sister Estanislada Martinez. He is survived by his wife Conchita Martinez; children Abraham Martinez (Argie), Robert Martinez (Terri), Irma Martinez-Ortega (Michael †), Martha Leticia Martinez and Dinorah Gracia Martinez-Anderson (Tommy); grandchildren Josiah Christopher Anderson, Jacob Stephen Anderson, Abraham David Martinez, Isaac Daniel Martinez, Isaiah Dominic Martinez, Bryce Anthony Martinez, Yves Alexander Martinez, Michael Ortega, Melissa Ortega, Desiree Monique Salazar, Estevan Antonio Silva and Shawn Patrick Silva.

A Visitation service for Mr. Martinez will take place at Fred Dickey Funeral Home, 1320 Trey Drive, on Friday, October 16, 2020, from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM with a service from 6:30 – 7:30 PM. The funeral service will be held on Saturday, October 17, 2020 at 11 AM at Iglesia Cristiana Misericordia, 4519 E Del Mar Boulevard. Procession will follow to Calvary Catholic Cemetery.

The family would like to express deep gratitude to Dr. David Garza, Dr. Sandra Ordoñez-Sánchez, Dr. Eduardo Miranda, Dr. Sylvia Jaramillo, Dr. Michael Herman and the Hospice Austin staff.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks for donations to Iglesia Cristiana Misericordia via

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: Friday, October 16, 2020

Time: 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Fred Dickey Funeral & Cremation Services


1320 Trey Dr.
Laredo, Texas 78041

A Religious Service will begin at 6:30 pm

Service Information

Date: Saturday, October 17, 2020

Time: 11:00 am

Iglesia Cristiana Misericordia


4519 E. Del Mar Blvd
Laredo, Texas 78041

Cemetery Information

Date: Saturday, October 17, 2020

Calvary Catholic Cemetery


3600 McPherson Ave.
Laredo, Texas 78041


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Born: June 27, 1937
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Anthony Galan Grullon posted on 11/6/20

I just realized the passing of this great person and gentleman that I had the privilege to know, Mr Fidencio Martinez. May he rest In Peace and may God give also peace and resignation to his beloved wife and family. My sincere condolences to all.?? ( Anthony Galan Grullon ).


Amanda Valdez posted on 10/16/20

Our condolences to the family and to you Ms. Martinez. Wish we could be there with you, but I am there in spirit. Blessings for a peaceful heart and comfort during this most difficult time. Oscar, Amanda, Eliana and Diego Valdez


Ofilia Kirby posted on 10/16/20

Our deepest condolences to Tia Conchita and family, and praying that you find comfort in the beautiful and cherished memories of Tio Fidencio. May he Rest In Peace. Love, Ofilia & Ron Kirby and family.


Marcy Townsend posted on 10/16/20

Mi muy querida Sra Martínez y familia Mis mas sinceras condolencias para usted y su familia. Yo tuve la oportunidad de conocer a Mr Martinez un hombre excepcional al cual le tome mucho cariño desde la primera vez que lo los conocí Que nuestro Padre Celestial lo tenga en su gloria. Y si en algo puedo servirle a usted y a su familia sabe que cuenta conmigo. Un abrazo y bendiciones Marcy y Jeff Townsend


Catherine Messinger posted on 10/15/20

Sending deepest sympathies to you all. Prayers of Peace. Cathy, Kris, and Dacey Messinger


Elizabeth Enriquez posted on 10/15/20

Our sincere condolence to the Martinez family. We pray for all of you so God can give you strength in these hard times. May God bless you. From The Enriquez Family.