Gabriel E. Martinez, LPD Sergeant, Retired, 78, was called by the Lord to his resting place in Heaven on Monday, December 24, 2018.
Our father faithfully served his country during the Vietnam War. He was honorably discharged as a Sgt in the U.S. Air Force after serving four years and nine months on February 27, 1968. Sgt. Martinez was stationed in Vietnam and Thailand. He earned the National Defense Medal, Air Force Good Conduct Medal, Small Arms Marksmanship Ribbon and Vietnam Service Medal. He joined the Laredo Police Department on July 1, 1968 at the time Billy Weeks was Chief and Tom Gallagher was Inspector. Sgt. Martinez retired in 1997. After retirement from LPD, he worked at Webb County as court security officer and later at the Webb County Tax Assessor-Collector’s Office.
In October of 1964 he married the love of his life Beva Rivera in a blessed ceremony. Through this union, they produced 5 children who they raised in a world of love.
Sgt. Martinez is preceded in death by his parents Gabriel (Cristina) Martinez; sister, Cristina and his brother Jesus Heberto.
Left to cherish his memory are his wife, Beva Martinez; 3 sons, LPD Captain GE (Pat) Martinez, Jr., LPD Captain Benito (Chely) Martinez and Sergio (Isabel) Martinez; 2 daughters, Sonia (LPD Lieutenant Rene) Alvarado and Sandra (Alberto) Duarte; grandchildren, Ashley, Krista and GE Martinez, III, Brianna and Matthew Martinez, Bianka and Cora Martinez, Sonia Reneé and RJ Alvarado, Sandra Alexis, Albert and Alex Duarte; great-granddaughter Zaphira Chanel Alvarado (The one that changed his grumpy look every time they met) brothers, JL (Lupita), Francisco Javier (Armandina) , several nieces, nephews and other relatives.
The family will receive guests on Thursday, December 27, 2018, from 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm at Fred Dickey Funeral & Cremation Services. A Holy Rosary will be recited at 7:00 pm by Deacon Ramiro Garza. Funeral services will be held Friday, December 28, 2018, at St. Patrick Catholic Church. A funeral mass will start at 10:00 am. Father Anthony Mendoza will officiate. Interment will follow to the City Cemetery, Veterans Section. Palbearers will be Benito Martinez, Sergio Martinez, Gabriel E. Martinez, Jr., Rene Alvarado, Alberto Duarte, R.J. Alvarado, Alberto Gabriel Duarte and Gabriel E. Martinez, III. Honorary pallbearers will be Matthew Martinez and Alex Duarte.
Funeral arrangements are by Fred Dickey Funeral & Cremation Services, 1320 Trey Dr, Laredo, TX. 78041. (956)723-3611.
You may leave condolences to the family online at www.freddickey.com
Date: Thursday, December 27, 2018
Time: 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Rosary: 7:00 pm
Date: Friday, December 28, 2018
Time: 10:00 am
Funeral Mass: 10:00 am