Jose Manuel "Meme" Martinez

November 15, 1950 - October 4, 2019
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Jose Manuel “Meme” Martinez Sr., 68, was surrounded by his loving family as he passed away on Friday, October 4, 2019.

He was a proud graduate of the J.W. Nixon High School Class of 1970. While studying at Nixon High School, Meme participated in the JROTC and band programs. After graduation he enlisted, and served, in the United States Marine Corps where he obtained the rank of Corporal. Shortly after completing his enlistment, he joined the United States Army Reserves. During this time, he served under the 850th Collection and Class Service Company and obtained the rank of Sergeant First Class.

In 1977, he graduated from Laredo Junior College with a Bachelors of Science Degree in Criminal Justice. In 1992, he graduated from Laredo State University with a Masters of Arts Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies. He applied all his studies to his work in the field of Law Enforcement. He served as a Webb County Juvenile Probation Officer, Laredo Police Officer, and finally as Chief Deputy Sheriff for the Webb County Sheriff’s Office.

In addition to proudly serving our country, he was an active volunteer with numerous charitable organizations throughout our community. Meme was also a very active parishioner of San Martin de Porres Catholic Church. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus Council 9626 and parish choir. He also served as a crossing guard for the Religious Education Program. In his spare time, Meme enjoyed spending time with his family, singing and playing guitar, hunting and fishing. He was an exceptional husband, father, son and brother and will be greatly missed by all who love him.

He is preceded in death by his father, Guadalupe Martinez Jr., his paternal grandparents, Elisa and Guadalupe Martinez Sr., and maternal grandparents, Aurora and Alberto Gutierrez.

He is survived by his beautiful wife of 45 years, Bernice Marie Soulas Martinez, his daughter Kassandra Marie Martinez-Harmon, his son Jose Manuel (Roxana) Martinez Jr., his son Christopher Emmanuel Martinez and three grandchildren: William J. Harmon, Savannah M. Harmon, and Trina R. Martinez. In addition, he is survived by his mother, Lucila G. Martinez, his siblings, G. Bertha (Adan) Perez, Ricardo (Diana) Martinez Sr., Lucilla (Armando) Gonzalez, Rosalinda Martinez and mother-in-law Elma L. (+Zeferino) Soulas. Also left to cherish his memory are numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, godchildren and friends.

The family would like to express their heartfelt gratitude to Dr. Winder Vasquez and Dr. Fernando Sanchez, along with the Nurses and Respiratory Therapists of Doctor’s Hospital ICU Unit B, for all their loving care and attention during Meme’s hospital stay. Your kindness and support will never be forgotten.

The family will receive guests Wednesday, October 9, 2019, from 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm, at Fred Dickey Funeral & Cremation Services, 1320 Trey Drive, Laredo, Texas. A Holy Rosary will be recited at 7:00 pm. Funeral services will be held on Thursday, October 10, 2019, at San Martin de Porres Catholic Church in Laredo, Texas. A funeral mass will be celebrated at 9:30 am. Interment will follow to the Calvary Catholic Cemetery. Military honors will be provided by the United States Marine Corps.

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

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Service Schedule

Visitation Information

Date: Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Time: 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Fred Dickey Funeral & Cremation Services


1320 Trey Dr.
Laredo, Texas 78041

Rosary will be at 7:00 pm

Service Information

Date: Thursday, October 10, 2019

Time: 9:30 am

San Martin de Porres Catholic Church


1704 N. Sandman
Laredo, Texas 78041

Cemetery Information

Date: Thursday, October 10, 2019

Calvary Catholic Cemetery


3600 McPherson Ave.
Laredo, Texas 78041


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Born: November 15, 1950
Died: October 4, 2019

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Patsie Rico posted on 10/31/19

My greatest condolences to the family. Mr Martinez was a great mentor to me through out my teen years.... Thank you to him I can honestly say that I changed my life around to be the person I am today. Patsie Rico 2635 S. Miller Dr #302 Lakewood, CO 80227 956-326-8401


Sara de los santos posted on 10/9/19

My condolences on the passing of your dear husband. Am sorry I couldn't make to the rosary but not feeling well. My prayers for you and your family. God bless you. Love, your cousin, Sari de los santos.


Doyle Holdridge posted on 10/9/19

My condolences to the family. Meme and I were good friends and worked a lot of cases together. I just learned today of his passing. He will be missed!


Diana Rodriguez posted on 10/9/19

My sincere condolences to the Martinez Family. May God give you peace and comfort during this difficult time.


Diana Rodriguez posted on 10/9/19

My sincere condolences to the Martinez family. My thoughts and prayers go out to you during this difficult time. May God give you peace and comfort to ease the pain of your loss. Diana Perales Rodriguez


Blasita posted on 10/8/19

Our heartfelt and sincere thoughts and prayers go out to Chris and Kassandra, their entire Martinez family. May flights of angels alight hope and solace in your hearts. - with love, the Lopez family, Goyo & Blasita


Michael J. Raines posted on 10/8/19

My condolences, I worked with him at the Laredo Police Department. He was a great man and will be missed. God be with your family.


Francisco Perez posted on 10/7/19

Our condolences to the family. May he rest in peace. Mr. & Mrs. Francisco Perez & family.