“We’re all just walking each other home. “Roberto P. Martinez, 87, was called home by our Heavenly Father on Thursday, October 25, 2018. During his time with us, he proved to be a wonderful son, brother, husband, father, grandfather, friend, and neighbor.
Roberto, loving known as Beto, was known for his incredible “Martinez” smile, his love for music and his love of playing his harmonica. Family, friends, and sometimes even strangers would get a treat of Beto playing “Las Mañanitas” and other classic favorites. He was a thoughtful, giving man who would care for his family, friends and neighbors.
Beto was a veteran who served in the U.S. Air Force from 1951-1955. During his service, he earned the Korean Service Medal, National Defense Service Medal, United Nations Service Medal and the Good Conduct Medal. He was an aircraft mechanic who was known to put his artwork on aircraft for his friends.
After his service, he immediately began working at the Laredo Air Force Base from 1955-1961. He then worked at Mercy Hospital from 1961-1966 before joining the City of Laredo’s Tax office where he dedicated 30 years of his life before retiring. His retirement was filled with quality time with his family and weekly coffee with his friends. Beto met many people while working with the city. His children often hear stories of how their dad was a friendly, giving, and beautiful man.
Beto married Sara, the “beautiful girl in the choir” who his sister, Frances insisted he meet. They married in 1957 raising five beautiful children and together they created a wonderful home that was often visited by family, friends and their children’s friends for carne asadas, holiday gatherings, and Sunday visits building memories that will always be cherished. Beto and Sara just recently celebrated 61 years of marriage.
Roberto is survived by his loving wife, Sara P. Martinez; his children, Ana Laura (Joe) Garza, Patricia (Bernal) Slight, Diana Martinez, Raquel (Julian) Tijerina and Roberto (Claudia) Martinez, Jr.; his grandchildren, Selika Garza, Joseph Garza, Sarah Slight, Haley Slight, Lauren Slight, Patrick Slight, Eric Slight, Gabriela Tijerina, Camila Martinez and Carlos Martinez; and his sister, Lupe Vichareli.
The family would like to thank Doctor’s Hospital of Laredo, Methodist Hospital (San Antonio) and Nurses on Wheels for caring for Beto during this unexpected short illness. Their kindness, patience, support and compassion will never be forgotten.
The family will receive guest Sunday, October 28, 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. Funeral services will be held on Monday, October 29, 2018, at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church. A funeral mass will start at 9:00 am. Family and friends will be welcomed to gather after the service at the home of Bernal and Patricia Slight. Cremation service will be held at a later date.
Funeral arrangements are by Fred Dickey Funeral & Cremation Services, 1320 Trey Dr. Laredo, Texas 78041.
Condolences may be expressed to the family by visiting us online at www.freddickey.com
Date: Sunday, October 28, 2018
Time: 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Rosary Time: 7:00 pm
Date: Monday, October 29, 2018
Time: 9:00 am