Ruben Martinez

October 13, 1950 - April 29, 2019
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Laredo- Ruben Martinez, 68, went home to be with the Lord on April 29th, 2019, surrounded by his adoring family.

Ruben was born in Lubbock, Texas on October 13, 1950, the eldest of eight children.  He graduated from Lubbock High School and attended Texas Tech University.  He was drafted into the United States Army in 1971 and served with distinction with the First Infantry Division.  During the Vietnam War, he was responsible for communication with the President of the United States. After the Army, he worked for Southwestern Bell for over 30 years and retired as an Engineer in 2005.  During his retirement, he lived life to the fullest with his wife, Maria Teresa, of 24 years. They enjoyed traveling the world from the Vatican to whale watching in Ecuador. He drove fast cars, rooted for his favorite sports teams, launched model rockets and created his own backyard oasis filled with captivating flowers and fruit trees. He enjoyed every moment with family and friends making them laugh with his witty one liners. He continued with his sense of humor up until he went home to be with the Lord.

As a man of faith, he recognized the importance of a relationship with Christ filled with love, forgiveness, humility and joy. Over the years he grew as a man of God. He was most proud of his family and adored his wife Tere who he referred to as his soul mate. He and his wife had six children, twelve grandchildren, and seven great-grandchildren. He was blessed to be able to share his life with them and to see them grow in love and prosperity.

The family would like to thank Ruben’s nurse and daughter-in-law, Ana Laura Rodriguez and Serenity Hospice for their loving care.

Mr. Martinez is preceded in death by his parents, Erminia and Guadalupe Martinez, mother-in- law, Concepcion Zaragosa, sister, Mary Helen Valdez, and brother, Jesse Olivas.

Survivors: Wife, Maria Teresa; daughter Cindy Herbon and husband Grant, son Jonathon Martinez and wife, Araceli; daughter; Melisa Funez and husband Geovany; step-sons Jose Luis Rodriguez and wife Diana, Carlos Rodriguez and wife Ana Laura, Daniel Rodriguez and wife Ana. Grandchildren Everett, Victoria, Sophia, Hayden, Joey, Megan, Jude, Vanessa, Mario, Dylan, Mykel and Xander and numerous great-grandchildren. His siblings Becky Molina, Lucy Martinez, Guadalupe Martinez and Patricia Esquivel.

The family will receive guests Thursday, May 2, 2019, from 6:00 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 Friday, May 3, 2019, at San Luis Rey Catholic Church.  A funeral mass will be celebrated at 8:30 am.  Interment will follow to the Calvary Catholic Cemetery.  Full military honors will be provided by United States Army and the American Legion Post 59.

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: Thursday, May 2, 2019

Time: 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Fred Dickey Funeral & Cremation Services


1320 Trey Dr.
Laredo, Texas 78041

Rosary: 7:00 pm

Service Information

Date: Friday, May 3, 2019

Time: 8:30 am

San Luis Rey Catholic Church


3501 Sanders Ave
Laredo, Texas 78040

Funeral Mass: 8:30 am

Cemetery Information

Date: Friday, May 3, 2019

Time: 9:30 am

Calvary Catholic Cemetery


3600 McPherson Ave.
Laredo, Texas 78041


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Born: October 13, 1950
November 17, 2017
Enjoying Isla Mujeres Resort in Cancun
Enjoying Isla Mujeres Resort in Cancun
February 16, 2018
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Died: April 29, 2019

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Erick Valdez, Sr and family posted on 5/3/19

Ruben, I am sad to see you go. I know that the time you spent with my cousin Tere was the best one can hope for with their soulmate. I offer my condolences and that of my family to Tere and your entire family. Rest easy soldier. Thank you for your service.


Helen Easton posted on 5/2/19

My Nephew, you have cross over from this life to the other Jesus was watching from above He has reach down and pick you up and hold you in his love. To: Maria Teresa, In this hour of sadness may the sincere sympathy of family and friends help to comfort you Much Love, Aunt Helen.


Philip Nastasi posted on 5/2/19

My sincere condolences on the lost of a fine man. My fondest memories were when we were teenagers and riding in his Chevy showing me what Lubbock was all about. Rest In Peace my cousin. Philip


Seth Houdeshell posted on 5/2/19

Love and prayers to the Martinez family and all of those that love and appreciate Ruben. He was a positive person in my early life and I am thankful for that and will remember him.


Beki Hutchison posted on 5/2/19

On behalf of HOLT CAT, I am sending our sincere condolences. We will keep the family in our thoughts and prayers.


F. Ward posted on 5/2/19

"To the family of Mr. Martinez I offer my deepest sympathy, you are in my prayers as you try and cope with this harshest of realities of the life we now live, losing a loved one. May you find strength, comfort, and hope from God's unfailing Word. Meditating on Revelation 21:4, and John 5:28,29, has helped me in my times of loss, I pray you will be as well."


Manuel Moncivais Jr posted on 5/1/19

Our deepest condolences to Ruben’s entire family. It was so evident how much he loved his family and how proud he was of his family. I will always remember his smile and as a believer will meet again soon. John 3:3 Manuel Moncivais Family


Rosa Guzman Price posted on 5/1/19

I was so saddened to hear that Ruben had passed away. While there is no way I can feel your pain, I do feel your loss as I have known Ruben for many years. My thoughts and prayers are with you Tere and your family. Praying for you peace to bring comfort, courage to face the days ahead and loving memories to forever hold in your hearts. - Sharing in your sadness, Rosa Guzman Price


Roy Urrutia posted on 5/1/19

Ruben was a good friend followed by being a great brother-in-law. We grew together playing football on Sunday’s in our youth, enjoyed golf in our adult years and shared many fun times throughout our lifetime. I know you are in heaven happy surrounded by family. Our thoughts are prayers for DC, Becky, Lupe and Patty.


Elida Urrutia posted on 5/1/19

Our sincerest condolences for your loss. Prayers for all of his family. May he Rest In Peace.????


Team JAM posted on 5/1/19

Jonathon, Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.


Erika Gonzales posted on 5/1/19

Sending my sincerest condolences to the entire Martinez family. From the time I was a little girl in Lubbock Texas to moving his family to San Antonio until I saw him last a few years ago Ruben was always a sweet and caring man. As a young girl I have many fond memories of Ruben as a loving friend to my parents, father to his children and a father-figure to myself and little brother - God has truly gained one of the good ones. Hugs to you Tere, Melissa, Cindy and Jonathan. Love - Erika Gonzales