Oct. 21, 1947-Oct. 21, 2010
Michael T. Martinez, 63, passed away on Thursday, Oct 21, 2010 at his home in Socorro, NM. Michael was born on October 21, 1947 to Miguel P. and Vivianita (Trujeque) Martinez in Socorro, NM. He is survived by his loving parents; his devoted wife of 45 years, married July 31, 1965, Gloria (Padilla) Martinez; his loving children, Michael A. Martinez and wife, Francine of Phoenix, AZ; Peter Martinez and wife, Sandra, of Socorro; and Julie LaFortune and husband, Ken of Andrews, TX; four grandchildren, Brianna T. Martinez; Clinton R. Martinez; Andre Martinez; and Emily LaFortune; one great grandchild, Marcus Martinez; his sister, Margie Ortiz and husband, Xavier; three nieces, Karen; Angela; and Victoria; his aunt Rose Benavidez; his cousins, Linda Benavidez; and Dave Benavidez; and his loving In-Laws; Michael was a lifelong resident of Socorro and a devoted member of San Miguel Catholic Church. He retired from NM State Police in 2005, after 25 years of service. Michael and Gloria had the privilege to serve as foster parents for 15 years and 16 children who blessed their lives. Even though, Michael came from a small family, he loved being a part of and was welcomed into the Padilla Family. Michael was preceded in death by his beloved grandparents, Conrado and Luisita Trujeque; his aunt, Analee Baca; his uncles, Morris Benavidez; Tomas Baca; and Ramon Trujeque; and his cousin, Windy Benavidez. A Memorial Rosary will be recited on Tuesday, October 26, 2010 at 9:15 am at the San Miguel Catholic Church in Socorro. A Memorial Mass of Resurrection will be celebrated immediately following with Father Andy Pavlak as Celebrant. Interment will take place in the San Pedro Cemetery in San Antonio, NM. Pallbearers are his sons, Michael and Peter. Honorary Pallbearers are Jon Rosas, William West III, Carlos Padilla, Christopher Padilla, Nicholas Padilla, and Justin Taylor. Any Memorial Contributions may be made to the Cancer Services of New Mexico Foundation, Albuquerque, NM. Those who wish to send condolences may do so atwww.danielsfuneral.com. Services have been entrusted to:Services have been entrusted to Daniels Family Funeral Services, 309 Garfield, Socorro, NM 87801 (575) 835-1530.