Mr. Puente was born Nov. 11, 1926, to Arnulfo Puente and Saragosa Vasquez Puente. He attended Kenedy schools and was a skilled carpenter. On September 29, 1946, Martin married Eleanor Padron in Kenedy.
Survivors include his daughter, Rosa Linda (Donald) Graham of Houston and Gloria (Bill) Dow of Montgomery; his son, Martin (Suzzanne) Puente, Jr., of New Braunfels; his sisters, Fannie Lopez, Tila (Ralph) Solis and Maria Elizondo and his brother, Gilbert (Gloria) Puente; his grandchildren and his 3 great-grandchildren.
Mr. Puente is preceded in death by his wife, Eleanor Padron Puente, his parents and 4 brothers.
Visitation was held Sunday, April 28 at Eckols Funeral Home Chapel with a rosary recited that evening at 7 p.m. in the chapel.
Funeral Mass was celebrated at 11 a.m., Monday, April 29 at Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Church with Rev. Leon Rubaj officiating.
Interment followed in the Sacred Heart Cemetery.
Serving as pallbearers were Orlando Gonzales, Raquel Gonzales, Kelly Puente, Amy Puente, Esteban Puente, Teresa Blancas and David Graham. Serving as honorary pallbearers were Gilbert Puente and Leo Rodriguez.