He was born Dec. 31, 1944 to Paulino Martinez Sr. and Simona Gomez Martinez in Goliad.
He is survived by his wife, Juanita O. Martinez of Goliad; sons, Samuel (Margie) Martinez of Round Rock, Elias (Goldie) Martinez Jr. of Victoria, Roger (Ashley) Martinez and Steven Martinez of Goliad; and daughter, Lisa Martinez of Goliad.
Also surviving are grandchildren, Mitchell Martinez, Nicolas (Jordan) Cardona and Lilly Aguilar of Goliad, Diana Martinez of Tampa, Fla., Mary Martinez and Elias Martinez III of Woodstock, Ga.; great-grandchildren, Christian Ray Martinez and Kinslee Madsyn Cardona of Goliad; brothers, Paulino (Demencia) Martinez of Goliad and Margarito (Irma) Vega of Grand Prairie.
Preceded in death by siblings, Ernesto G. Martinez Sr., Alberto G. Martinez Sr., Amalia (Jose) Bustamante, and Amelia Rodriguez.
Pallbearers were Steven Martinez, Mitchell Martinez, Bill Martinez, Jesse Martinez, Ricky Martinez and Nicolas Cardona. Honorary bearers were Joe Bustamante, Ben Bustamante, Paulino Martinez III, Alberto Martinez Jr., Ernest J. Martinez, Jessie Vega and Jay Vega.
Visitation was Sunday, March 2 at 1 p.m. at Grace Funeral Home in Goliad with a rosary at 7 p.m. at the chapel. Mass was held Monday, March 3 at 10 a.m. at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Goliad with Father Ralph Baidoo officiating. Burial followed at the San Jacinto Cemetery in the Riverdale community under the direction of Grace Funeral Home Goliad, 361-645-3216.