J. Antonio (Tony) Martinez

Fabens, Texas &

Homestead, Florida

1949 - 2017

After They Are Gone

When someone we love passes away,
We ache, but we go on;
Our dear departed would want us to heal,
After they are gone.

Grief is a normal way to mend
The anguish and pain in our hearts;
We need time to remember and time to mourn,
Before the recovery starts.

Let's draw together to recuperate,
As we go through this period of sorrow;
Let's help each other, with tender care
To find a brighter tomorrow.

By Joanna Fuchs

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A man is not dead until he is forgotten. Go in peace and remember you are not forgotten while I am still on patrol.



J. Antonio (Tony) Martinez


July 9th, 2020
Thank you for your service to our country. Rest In Peace Tony.

J. Antonio (Tony) Martinez
Alpha Company   March 69 - April 70

RIP Tony

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J. Antonio (Tony) Martinez, age 68, born in Fabens, Texas, passed away peacefully at home May 17, 2017.

He was surrounded by his loving family, after a courageous battle with cancer.

He leaves behind his wife Dora (Dee) of 21 years; son Sean (Rhonda), daughters Amanda and Nicole Anderson, Katie Martinez, step daughters Sue Ocuto (Jim) and Aly Rengifo (Miguel), brother Tommy and sister Socorro, 11 grandchildren and 1 great-grand.

Tony served 8 years in the USMC, 2 of those in the 1st Recon Alfa Bn. in Vietnam, which earned him a Bronze Star and numerous medals. Tony enlisted in the USAF where he served as a Senior Recruiter and after 28 years of service retired from Homestead Airforce Base as Senior Master Sergeant.

Tony’s passion was Karate, serving as a Special Advisor to Ashihara Karate International. He earned his 8th DAN in black belt under Hoosain Narker-KAICHO, Association head. Tony made everyone laugh with his sense of humor, sharp wit and uncanny memory.

He always ended his day with a Foster’s Lager. Rest now, and in peace my love.

A memorial service will be held on Sat. June 3, 2017 at Sacred Heart Church 106 SE 2nd Rd. Homestead, FL 33030. The 482d Base Honor Guard Homestead ARB presentation will commence at10:45am followed by a Mass at 11:00am.

Born in Fabens, Texas 1949

Passed Away in Homestead, Florida 2017

Tony Martinez

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