Andrew "Andy" Martinez was born November 30, 1930 in Galveston, Texas to Joe M Sr. and Zenobia Martinez. He passed from this life on April 7, 2018 in Huntsville, Texas.
Andy was known to his family and all who knew him, as a loving and kind, husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and friend. Andy's faithfulness to his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ was evidenced in the way he lived his life. He always looked for the good in everyone and every situation.
Andy owned Martinez Tire and Supply, served as a construction safety supervisor for the Texas Department of Criminal Justice and operated a painting and construction business after retirement. He attended Sam Houston State Teachers College in 1951-1952. Andy was ordained as a Baptist minister in 1978 and served as Interim pastor at Faith Memorial Baptist Church. Over time, he was a member of Calvary Baptist Church, Elkins Lake Baptist Church and the Second Baptist Church in Huntsville. Andy was a Prison Ministry Volunteer for over 30 years including serving as Facilitator for the Voyager program at the Huntsville Prison Unit. Andy served as past elected member of the Huntsville City Council, Board of Trustees for Huntsville ISD, and Chairman of the Republican Party of Walker County.
Andy's other service work included the 32° Scottish Rite Freemasonry, the Arabia Temple Shriners where he helped disabled children and their families; and the Huntsville Lions Club. He was a Charter member of the League of United Latin American Citizens and a member of the city of Huntsville Cultural Planning Council. Andy served on the city of Huntsville Arts Commission and the Gulf Coast Trade Center Board of Trustees. Governor Rick Perry appointed Andy as Director for Trinity River Authority's Walker County area in 2004.
His wife of 63 years, Ila Martinez and his daughter, Debbie Martinez, predecease him. Andy is survived by his daughter, Andrea Scott and husband Wayne; his son, Russell; granddaughters Angela Stacks and husband Jared; Mika Spears and husband Neal; great-grandchildren Draper Stacks, Megan Anthony and Trent Spears.
Andy's family expresses their appreciation for their care to Pat Oliphant and her care-providers, and the caring staffs at Madisonville Care Center and Huntsville Memorial Hospital. Special thanks to Carl Jefferies and the Sunday school class at Second Baptist Church.
A Celebration of Life and family visitation will be held at the Waller-Thornton Gazebo at 10:30 AM, Thursday, April 12, 2018.
In lieu of usual remembrances, please consider donating to a church or charity of your choice.
Published on April 9, 2018