Samuel Martinez

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Samuel Martinez

February 08, 1933 - September 27, 2018

Samuel Martinez was the 3rd son of 6 children born to Jose & Zenobia Martinez of Huntsville Texas. He
passed away peacefully at his home at 11:15pm on Thursday night. Samuel was born in the sawmill
quarters at Boettchers mill on February 8th, 1933. After graduating from Huntsville High School in 1953
he attended Sam Houston State University and at the end of the first semester he was drafted into the
United States Army serving 17 months and 14 days in Germany. During his last few weeks of service he
and some friends went to France and England to site see and what a site he found. It was a beautiful Irish girl named Marie at a train station that he walked up to and introduced himself as her future husband. Three weeks later he returned home and wrote back to her for a year before sending a one way ticket to Texas. They married on April 14th, 1957 at First Baptist Church in Huntsville Texas bearing four children.
Sam was an athlete at Huntsville High in both track and football and grew up around the saw mill
working summers at the mill for his dad and hauling hay and ice. His father went blind with cataracts
when he was young so at age 12 he delivered ice on a route with his brothers before school to help
make ends meet.
After returning from the army Sam and his brother Joe went into business in Huntsville selling tires, service, and gas. They dabbled in circle track racing during the 1950s and 60s and later on ran the concession business at the old Huntsville race track.
Shortly thereafter he went to work at Sam Houston State University in the Garbology department as he liked to put it. He also ran a shipping business as a short haul carrier Railway Express. In 1970 he and his younger brother Manual partnered in a restaurant business in Groveton Texas called Casa Martinez Restaurant making the 3rd of three restaurants to have the family name. While in Groveton he was asked to be the acting Mayor pro tem and was featured on the front page making the first transatlantic call to London England from Groveton. He called his mother in?law on that call which once again proved his devotion to family. The restaurant business was tough and the building was sold and he returned to Huntsville in 1974 to begin his career with Texas Department of Criminal justice. He was on the job less than 6 months when the Carrasco siege happened and was promoted to Sargent during this time. A few years later in 1976 he was promoted to Captain and moved his family to the Goree unit in Huntsville.
Sam retired from the Texas Department of Criminal justice and both he and his wife enjoyed life beyond
measure as volunteers with St. Thomas the apostle Catholic church, the HEARTS Veterans museum, and
catering various fundraisers for anyone ever in need. A life of service and a reputation for honesty and
integrity are things he will always be remembered for by his family and friends. He was totally devoted
to his family and visited his father and mother each morning before going to work while they were alive.
He loved telling stories of his time in the military and different stunts he pulled as a young man. Many
people came to him for advice because he thought clearly and would always tell you the truth if you
were willing to listen. The value of his knowledge and kind spirit lives on with his memory.
Sam is preceded in death by his parents and five siblings as well as his daughter Cheril who passed away
in 2014. He is survived by his wife Marie of 61 years and three children, Steven Martinez of Seattle
Washington and partner Dale Gideon, Pamela and Bruce Baggett of Huntsville, & Don & Deborah
Martinez of Huntsville with grandchildren Seth Lewis, Brandon Martinez, Jantz Martinez, Zane
Thompson, Bryce Baggett, Lexus Baggett, Forbes Baggett, and Byrne Baggett. He and Marie have five
great grandchildren with extended family of nieces, nephews, and cousins stretching across the globe
from The United States, Mexico, and the United Kingdom.
We wish to extend a special thank you to each person who called and came by to visit dad the last few
years. His smile, stories, funny faces, and humor will be greatly missed by all that truly knew him.
Funeral services will be at 2:00pm Wednesday, October 3, 2018 at Sam Houston Memorial Funeral Home. Visitation will be Tuesday October 2, 2018 from 5:30 to 7:30 pm. Interment will be at Brooke Cemetery, Huntsville, Texas.
Published on September 28, 2018
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Peter and Susan Hayes
Oct 04, 2018
I was so sad to hear of the passing of Sam. I don't know that he realized how many lives he truly touched. He was such a loving man and always had such wonderful stories and always talked about his love for his wife Marie. I am truly honored to have worked with Sam and Goree and get to know him, as well as visit with him when he cooked for the Knights of Columbus at St. Thomas. Sam is a man that will truly be missed. May he rest in peace and continue to be a beacon of light for us all.
Jeannine Jacoby
Oct 01, 2018
I am saddened by the loss of Sam. My prayers are with the family during this difficult time.
David Goodrow
Sep 30, 2018
My god I remember Boettchers Mill and the racetrack in Huntsville. Thats where my daddy “Will Goodrow” raced for years. I still have a scar on my bottom lip where i fell out of the stands and hit the concrete below. I’ve known the Martinez family all my life and and our prayers are with the family.