He was born on April 22, 1948, in Refugio, to Santos and Maria Martinez. He was a graduate of Refugio High School, class of 1966. He joined the United States Navy in 1966, serving three tours in Vietnam. Edward started his career in 1970 with Alcoa Aluminum. He lived in Victoria and married the love of his life, Estella DeHoyos. He relocated to Brazoria County in 1976. He was employed by Dow Chemical Texas Operations in 1976, where he worked faithfully until 2006 when he retired after 31 years of service. He was a member of St. Josephs on the Brazos Catholic Church, Charter member of West Brazos Knights of Columbus, and he was also a founding member of St. Joseph’s Guadalupanos. In addition to his involvement with church and community, he was a dedicated family man who devoted his life to his wife and son. A pillar of strength and stability, Edward was admired for his willingness to open his heart to anyone who asked. He cherished his family and friends, and his warmth and gentle spirit made him loved by many. He will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved him.
Visitation was held on Saturday, May 15, from 3 to 7 p.m. at Baker Funeral Home in Brazoria. A rosary was recited at 7 p.m. there that evening. Another visitation was held on Monday, May 17, from 4 to 8 p.m. at Moore Funeral Home, Inc. in Refugio. The funeral service was conducted on Tuesday, May 18, at 10 a.m. at St. James Catholic Church in Refugio.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Edward leaves behind to cherish his memories his wife of 40 years, Estella Martinez of Brazoria; son, George Edward Martinez of San Antonio; brothers, Perfecto Martinez and wife, Marisela of Atlanta, Ga., Juan Martinez and wife, Hortencia and Sylvester Martinez, all of Refugio; sisters, Guadalupe Garza, Gloria Garcia and husband, Tim of Refugio, and Mary Helen Fricks of Corpus Christi.
Final arrangements are under the direction of Baker Funeral Home, 118 W. Texas Ave., Brazoria, Texas 77422 (979) 798-2128 and Moore Funeral Home, Inc., 402 S. Alamo Street, Refugio, Texas 78377 (361) 526-4334
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