4-17-1956 ~ 7-5-2012
Lawrence ‘Larry’ Anthony Martinez, 56, beloved son, husband, father, papa, brother, uncle, cousin, and friend, passed away July 5, 2012 in Walsenburg, Colorado at his home as a result of medical problems.
He was born April 17, 1956 in Walsenburg to the union of Severino Martinez and Grace Valdez Martinez.
He is preceded in death by his father Severino Martinez in April 1970; his mother Grace Martinez December 1, 1993, and his sister Jennie Lablanc July 29, 2007.
Larry was a boxer and worked construction. He loved his garden, yard, and his home.
Dad would know the name of any song and artist that he was listening to. He loved every kind of music there is. Dad has a great collection of music.
Dad also loved recording movies, football games, and buying movies. His favorite TV show is the Three Stooges and he loves his western movies. He liked Elvis Presley, John Wayne, the Rock, Hulk Hogan. These are just a couple he liked. Dad liked the older comedies and some of the new ones. He also liked sci-fi movies too.
To me that’s what is great about Dad, he liked or loved such a variety of things.
He is a man who was all about his wife Kathy Martinez. They were married for 35-years. His kids meant the world to him: his oldest daughter, April Martinez, 33; his daughter Desaray Martinez, 31, (Ernie Garcia); his son, Severino Martinez, 31; and his daughter Christina Martinez, 29, (Julian Ortega).
He loved taking his family camping, fishing, on drives in the mountains, taking us to concerts, circuses. He just loved doing anything and everything with his family.
We would have a lot of camping trips with his brother, Severino Martinez, and his nieces and nephew. When his grandchildren came into the world, it opened up another part of dad and he was so happy, it was all about the grandchildren.
His oldest grandchild was named after him, Lawrence Anthony Martinez, 14⅟2; Roger IV, Arellano, 14; Zaneta Martinez, 13; Chanice Arellano, 13; Zuria Martinez, 11; Destinee Arellano, 10; Felicianna Montez, 10; Mileena Montez, 9; Paul Garcia, 5; Ciprianna Pineda, 4; and Ernie Garcia, 4.
There will be two more grandkids born. In August 2012 Elidia Marleen Garcia, and Ignacio Ortega will be born in September 2012.
His pet companions were Wolfy, Bullet, and Chucho. He loved his dogs so much.
Larry Anthony loved worshipping the Lord and teaching his grandchildren about the Lord and explaining the Bible to them. Dad and the grandkids did Bible study every day. Dad would help them with homework, Dad and Mom taught the boys Lawrence and Roger how to pour cement, put fences up, the rails to the ramp, and more. He taught the two older girls, Zaneta and Chanice, how to paint and take care of the garden. He played ball with all the grandkids and wanted a fence so they can play.
Dad and Mom have grass growing for the kids and dogs. Picnic tables were also put into the yard so everyone can have a seat. Dad would help the kids any way he can.
He also has a sister, Betty Jean and brother Mike. Dad was best friends with Manuel Encina, he is also his brother-in-law. His father-in-law is Arthuro Encina. He looked at Larry like a son. His mother-in-law Christina De la Cruz Encina and brother-in-law Johnny Encina passed away also.
Dad is, and always will be a very great man. He loved his family members. He has a lot of good/great memories with everybody he knows or knows him. Dad loved going for walks at the hospital or library. When he got sicker, he got a motorized wheelchair. He loved going to town and taking the kids for walks with mom, me, April and sisters Desaray and Tina. He was very happy going through town and going for rides in his chair. Dad loved going for rides up and down town in our vehicles. He loved going to La Veta for drives to take the kids to Charlie’s for ice cream or doughnuts. Dad was the greatest husband, father of four, and papa of 13.
He is also survived by several sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, wife, three daughters, one son, 13 grandkids, nieces, nephews, cousins, uncles, aunts, and friends.
Everything that we do each day will have a memory with our dad, husband and papa.
We will always remember him and always Dad will be in our hearts, minds, and our lives.
Dad was everything to us, and even more.
by Mark Craddock LA VETA — The La Veta Town Board and the La Veta RE-2 School District have successfully mediated an amended annexation agreement for