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Gabriel Martinez Sr.
Gabriel Martinez Sr. (Gable, Big Gabe) passed away April 19th, 2020 at home. He was born to Margarita Ana Dominguez and Rubel Martinez in Ogden, UT. He was a devoted, hard-working father, husband, brother, grandfather, great grandfather, and friend.
He worked for Ogden City for 35 years and retired from there. He was well known in the community. He was kindhearted, he loved playing his guitar on the front porch, and was forever in the garage working on his next project. He enjoyed his family’s company. He was a jokester. His presence filled the room with happiness, joy, and a sense of protection. He had a heart made of gold. He will be dearly missed.
Gabriel is survived by his wife Mishelle Martinez, three children and one stepson, Leroy Fernandez, Gabriel Martinez Jr., Eugene Martinez, and Deloris Martinez, his fourteen grandchildren, and many great-grandchildren. Lastly, his four-legged princess, Clementine.
Due to Covid-19, a celebration of life will be held at a later date.
He wanted his life to be remembered as a celebration and grandpa says to be kind to each other. We will contact family and friends with details later on.
When Mr. Martinez was making his rounds in our part of Ogden, he often stopped to chat with our then two year old son. He instructed him to go to school and learn as much as he could and make a contribution to society. Although he was young and growing, Mr. Martinez took him seriously and became a mentor as that little boy grew. He made it through graduate school, becoming a fine college teacher. It was always a treat for our son to encounter Mr. Martinez when he came home to visit. Mr. Martinez will be missed. Our condolences to his loved ones.
Linda R Jun 11 2020 12:00 AM
So sad you are gone, I will miss you always. Your smile, your friendship, all of it. I grew up on Reeves, remember all the fun we had, you giving us kids rides up and down the street on your motorcycle (all day long); taking a truckful of kids to Lagoon; working on our cars, so many memories. Loved when you and Mishelle would show up at my office, I think I would talk your ears off. You touched many people with your spirit. RIP.
Ren Meza May 4 2020 12:00 AM
So much to say and many memories. I knew whenever I visited my brother in law I would be engulfed with a huge hug . When it was time to go he always said already cant you stay longer ? We could talk about anything and no sugar coating . I will miss those talks and the times we all laughed till we could hardly catch our breathe and ribs hurt I will miss the personal times the US times I know the struggle has been real the last several years however I find peace knowing you were at home and on your own terms . Till we meet again brother watch over my sister. There is a big void without you . My love brother and sis
Corinne May 1 2020 12:00 AM
So sad to hear of your passing! You gave me one of the greatest memories as a child, when you took your family to California, you chose to take the burden of adding another child, ME!!! Every time I our paths crossed, you made me feel special. You have always been good to me. I will miss seeing you driving around town in your Bronco! May you rest in peace! Last of the Mohicans!
Lonetta May 1 2020 12:00 AM
It is a great gift of having the pleasure of meeting this man a Gental Giant I loved when I would go visit his wife n him he always welcomed me in to sit n shoot the @#%* just a pleasant person to be around I will miss you greatly my friend please be at peace and know you are a legacy in our book of Life Karin & Felipe Saucedo
karin Apr 30 2020 12:00 AM