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Jose H Martinez

October 20, 1927 — August 21, 2020

Weslaco- Jose Hilario Martinez, 92, passed away on Friday, August 21, 2020, at Knapp Medical Center in Weslaco. He was born in Kingsville, Texas, to Federico J. Martinez and Lucia (Saenz) Martinez on October 20, 1927.

Jose was active in track and field and excelled in pole vaulting. After graduating from high school, he joined the United States Army and served as a corporal in World War II and the Korean War from 1946-1951. After being honorably discharged, Jose earned his Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree from Texas A&I in Education. He spent the next thirty years in education.

Jose had a chance meeting with Elvia Campos. It was love at first sight, and the couple was married within weeks. Then he and Elvia moved to Visalia, California, where he spent the rest of his career, raised their son, Carlos, and eventually retired. Teaching others was Jose’s passion. In California, he taught adult migrants the English Language at night.

After retirement, Jose and Elvia moved back to Weslaco, where they spent the rest of their lives. They enjoyed retirement and took several trips to Las Vegas. Jose and Elvia’s only son Carlos moved to Weslaco also. Jose loved to spend time with his grandchildren. He attended most of their sporting and school events. Jose loved spending time with his family.

Jose enjoyed life. He always had a smile on his face and never knew a stranger. He could talk to anyone about any subject, and he thoroughly enjoyed this.

Jose was a devout Catholic, and his faith was the most crucial thing in his life.

Jose is preceded in death by his parents, Federico J. and Lucia Martinez and sister Amparo McDonald.

He is survived by his wife of fifty-eight years, Elvia, son, Carlos Javier Martinez Sr. (Lupita), grandchildren, Klarissa, Krystal, Carlos J. Jr., and Kaylee Martinez, and sister Sylvia Garcia (Antonio).

Visitation will be Thursday, August 27th, 3-9 pm, with a holy rosary at 7 pm. The rosary will be streamed live for public viewing. Burial will be Friday, August 28, at 2 pm, at Highland Memorial Park, and will also be streamed live on Facebook.

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