Joe M. Martinez

August 17, 1947 – August 20, 2020

Joe is preceded in death by his parents, J.C. Martinez & Katherine Martinez, by his son Sergio Martinez, brother John Navarro, and sister Mary Fromberg. He is survived by his daughter, Kim Martinez and her husband, Jose Martinez. He is also survived by his two grandsons, Anthony Martinez (and his wife Tara), and Hunter Anderson. Also by his brothers Fernando Martinez and Amador Lopez, and sisters Connie Lopez, Teresa Avila, and Mary Martinez. Also by his first wife and dear friend, Patricia Rubalcava.

Joe was from the Turlock High class of 1966. He worked and operated his parents’ family business, Martinez Plywood. He was known for his love of music and his amazing saxophone playing. Joe was always the life of the party and known for his genuine kindness, generosity, and big heart. He will be deeply missed by his family and many, many friends.

A graveside service will be held on, Saturday, September 5, 2020 at 10:00 a.m., Turlock Memorial Park, Turlock, California.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Community Housing and Shelter Services, P.O. Box 881, Modesto, California. 95354. This non-profit helps Stanislaus County Homeless families. Joe would daily drive by each Turlock park to pray for the homeless, his empathy for them was very real.


  1. Our thoughts and prayers to the Martinez family in their lost of a great man. I knew and hung out with Joe at Turlock High School. Always had a smile and positive attitude on life. Will miss him, and my wife will miss his positive FB postings. We’ll see you on the other side Joe. Miss you❤
    Gale & Linda Wilson
    THS Class of ’66

  2. I remember Joe as a high school freshman – always laughing. Our gang had some swimming parties at his house. He loved being a host.

    He certainly grew to look very distinguished and seeing that he was an accomplished saxophone player, he looks the part in that picture.

    He had a very kind and loving soul – what a loss!

  3. We send our sincere condolences to Fernando & family. Joe was such a sweet person. He will be missed by many.


    Marlene Vierra McClellan & Jim
    South Carolina

  4. I met Joe, his brother Fernando and their beautiful mother Katherine over 42 years ago when I worked for them at their lumber Company, Martinez Plywood, Inc., as their accounts receivable clerk. All the years I’ve known this dear man he was always happy and he spoke very highly of his family that he obviously loved very much. My condolences go out to Joe’s family.
    Joe was a kind, generous, and fun loving man who will be missed dearly by his family and many many friends. RIP my friend and thank you for the fond memories.

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