Delano “Dee” Martinez, 77, of Anthem, AZ was called home on December 14th, 2012. He was born in Flagstaff, AZ on May 23rd, 1935. Delano is survived by his wife Sandra of 50 years, daughter, Holly (Chuck), son, Brandon (Julie), grandchildren, Torri, Jordan, Delano and Jacob, two sisters and two brothers. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army and a Journeyman Plumber for 35 years. He will be long remembered as a devoted husband, father and grandfather and loyal friend to many. A Memorial Mass will be held on Thursday, December 20th, 2012 at 11:00 AM at St. Rose Catholic Church, 2825 W. Rose Canyon Circle, Anthem, AZ 85086. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Hospice of the Valley, 1510 E. Flower Street, Bldg. 2 Phoenix, AZ 85014.
My sincere thoughts and prayers are with each and everyone of you. I loved and adored Dee as if he was my own family. I have so many beautiful memories of him. I learned so many things from him as well. He was always kind to everyone he met. He never had a bad word to say about anyone. He shared his life and his stories with us all the time. His days in Korea to his growing up days in Flagstaff and of course he shared his stories of all of you. Holly he shared how he felt the day you left to go to college and when you and Chuck got married. He loved all of you so much. Brandon he shared his days with you growing up and the cars he bought for you and your days of going to Sunnyslope High School. Julie he shared stories of you and your family and he considered you as his other daughter. He always spoke of Torri, Jordan, Delano and Jacob. He was so proud of Torri going to ASU to become a doctor. He spoke of his grandsons as well. Chuck he was also so proud of you and your accomplishments with the Glendale Fire Department. Sandy he loved you so much. He told us of how and when he met you and the early days together. From working at JC Penneys to managing apartments in Mesa to going to school to become a Plumber. He was such a kind man and I never saw him ever get mad. He always had a smile on his face. I am going to dearly miss Dee. He was such a good friend and mentor to me. Heaven has a new angel. I will foreverly be grateful for his friendship and love. Thank you for sharing him with me. He made my life just that more meaningful!
I am sorry for your loss May you rely on God at this time. The widow and Fatherless boy he relieves (Psalm 146:9) You have the hope of seeing your loved one again by means of the resurrection (John 5:28,29, Acts 24:15) May you trust this promise because it is impossibel for God to lie (Hebrews 6:18)