Robert (Bob) D. Martinez passed away at Kaiser Hospital in Santa Clara, CA on February 22, 2019.
Bob was 84 years old and born in Orange County, CA to Jesus Delgado and Remegio Martinez. He is survived by his loving wife of 64 years, Mary Garcia, and his children, Bobby, Connie, Gilbert and Albert. He is also survived by his sister Sally Leal, 9 grandchildren,
16 great grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews.
He graduated from Fremont High School and then served in the Marine Corps for 6 years. Bob was a truck driver for 38 years with Stucco Supply. He coached for Sunnyvale Pop Warner and Sunnyvale Metro Little League, both for 35 years. He was a lifelong San Francisco Giants fan and his favorite player of all time was Willie Mays.
The funeral service will be held at 3:00 pm on Thursday, March 7, 2019 at Lima & Campagna Funeral Home located at 1315 Hollenbeck Ave., Sunnyvale, CA. Family and friends are invited to a reception immediately after the service at 5:30 pm at Fiorillo’s Restaurant located at 638 El Camino Real, Santa Clara, CA. The burial service will be held at 12:30 pm on Friday, March 8, 2019 at San Joaquin National Cemetery, 32053 W. McCabe Road, Santa Nella, CA.
Donations and condolences may be offered at 1145 Dunford Way, Sunnyvale, CA 94087
Dear Mr. Martinez,
I wish I had thought to reach out to you before you passed away, but I didn’t. I’m posting this so that those who choose to read this will know that you were a kind and generous man you were. I played on your baseball and football teams in the early 1980’s and learned much from you and Albert during that time. We learned the X’s and O’Ss, but more importantly you believed in us. You tought us to be confident and humble. You showed us how to win gracefully and to accept loss with dignity. Most importantly, you cared enough to give 35 years of your life and you were a role model, for hundreds or even thousands of kids–and parents too.
THANK YOU. I will never forget you.
Brian A. Hazle