March 31, 1937 - March 26, 2008
Alfred "Al" Martinez was born to Lee and Siria Martinez on March 31, 1937, at 631 Tucker St. in Craig. He died at the same address on March 26, 2008.
Al attended Craig Elementary School, Craig Junior High School and Moffat County High School.
In later years, he attended Metro State College in Denver. While attending high school, he was employed by Craig West Theater. In the late 50s, he moved to Rangely, and was employed by the Bestway Food Store, where he was trained by the Hayden Family as a butcher.
In later years, he moved to Denver, where he was employed as a caretaker of the town club, a private social club. Later on, he decided to become a barber and attend Barber College and he became a barber in Denver.
Failing eyesight forced him to give up his brief career as a barber, and he returned to Craig, where he was employed at the Colorado Unemployment office.
After his return to Craig, he was responsible for building his mother and father a new home at 631 Tucker St.
The Catholic Church was a very important part of Al's life, whether in Rangely, Denver or Craig. His religion sustained him and assisted him in becoming the person that he was.
He was a founding board member of the Vizabilities and a member of the Board of Directors for the Independent Life Center in Craig.
He volunteered and was active in various civic organizations including: Toys for Tots, The Food Bank, Share of Colorado and translated for various government and other facilities.
He was proud and happy to give freely of his time when needed.
He will be remembered as that guy with the white walking stick who somehow managed to walk in and around the city of Craig.
Al was preceded in death by his father and mother, Lee and Siria Martinez, and his older brother, Delfie.
He is survived by his sister Dorothy and her husband Harry Seip of Fresno, Calif.; brother Armando and his wife Gloria Martinez of Craig, Ben Martinez of Baneberry, Tenn.; sister-in-law Martha Martinez of Craig and numerous nephews and nieces.
A funeral service was at St. Michael Catholic Church. Burial was at Craig Cemetery.