1972 - May 20, 2010
Justin Martinez was born Aug. 23, 1972, in Homestead, Fla., the son of Armando Martinez and Gloria (Boyett) Martinez.
He died May 20, 2010, in Grand Junction after a brief illness. He was 37.
During his childhood, as an Army brat, he resided in Homestead, San Angelo, Texas, and the Panama Canal Zone.
The start of his education began at Fort Canyon Preschool in the Canal Zone, and then he attended Holy Angels Catholic School until third grade, when he moved to Craig.
He graduated from Moffat County High School, where he was a participant in the school’s first soccer program.
Later, he attended the University of Wyoming, Colorado Northwestern Community College and Mesa State College.
In his younger days, Justin enjoyed hunting, fishing and target shooting with his father. Justin was an avid sports fan. Snowboarding was a particular passion of his.
He also enjoyed music and reading. Justin enjoyed traveling and visited the following countries: Ireland, England, Germany, Iceland, Spain, France, Mexico, the Caribbean and most of the 50 states.
He had been employed at Thrifty Car Rental in Grand Junction for the past several years, and also held an additional job at SkyWest Airlines in Grand Junction for a period of time.
Justin was preceded in death by his grandparents, Lee and Siria Martinez, and Earl and Edna Boyett; uncles Delf and Alfred Martinez, Carol, Bryan, Gerald and Roger Boyett; and aunt Evelyn Boyett.
He is survived by his parents; sister Andrea (Mike) Edwards, of Craig; nephew Garrett Flint and niece Carson Flint, of Craig; aunt Dorothy (Harry) Siep, of Fresno, Calif.; uncle Ben Martinez, of Baneberry, Tenn.; and uncle Bobby Boyett, of Valdosta, Ga. He is further survived by numerous cousins and many friends.
A service was held May 26, 2010, at St. Michael Catholic Church. Escorts were Marcus Nelson, Robin Marsh, Eric Johnson, Jim McGruder, Kevin Sidener and Sheldon Revis. Honorary escorts were Garrett Flint and Carson Flint.
Burial followed at Craig Cemetery.