CASA GRANDE — Rafael Martinez Sr., 80, died peacefully on June 3, 2021, at home, surrounded by his family.


Mr. Martinez was born on March 15, 1941, to Juan and Altagracia Martinez in Weslaco, Texas. He was a dedicated husband to his wife of 60 years, Frances, and a great father to his three sons.

He was hardworking and loved spending time with his family. He loved to dance and go to casinos. He was a huge Dallas Cowboys fan and enjoyed watching them play.


He is survived by his wife; his three sons, Ralph Martinez Jr. of Coolidge, Eddie Martinez of Phoenix and Mark Martinez of Casa Grande; a sister, Maria Cardenas of Casa Grande; 16 grandchildren; and 27 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by two brothers, Wenceslado Valero and Lupe Martinez, and four sisters, Petra Martinez, Reyes Torres, Juana Graces and Sara Maldonado.


Celebration of life beginning at 10 a.m. on Saturday, June 12, at J. Warren Funeral Services, Cole & Maud The Gardens Chapel.

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