Our beloved husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother, uncle, and friend, Robert, passed away peacefully at home on January 15, 2020.
Robert was born on October 17, 1934 to Jose Rafael Martinez and Regina (Herrera) Martinez in Skarda, New Mexico. Robert was the eighth child out of fourteen.
Robert lived a full and happy life. Robert was a proud member of the Army National Guard and Army Reserve for seven years. Robert was a dedicated employee at Granger and Hunter Water Improvement District for 32 years. He married his sweetheart of 55 years, Margaret Ann Beals, on January 29, 1965. Their marriage was later solemnized in the Salt Lake Temple on August 14, 1969. Together they had three children, whom they are so very proud of.
Robert was a friend to all and was beloved by his community. Robert loved everyone unconditionally and always looked for a way to serve. Robert had the best sense of humor and enjoyed retelling his favorite dad jokes. One of his greatest joys was giving gifts to others with no expectation to receive anything in return. Later in his life, guests and loved ones who entered Robert’s home were guaranteed to leave with a gift of one of his favorite flashlights. Robert’s love for his family was unparalleled. One of the unique ways he showed his love was giving each of his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren their own special nickname name in Spanish.
Robert is survived by his loving wife, Margaret; his daughters Tanya Raylin Reese (Sterling) and Regina Marie Martinez (Marni); son Robert Edward Martinez (Kathryn Lever); five grandsons Tyler C Moore (Jamie), Cody R Moore (Tasha), Devin B Moore, Brendon E Moore (Makayla) and Isaac N Martinez; three granddaughters Alexsis Lever Woodall, Izabel Lever Woodall, and Madelaine Lever Woodall; six great-grandchildren Andrew James Moore, Cate Ryan Moore, Carter Thomas Moore, Kayson Godfrey, Piper Jean Moore, and Amelia Margaret Moore; sisters Beatrice (Ralph) Pohto and Helen Chavez; and many nieces, nephews, great-nieces, and great-nephews.
Robert was preceded in death by his parents, brothers Jose F. Martinez, Luis R. (Margaret) Martinez, Antonio “Tony” E. (Penny) Martinez, and Richardo “Richard” C Martinez; sisters Elsie (Emelio) Gallegos, Betty Johnson Peterson, Maria Anita Ludia (Sam) Suazo, Dora Juana Martinez, and Ida Maria (Joe) Walstra; brother-in-law, Miguel (Mike) Chavez; great-grandson Maddox Moore and three angel great-grandbabies.
A viewing will be held on Tuesday January 21, 2020 from 6pm to 8pm at McDougal Funeral Home 4330 South Redwood Road Taylorsville, UT 84123. His celebration of life will start at 12:30 PM Wednesday January 22, 2020 at the Brookwood Ward Meeting House 11970 S 1900 W Riverton, UT 84065. Interment after at Redwood Memorial Estates 6500 South Redwood Road Taylorsville UT 84123.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you kindly consider donating to the National Kidney Foundation or honoring Robert’s generous nature and doing an act of service in his name.