Salvador F. Martinez a long time resident of Redondo Beach, CA passed away on October 26, 2008 in Carson, CA. Salvador was born in Michoacan, Mexico on March 17, 1915. In 1979 he became a citizen of the United States and resided in the Los Angeles area for a total of 66 years. Salvador worked at U.S Steel in Torrance as a steel roller where he retired after 30 years of service. After retiring, he had a landscaping route throughout the South Bay area. He loved to work with flowers and plants and had a green thumb to prove it! He was an avid card player who enjoyed playing cards with his grandchildren, sometimes letting them win just so they would keep playing. Salvador loved when all his family was around him. Especially the Bar-B-Ques held at his son and daughters homes, joking around and telling stories to whoever was sitting near him. He especially got a kick out of telling stories related to his childhood in Arizona. Salvador was also a big fan of the LA Dodgers. Survived by son, James (Susan)Martinez of Trabuco Canyon, CA, daughter, Frances Williamson of Carson, CA, brother Manual Martinez of Glendale, AZ, sister-in-law, Artie Noli of San Pedro, CA, 4 grandchildren, 2 great grandchildren and 1 great great grandchild. Preceded in death by his wife, Frances Martinez, mother and father, and 3 sisters. A gathering of family and friends will be held at Rice Mortuary Chapel in Torrance, CA on Sunday, November 2, 2008 from 4:00 P.M. until 8:00 P.M. with a Vigil Service at 6:00 P.M. The funeral Mass will be held at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church, 320 Massey St., Hermosa Beach, CA on Monday, November 3, 2008 at 10:00 A.M. Interment will follow at Green Hills Memorial Park, 27501 S. Western Ave., Rancho Palos Verdes, CA

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  1. Tio Chava will always have a special place in my heart. I lived with he and Tia Pachinta the first two years while attending college. He always had great stories and would love to rib all of us. Although he didn’t always want to show it, he had such a gentle side to him. Whenever I visited, he had such a big smile and hug for me and my family. I will always cherish some of his mannerisms and favorite sayings that added to his personality and character. He meant very much to me and will be missed.

  2. To the Martinez family, I’m sending my deepest sympathey for the loss of my Tio. Jimmy, Losing mom has been a devastating experience I have gone thru and still struggle with not being able to connect with her however I feel she is with Nana and Tata and her sisters and waiting for Tio to complete the circle. His passing is the process of the changing of the guards of our family and our need to remember all the lessons they taught us to become who we are. My prayers are with you and the family. Laura I to remember him well,his great big classic car,his love for the pier,clam chowder and his favorite phrase…geez Francis with a big smile..he is now in heaven making bonzi landscape for the pearly gates..Jim, Laura’s husband.

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