Ricardo Martinez, age 48 of Phoenix, AZ, died July 2, 2018 in Phoenix, AZ. He was born May 10, 1970 in Chicago, IL to Guillermo and Catalina Martinez. Rick graduated in 1988 from Bedford High School in Michigan. After graduation he enlisted in the US Army. He was stationed overseas in Germany and was a Desert Storm Veteran. After his tour of duty he returned to Chicago, IL where he served in the Army Reserves while attending college classes at Elgin Community College. He worked in Retail Management with Walgreens and Walmart. In 1993 he was blessed with a daughter, Alexis and in 1998 his son Miguel was born. Rick moved to Arizona in 1999 living in Avondale, Goodyear, and most recently Phoenix. He enjoyed going to the movies, especially Star Wars with his children, and loved to watch his Chicago sports teams: the Cubs, Blackhawks and the Bears!
Rick is survived by his daughter, Alexis Martinez; son, Miguel Martinez; parents, Guillermo and Catalina Martinez; and sisters, Patricia Alvarez (Luis), Maria Cristina Martinez, Blanca Ryan (Patrick). He was preceded in death by his grandmother, Maria Elisa Gracia, and his brothers, Guillermo “Memo” Martinez and Ezequiel “CheQue” Martinez.
A memorial gathering will be held from 1:00 – 5:00 pm on Saturday, September 15, 2018 at Thompson Funeral Chapel, 926 S Litchfield Road, Goodyear, AZ 85338. Burial will be Monday, September 17, 2018 at 11:00 am at the National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona, 23029 N. Cave Creek Road, Phoenix, AZ 85024.
Gonna miss you, Rick. Even tho we didn’t meet until you were done with your tour, I felt like you have been my best friend my entire life. A stand-up guy who would go to bat for anyone that he cared about, and your straight shooter way will be greatly missed.
R.I.P. mi hermano.