July 6, 1941 ~ October 4, 2015

Born in: Montrose, CO,
Resided in: Pueblo, CO

It is with sorrow and heavy hearts we say good-bye to our precious son, father, father-in-law, husband, papa, brother... Sonny went to be with the Lord early Sunday morning around 5am. His courage and fight were inspiring til the very end. He was one of a kind. Always quick to apologize, quick to say he loved us and quick to forgive. It was obvious what was important to him in this life by just looking around his room - special things we made for him as kids were still on his shelves and there were notebooks filled with scriptures & people he was praying for. He was disciplined and focused and deeply loved others. He loved to bless people with special surprises or meet their needs in practical ways. He was full of character and had a great personality. He was amazingly talented and could play anything on the piano by ear - he would hear something once, then play the exact thing only jazzed up and with his own flair. Above all my dad loved God with his entire being & was tremendously strong in his faith. He was always praying & encouraging us to do the same bc God has the power to transform lives.. Just being in my dad's presence was calming and he was one of the most remarkable people God has ever created. There will be a hole in our lives & hearts until we are united again. .. We also want to say how much we appreciate all the love and support we have felt during this difficult time more than we can say. If anyone would like to watch my dad's funeral but can't be there, we will be live streaming it. Here are directions to watch on your iPhone, iPad and I believe you can also get it on any smartphone. Follow the instructions below: 1. Download the app 'Sunday Stream' 2. Open app and enter 'familyworshipcenter' - all one word & lowercase. 3. or go to http://familyworshipcenter.net/message from your computer and click on 'LIVE Player'

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  1. I’m sorry for the grief that lies ahead for family and friends.
    I actually didn’t know Mr. Martinez. But our paths crossed many—-many—years ago and, as a result, I have had occasion to remember him, very fondly.
    Mr. Martinez was a bantam league football coach and I was one of his players.
    Despite my showing up for all the practices and doing all the drills, I rarely got in the game. I was among the youngest and smallest, so that could explain a lot. But, he was kind enough to let me carry the ball in practice (I’m sure, to let the defense feel the joy of a great tackle). But, if a game was in its late stages and the outcome was decided, he did put me in a time or two.
    I never complained about the lack of opportunity because I think I understood his reasoning—there were older, bigger and (possibly) better players.
    But, be that as it may, I never forgot his pure kindness.
    I’m sorry for your loss.

  2. Sonny was my Bantam Football team coach in (about) 1964. He was not a shouter. He was a patient teacher. Of course he knew the game very well, but he added humor and his own good nature to the job. We were lucky to have him for a coach. Dan Pryor, Bowie, MD dvpmsc@hotmail.com

  3. Was sad to hear of the loss of a great man of God. Our prayers for all of the family. We love and miss you all.kkk

  4. To the family – The previous days were filled with so much love and joy and laughter while in Sonny’s presence; the present day is filled with sad hearts and the sorrows of saying goodbyes; the future days will be filled with warm and beautiful memories of a wonderful and gentle man that touched so many lives by sharing his love of God. May you be blessed and surrounded by God’s strength and love now and may he bring you peace and gentle loving thoughts and memories in the days ahead.

  5. Only just learned of Sonny’s passing and am deeply saddened. We had conversed long distance between Colorado & Arizona many times in the early 2000’s.

    Everything that was said about Sonny’s remarkable Spirit and Being was right on thank You. I will continue to look forward to running into him as oft I stroll down “Memory Lane” relative to our live’s & times in Pueblo.

  6. Sonny was a talented, special and unique man! I (Nancy) have fond memories of times spent with him in music ministry/ preparations when he was at PCC. He always knew just what to do or say to make it \better\”! He was patient and kind

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