Richard Martinez

richard martinez

January 8, 1949 ~ March 8, 2023

Born in: Holly, Colorado
Resided in: Pueblo, Colorado

Richard Martinez, 74, passed away March 8, 2023. Survived by devoted life partner, Judy Stefanich; brothers, Jess (La Vonne) Garcia and Victor (Debbie) Martinez; sisters, Esther (Richard) Gonzales, Rosemary Martinez and Linda (Jack) Valdez; children, Rick (Sonia) Martinez, Robert Martinez and Christina Martinez; 8 grandchildren; 4 great-grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews; and extended family. Preceded in death by his parents, Bennie and Micaela Garcia Martinez; and niece, Michelle Williams. Richard was born January 8, 1949, in Holly, Colorado. Richard worked as a network administrator for Avaya and IBM, was an owner and dance instructor at Pueblo Dance Company. He also taught dance at Sangre de Cristo Arts Center and the YMCA. He gave private and group lessons and taught line dancing. Richard was a member of Fraternal Order of Eagles 145 and YMCA. Cremation, Montgomery & Steward Crematorium. Memorial service, 2 p.m. Saturday, April 22, 2023, at King of Kings Lutheran Church, 2561 Vinewood Ln., Pueblo, CO. There will be a reception in the church hall, directly following the service. Online condolences,


Memorial Service: April 22, 2023 2:00 pm

King of Kings Lutheran Church
2561 Vinewood Lane
Pueblo, CO 81005


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  1. Terry and I have precious memories of Richard’s patient teaching, his calm demeanor, and smile. We are thankful for the times we had together – mostly at the Arts Center. Thank you for the memories. So sorry for your loss.

  2. Thank you for all the fun times on the dance floor at the Brass Saddle, Art Center, Nature Center, EEC, and Eagles. So many great memories. We all miss you so much! God bless you and your family.

  3. Thinking of you Judy, prayers and condolences to you and Richard’s family. From the Armijo Family.

  4. Sending lots of prayers to Richard’s Family!

    To Ricky, Crissy and Robbie:

    I am sending love and prayers so sorry you have lost your Dad. I have wonderful memories of your Mom and Dad and want you to know that I am always here for you! Our loved ones are in our hearts and minds cherish the memories. Love Aunt JoAnn, Cousins Anthony, Gayle, Robbie and family

    • Judy
      We are so sorry for your loss. We are so sad we didn’t get to know Richard better. He must have had a huge impact in a lot of lives. Please let us know if there is ever anything we can do for you.
      We will keep you in our thoughts and prayers. Maybe it would be a good idea for us all to spend time getting to know each other as a person and not just on the dance floor. You are a beautiful lady and I know you made Richards life a joy. God Bless you. Tim and Cheryl Zortman

  5. Sending love and prayers to Richard’s family!

    To Ricky, Crissy and Robbie,
    I am saddened that you lost your Dad my thoughts and prayers are with you now and always. I love you all so very much know that I am hugging you now and I am always here for you! I have some very good memories with your Mom and Dad.

    Love you

    Aunt JoAnn
    Cousins Anthony, Gayle Nick and families

  6. Richard danced his way into our hearts and into our lives and we’re all the better for it. He made us dance and made us laugh, what a legacy! I’ll miss his ready smile and wonderful attitude.
    Prayers for Judy and his family.

  7. Judy, my prayers and thoughts are with you. I am so sorry for your loss. I have so many wonderful memories of Richard, on and off the dance floor. I learned so much about dancing from him. I’ve always loved dancing but he made it so much fun with his sense of humor. I always loved the stories he told on a break in class. I was pleased that I as able to give you and him a ride on that motorcycle of mine. That was such a fun day!! So many memories!! Love ya Lots. Linda Diamond

  8. Our deepest heartfelt condolences going out to Krissy, Robbie and Richard and the entire family 😔 We were deeply saddened to hear of Richard’s passing. May you all find comfort in knowing your Dad had a good soul and was loved by many, he is missed. Praying that the void you have in your heart be filled with the love and memories he left behind for you ❤️ With love always, Lene and Mark

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