Death of Steven Jon Martinez 1943 – 2009
Steven Jon Martinez, 66, passed away December 25, 2009
at Orchard Park Care Center in Orem after a courageous
battle with Parkinson's disease. He was born February
18, 1943 in Los Angeles, California to William Sosa
Martinez and Willo Maxine Moys. The oldest of four
children, Steve was a supportive, kind and loving big
brother. He was very active, and proved to be a gifted
gymnast and diver for Pomona High School.
After graduating in 1960, he enlisted in the United
States Air Force and served from June 1961 to March
1967. He had a passion for learning, and while
stationed in Japan, studied the Japanese language, even
though he wasnft required to do so while serving in the
military. After an honorable discharge, he was granted
his request to serve a mission in Japan for The Church
of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.
He met his wife while attending Brigham Young
University, and they married in the Los Angeles temple
June 17, 1975. He graduated with a bachelorfs degree in
accounting and information systems. He cared deeply for
his wife and children, and worked very hard throughout
his life to support them.
Steve found immense satisfaction in his career as a
computer programmer. He was very progressive in his
thinking, and enjoyed creating computer programs to
advance accounting procedures for greater efficiency.
He was an expert in his field and a great teacher, and
loved to tutor those who were interested in learning
more about computer systems.
Steve was a leader, not a follower, and was an
inspiration for many who looked up to him. He treasured
his family, his faith and his country. He was known for
his intelligence, his creative mind and genuine interest
in others. He had a strong work ethic and sacrificed
his wants and needs to serve others, and enjoyed
celebrating the accomplishments of his family. He will
be greatly missed.
Steve is survived by his brother, Bill Martinez; sisters
Alexa Martinez and Marina Martinez; his wife and
companion of 34 years, Mary Martinez; his children
Jonathan Martinez, Trisha and John Miner, Tracy
Martinez, Natalie and Matt Rix, Nathan Martinez, Julie
Martinez and Christina Martinez; a niece, Dana Butler-Montalvo;
and three grandchildren, Mazey, Brett and Alden Rix.
Funeral services will be held at the Orem Park Stake
Center, 195 West 300 South Orem, on Wednesday, December
30, 2009 at 11:00 a.m. A visitation for family and
friends will be held at Sundberg-Olpin Mortuary, 495
South State Street Orem, Utah on Tuesday, December 29,
from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., and one hour prior to the
memorial service from 9:45 to 10:45 a.m. at the Stake
Center. Interment will be in the Utah Veteransf
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