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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 wasnft 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 bachelorfs 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 Veteransf Memorial Cemetery.

Condolences may be sent to the family at www.sundbergolpinmortuary.com

Presidents:
Adney Y. Komatsu (1965 - 1968)
Served: 1965 - 1968
Areas Served:
Sendai, Kanazawa, Niigata, Tokyo South, Nishinomiya
Companions:
Timothy Jaques Black | William David Johnston |
Michael R.E. Sanders
Occupation: Accountant/Sys Analyst
Spouse: Mary




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