Elias M MartinezApril 16, 1931 ~ June 8, 2017 (age 86)
Elias M Martinez joined the Creator of all that is seen and unseen on June 8th 2017. Elias was born on April 16th 1931 in Eagle Pass, Texas. Mabton, WA became home when his family went to work at the Yakima Chief Ranch. In 1950 Elias was drafted into the Army and then served in the Korean War. In 1971 he moved to Seattle, WA and eventually became a metal fabricator for REI until his retirement in 2005. Elias enjoyed traveling, playing billiards and following the Seattle sports scene.
Elias is survived by sisters Eloisa Rivas of Pasco, Maria Espinoza of Seattle, Carmen Ochoa of Mabton and brother Ruben Martinez of Mabton. Elias was preceded in death by his parents Santos and Teodora (Moreno) Martinez, Sister Guadalupe Perez, and brothers Gregorio Martinez, Jose Martinez, Enrique Martinez and his long time partner Judy Carpenter.
Viewing and visitation will be held Sunday, June 11, 2017 from 4:00 to 8:00 pm with recitation of the Holy Rosary at 6:00 p.m. at the Smith Funeral Home Chapel in Sunnyside, WA. Mass of Christian Burial will be Monday, June 12, 2017 at 10:00 am at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church in Grandview, WA with burial to follow at Mabton Cemetery in Mabton, WA. Those wishing to sign Elias’s online memorial book may do so at www.funeralhomesmith.com Smith Funeral Homes in care of arrangements.