Richard “Rick” C. Martinez, Sr., age 75, of Topeka, KS, passed away on Tuesday, November 10, 2020 in Topeka.
Rick was born the son of Chrispine “Christy” Martinez and Guadalupe “Terry” Munoz Caballero on August 14, 1945 in Los Angeles, California.
After high school, Rick served his country with pride in the United State Army during the Vietnam War. He had worked for the Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company, retiring from Quality Control in 2004.
Rick was an avid sports fan and he enjoyed cheering for the KU Jayhawks, Kansas City Chiefs, Kansas City Royals and watching Boxing. In his spare time, he would stay active by playing pool, bowling and boxing. Other hobbies include; cooking, gardening, taking walks and keeping a meticulous lawn.
Survivors include daughter; Christine Martinez of Shawnee, KS and her children, David, Alexander, Michael and Gabriella Chavez; daughter, Pam Vigil and her husband Carlos of Puyallup, WA; daughter, Tracy Wilson and her husband Lance of Topeka, KS and their children, Chelsie Phillips and her husband Ben, Aubrey Wilson and Luke Wilson; son, Richard Martinez, Jr. and his wife Jennifer of Broken Bow, OK and their children, Cody Martinez, Titus Martinez, Calvin Martinez and Alyssa Martinez; mother and step-father, Guadalupe “Terry” Munoz and Thomas Caballero of Topeka, KS; brother, Don Martinez and his wife Susan of Denver, CO; sister, Sandee Martinez of Kansas City, KS; sister, Sonja Adams and her husband John of Murfreesboro, TN; sister, Lynn Wilkins and her husband Bryce of Topeka, KS.
He was preceded in death by his father, Chrispine “Christy” Martinez.
Cremation has been chosen. A private family service will be held at a later date.
Memorial contributions can be made in Rick’s loving memory to a charity that supports Vietnam Veterans. Contributions can be mailed or left with the funeral home.
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Arrangements entrusted to Brennan-Mathena Funeral Home, 800 SW 6th Ave., Topeka, KS 66603.