J. Antonio (Tony) Martinez

J. Antonio (Tony) Martinez, age 68, born in Fabens, Texas, passed away peacefully at home May 17, 2017.

He was surrounded by his loving family, after a courageous battle with cancer.

He leaves behind his wife Dora (Dee) of 21 years; son Sean (Rhonda), daughters Amanda and Nicole Anderson, Katie Martinez, step daughters Sue Ocuto (Jim) and Aly Rengifo (Miguel), brother Tommy and sister Socorro, 11 grandchildren and 1 great-grand.

Tony served 8 years in the USMC, 2 of those in the 1st Recon Alfa Bn. in Vietnam, which earned him a Bronze Star and numerous medals. Tony enlisted in the USAF where he served as a Senior Recruiter and after 28 years of service retired from Homestead Airforce Base as Senior Master Sergeant.

Tony’s passion was Karate, serving as a Special Advisor to Ashihara Karate International. He earned his 8th DAN in black belt under Hoosain Narker-KAICHO, Association head. Tony made everyone laugh with his sense of humor, sharp wit and uncanny memory.

He always ended his day with a Foster’s Lager. Rest now, and in peace my love.

A memorial service will be held on Sat. June 3, 2017 at Sacred Heart Church 106 SE 2nd Rd. Homestead, FL 33030. The 482d Base Honor Guard Homestead ARB presentation will commence at10:45am followed by a Mass at 11:00am.

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