Ret. MSG Donald Jess Martinez Sr., 96, of Fayetteville passed away on Friday, June 3, 2022, at home peacefully surrounded by family.
Donald is preceded in death by his beloved wife of 61 years, Celia Martinez; sons; Joseph Lee, Michael, Donald, Jr.; daughter, Patricia; granddaughter, Sarah; sister, Toni; and brother, Demetrio. He leaves behind to cherish his memory his daughters, Mary Louise Gies (Anthony) of Lewistown, Montana, Natalie Rose Hoffman (Richard) of Fayetteville, and Laura Celia Martinez (Jessica) of Fayetteville; nine grandchildren, Angela, Adrian, Angela, Richard, Sean, Katie, D.J., Robert, and Don; thirteen great grandchildren; three sisters, Margaret, Irene, and Ruby; and two brothers, Albert, and Alfred.
Born to the late, Joseph and Eugenia Martinez in Salida, CO on December 25, 1925, and later moved to Grand Junction, CO. Donald proudly served his country for many years with the Special Forces Group at Ft. Bragg, he served tours in WWII, the Korea War, and the Vietnam War.
A Funeral Mass will be held at 10:30 AM on Thursday, June 9, 2022, at Rogers and Breece Funeral Home with Reverend Lowchy officiating. Burial will follow the service at Sandhills State Veterans Cemetery with full military honors.