Memorial Service:

6/11/2015 Holy Trinity Church 7595 Westminster, Rosary 9:30 am, Mass 10:00 am Reception to follow

Abel A. Martinez

August 24, 1943 :: Bristol, Colorado
Passed Away:
June 1, 2015 :: Denver, Colorado

Abel A Martinez (Tony) 71, passed away June 1, 2015. A memorial service will be held at Holy Trinity Church located at 7595 Federal Blvd. in Westminster on Thursday, June 11, 2015. Rosary will be at 9:30 a.m., Mass will be at 10:00 a.m. Reception to follow with a slide show celebrating Abel’s life (same location).

Abel resided in Thornton, Colorado. He is survived by his wife Lydia (Armijo) Martinez. They had 3 children, son Anthony (Brina) Martinez, son Timothy (Kim) Martinez and daughter Priscilla (Ron) Acosta. Abel and Lydia have several grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren.

Once Upon A Time…
Abel and Lydia have a unique love story to tell. Abel’s parents lived next door to Lydia’s sister. While visiting her sister one day, she met Abel’s sister Alice. Alice asked Lydia how old she was and when Lydia said 18, Alice was delighted and told her she had a brother in Vietnam and asked her if she would be interested in writing to him. Lydia agreed. After writing several letters, they exchanged pictures. At the end of October 1966 Abel flew home, took a cab downtown in uniform, to her place of employment. They were engaged 1 month later and married August 19, 1967. Abel and Lydia would have celebrated 48 years of marriage on August 19th.

Abel graduated from Westminster High School and immediately joined the Marine Corps. He fought bravely in Vietnam for 1 year. After, marrying Lydia he went on to get an Associates Degree in Metallurgy and worked at Sundstrand Aviation for 33 years. After retiring, he went on to do many other things. He went to Locksmith College and did that for a few years, then went to school and learned to be a slot machine technician in Black Hawk. He continued more schooling and worked at the Post Office as a maintenance mechanic before retiring permanently. Lydia has every single letter Abel wrote to her and reads them often.

Our granddaughter Brianna had to write a personal narrative her sophomore year in High School. Her topic was love, so here she comes to our home, notebook in hand to interview Granny about how we met. She received an A+. She wrote a beautiful story. A week or so later I received a letter from her teacher who expressed to me that when she read the narrative, she cried. Enclosed is a copy of the narrative. Thanks Brianna, I will treasure it forever.

Abel was a kind, loving, funny man who truly loved his family. He will never be forgotten and will reside in our hearts forever. I Love You Abel-your Wife Lydia.


15 Responses to Abel A. Martinez

  1. Donna & Jens Armour says:

    First and foremost we would like to send our deepest condolences to my Auntie Lydia, our cousins, and their families for the loss of such a great husband, father, grandfather, and friend. Uncle Abel was a one of a kind! He always made people feel welcome, and made people laugh with his wonderful sense of humor. He will be missed dearly. Even though he is no longer with us, we will never forget him. God Bless you Uncle Abel.

  2. Benita Casias says:

    I would like to send my deepest sympathy to my sister Lydia and her family.There is nothing harder than losing a loved one. We only have our wonderful memories to get us through and our faith in God knowing we will all be together someday.Be strong Hermanita and know that you are always in my thoughts and prayers and always in my heart.I love you. Benita Casias

  3. Beverly Ramirez says:

    I would like to express my heartfelt condolences to my Aunt Lydia and entire family for their loss.Uncle Abel was a kind and funny man. When he laughed, he laughed with his whole body and his face lit up. He will be dearly missed. 48 years ago the Casias family moved into their new home next door to Mama Celia and Charlie and their family. Who would have known that this would have led to the beautiful Love Story of Lydia and Abel.This story of true love will be told from generation to generation.Uncle Abel will never be forgotten. I know he is in Heaven smiling down upon his family just like my Dad has been doing for us all of these years.Rest in peace Uncle Abel until we all meet again. Beverly Ramirez and Family

  4. Angie Perez says:

    First of all our most heartfelt condolences to the Martinez family.We are all heartbroken as well and feel your pain and loss.I will hold dear to my heart the precious memories i have of my Uncle Abel.He had a great sense of humor and a very welcoming spirit. He was the kind of person that everyone wanted to be around.We were so lucky to live very close and be able to run home from school, do our chores and run over to Aunt Lydia and Uncle Abel’s house.That’s where we wanted to hang out.We feel so blessed to have had such a wonderful Uncle in our lives. He was also very close to our husbands.Here’s a memory i will share.Uncle Abel was sitting on our porch one evening with another Uncle of mine. I was waiting for my boyfriend (now husband Lalo) to pick me up for a date and i wondered why he was so late. When i went to the door to see what was going on i realized my Uncles were giving him a hard time so he just kept circling the neighborhood.That’s what Uncles do. Lalo finally pulled up when i came to the door and my Uncles had a good laugh.When i think of my Uncle Abel it is always with great respect and admiration.God bless you Uncle Abel, i won’t say good-bye because i know we will see each other again. Tell my Dad we love and miss him. We love you Uncle Abel and will keep you Forever in our Hearts. Angie and Lalo Perez and Family

  5. Sandra Melgosa-Lundquist says:

    Words can never mend the heart or help the pain! But the memories of a loved one keeps them close to your heart and mind! So Lydia and Kids, just know that Abel always made me laugh, and I loved how he made my Aunt Celia laugh. He and Danny, my brother, have some great stories of their teen years. His laughter was contagious! As a young girl I could only hope that some day, someone would look at me the way He looked at Lydia. You two had the most beautiful children! Wish I could make it, but only found out today of funeral, and I couldn’t get off work. Just know you are in my thoughts and prayers, and I will always remember his good looks! With love Sandra

  6. Bri Acosta says:

    Grandpa, each day is becoming harder without you, I’d always come to you for advice. I am thankful for eighteen years worth of memories and you’ll forever be in my heart. I miss visiting on Wednesdays and continue to miss you each day. Rest easy, I love you.

  7. Marti Robards says:

    Abel and Lydia have been the best neighbors a person could hope for. I will miss Abel’s sense of humor — he always put a smile on my face. My heart and love goes out to Lydia and the whole family.

  8. Jerry Melgosa says:

    Jerry’s and Margie’s thoughts and prayers are in our mind for Lydia and Abel’s family. Enjoyed listening to some very funny stories Abel had to tell. God Bless.

  9. Marcia and Tony Brunetti says:

    Such a wonderful and respected man, your beautiful sons and daughter will carry on your amazing legacy . Lydia we will pray for you and your family to stay healthy and strong Love you Marcia & Tony

  10. Ashlee Acosta says:

    I remember being in kindergarten and spilling water on my library book. When I turned in the book the librarians told me I needed 16$ because the book was damaged. Grandoa Abel was a hero and when he came to Cherry Drive Elementary and generously paid for my book I knew I’d never forget him. He was a strong brave man. I love you Grandpa and I’ll never forget about you and I will miss you so much everyday for the rest of my life.

  11. Ron Acosta says:

    Abel, words can’t begin to describe how thankful I am to have been part of your life. You were to me part father, part brother and part friend all rolled into one person! Thank you for allowing me to be part of your family! Ron.

  12. Lydia Martinez says:

    Abel was my first and only love, so I am having a really hard time. Driving home his ashes today was especially hard, he is in our home now where he loved to be. I will take really good care of him until I put him to rest at Fort Logan in a few months.

  13. Tim Martinez says:

    Thank you everything dad, you raised a very loving, loyal, hard working and successful family. Your love, devotion and respect for our lovely mother will continue through us and we will never forget the life standards you taught us. We forever miss you and love you dad.

  14. Bianca Acosta says:

    I love you grandpa! I’m glad I got to spend your last moments on earth with you. Thank you for being so generous! having a big heart, and being the best grandpa ever! U were such a fun grandpa! Have fun building a home for your family up there.. will all be united again some day! Love u!

  15. Priscilla Acosta says:

    Iwill never forget u dad! I love u and u will always be a part of my life! Rest in peace, I will see u again.

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