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
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.