Francisco Claro Martinez unexpectedly passed away at his home on January 24, 2023. He was 82 years of age. Francisco (aka Frank, Oso, Poncho, Dad, Grandpa, Papa, Cousin and Uncle Frank) is survived by his wife of 54 years Rosemarie Martinez, daughter Theresa Martinez and son Anthony Martinez. He is also survived by his 2 granddaughters, 1 grandson, 1 great granddaughter and 2 great grandsons that he affectionally called his treasures.
Frank was born on April 2, 1940, in Los Angeles, California to Prejedes Martinez and Maria Limon. Frank graduated in 1958 from El Rancho High School in Pico Rivera, California.
On September 20, 1963, Frank was drafted into the United States Army. On September 19, 1969, he was honorably discharged from military service. Frank was very proud of his military service.
On July 13, 1968, Frank married the love of his life, Rosemarie Cressman. They purchased their first and only home in 1970 in Santa Fe Springs, California, where they lived and raised their daughter and son. He enjoyed spending quality time with family. He especially enjoyed planning and taking annual vacations with his family. Frank's devotion to his family was everlasting and priceless.
Frank worked as a postal clerk for the United States Postal Service for over 44 years. After retirement, he delivered flowers and became a Believer with CareMore Health Plan. He loved history, war movies and spending time with his grandchildren and great grandchildren. His favorite sports teams are the Los Angeles Rams, Los Angeles Angels, Los Angeles Dodgers and Los Angeles Lakers.
Frank was intelligent, hard working and selfless. He made friends everywhere he went. He was a devoted husband, father, grandpa and papa. He loved his extended family at the United States Postal Service, CareMore, his family and neighbors. He got along with everyone he had the pleasure of meeting and knowing. He was and continues to be loved by all. One could not have asked for a kinder and gentler person.
Frank joins his parents, stepmother, stepsister, aunts and uncles in heaven. The loss of Frank is heartbreaking. We all love and miss him very much.
Eternal rest, grant unto him O Lord and let perpetual light shine upon him. May he, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.
Thursday, February 16, 2023
11:30am - 12:00pm (Pacific time)
Riverside National Cemetery