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Martin Joseph Knanishu

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Martin Joseph Knanishu passed away at the Albuquerque, New Mexico Veterans Medical Center on June 17, 2019 at the age of 70 with loving family and friends by his side.

Marty was born on November 14, 1948 in Rock Island, Illinois. He attended Augustana College in Rock Island graduating in 1970. Soon after he was drafted in the US Army and served in Vietnam. He then entered the University of Illinois College of Law in Champaign, Illinois graduating in 1975 with a Juris Doctor degree. After passing the Bar exam, Martin’s career as a lawyer began in the University of Illinois Student Legal Service, then in a long service as a Public Defender and in private practices concentrating in criminal defense law in Champaign, Illinois, Roswell and Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Marty arrived in Roswell in the early 1980’s and worked for the New Mexico Public Defender’s Office. Everybody fell in love with Marty; Attorneys, Support Staff, Judges, Courthouse employees and even Prosecutors.

Hysterically funny. Quick-witted. A very bad singer of Warren Zevon, Grateful Dead and John Prine songs, Unmistakable in his high top Black Converse shoes at 6:00 a.m. Basketball games at the then-Roswell YMCA. A worthy adversary to the Roswell Inn “all you could eat Buffet”. Delighting all with his rendition of the “Augustana Walk.”

We went to work every day with a certain dread at the amount of caseload that awaited. Walking from your parking spot to the Office each morning gave you the opportunity to anticipate that dread. Then you remembered that Marty was going to be there that day and no one could not help from smiling.

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Dear friends in Roswell were D.P. Kilgo, Cliff and Joanne Sedillo-Jaramillo, Lloyd Otero, Michael Stout, Bruce Burwell, Kathy McGlotten, Frank Evriett, Marti Evriett, Jerry Serafino, Alvin Jones, Pam Kendrick-Stevens, Keith Oas, Ron Higginbotham, Alma Barragan, Sharon Hunter and Beth Hadlock, Kelly Owens, and so many more.

Marty moved to Albuquerque and continued his Law Practice there. Marty was accepted and embraced by his new community in Placitas, New Mexico.

If contributions are to be made in Martin’s memory, please consider organizations benefiting affected post-war Veterans, remembrances will be held in Rock Island at a date and time to be determined.

“Your Honor, I’m not looking for a Kiss on the mouth here, just a little pat on the fanny.” Martin J. Knanishu, Esquire