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Richard Joseph Martinez

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Richard Joseph Martinez

Richard Joseph Martinez of Albuquerque, New Mexico passed away on March 17, 2020 in Albuquerque, NM at his home surrounded by family. A memorial will be announced at a later date so we may gather and celebrate his life.

Richard was born on March 31, 1951 in Roswell, NM, the son of Rosie and Luis Arredondo. Richard spent his youth in Roswell and was a paper boy back in the day when newspapers were sold on the streets in Roswell. Even as a youth, Richard contributed to the family household as the young man of the family. He continued his hard work ethics when the family moved to Visalia, California and worked in the fields.

After graduating from Redwood High School in Visalia, he served his country in the Army and was honorably discharged on February 27, 1973. Richard continued with his education at ENMU and earned his Bachelor’s in Business Administration, on April 30, 1976 and his Master’s in Business Administration on December 16, 1977. Richard subbed for Truman Middle School in Albuquerque for many years after his retirement.

Richard leaves behind the love of his life Ana M. Chacon Martinez of Albuquerque who he married on May 26, 1984, in El Paso, Texas. He also leaves behind to cherish his memory Luis Arredondo (father) and as a brother who loved to tease his sisters unmercifully and with much joy, Connie Villas of Albuquerque, Patricia Botello of Roswell, Sylvia Martinez Anaya (Paul Carlos) of Portales, Catherine Murry (Jerry) of Arizona, Natalie Martinez of Roswell, Mary Beardsley (Tom) of Roswell, and many nephews and nieces, and great nephews and nieces.

Richard is preceded in passing by his mom, Rosie Arredondo, grandmother, Rosa Najar, and his grandfather Esperidion (Speedy) Najar.

Richard was known as a kind and gentle person and loved his God and found comfort in his church, Calvary Chapel Southwest, in Albuquerque. He will be deeply missed and remembered always.