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Chindo Martinez

A Mass of Christian Burial is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. Friday, Oct. 26, at Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church for Eleutario “Chindo” Cabezuela Martinez of Artesia.

Martinez, 73, passed away Saturday, Oct. 20, 2018, at Artesia General Hospital.

Fr. Vijaya Raju will officiate the services, with interment to follow at Twin Oaks Memorial Park, with military honors provided by the Carlsbad Veterans Honor Guard. Pallbearers will be Oscar Sanchez, George Sanchez, Fabian Gonzales, Carlos Martinez, Rodrigo Martinez and Kirsten Martinez. Honorary pallbearers are all of his grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Visitation will begin at 1 p.m. Thursday at Our Lady of Grace. A prayer vigil will be held at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the church.

Chindo was born March 29, 1945, in Marfa, Texas, to Pedro P. and Manuela C. Martinez. He was a lifelong resident of Artesia, graduating from Artesia High School in 1964.

He served his country in the U.S. Army beginning in 1965 and was honorably discharged in 1967.

On June 17, 1968, he married Norma Flores in Carlsbad.

Chindo was a lifetime member of Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church and worked at the Amax Potash and Mosaic Potash mines, retiring in 2008. He loved to go fishing and hunting, especially when he had his family and friends with him, and spending time at the casino. He loved all his family and friends and enjoyed spending time with all of them.

Survivors include his wife, Norma, of the home; sons Raul and wife Cecilia, Javier and wife Veronica, and Marcos and wife Sonia, all of Artesia; brother Sammy Martinez of Artesia; sisters Lilia Martinez and Grace Armendariz, both of Artesia; grandchildren Diana Ramirez, Carlos Martinez, Kristy Martinez, Kirsten Martinez, Rodrigo Martinez, Amadeo Martinez, Irina Martinez and Elena Martinez; great-grandchildren Matthew Carlile and Braelynn Delgado; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brother Pedro Martinez; and sisters Elvira Sanchez and Manuela Gonzales.

Arrangements are under the direction of West Funeral Home of Carlsbad. Condolences may be expressed online at westfuneralhomellc.com.