SANTOS MARTINEZ GUTIERREZ
On December 12, 2020, God called out to receive another angel in his Kingdom. Santos Martinez Gutierrez passed away to an eternal rest at approximately 3:00 in the afternoon.
He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Lupita Martinez, along with their five children, Maria Teresa (Joseph) Hein, Lupita (Bruce) Hallam, Elma (Homero Jr) Jimenez, Maria de Jesus (Armando Jr.) Villalon, and Santos (Mercy) Martinez Jr. and 13 grandchildren.
In the kingdom of Heaven, he will be reunited with his parents, Crisanta Gutierrez Martinez and Bartolome Martinez, and 8 of his siblings. His lone surviving brother is Luis Martinez.
Santos will always be remembered as a son of God who devoted his life to his Catholic faith. Despite living with a faint heart for over four years, the Mother of God decided Her day of The Feast of our Lady of Guadalupe would be the most significant choice for Santos’ passing. She reserved her special day for him as a parting gift from his time on Earth and carried him in her arms to everlasting life. For over 50 years, he was involved in the Catholic Church, first at St. Vincent de Paul and then at Christ the King, where his voice resonated through the house of God as a choir member.
We would like to extend our appreciation to his doctors: Dr. Oscar Gutierrez, Dr. Carlos Cigarroa from Laredo, and Dr. William Wu of San Antonio who extended his life by taking care of his most precious heart of gold. He will continue to remain a role model to those whose paths he crossed. Those who knew him will always remember him as a ranchero who made the best carne asada and cabrito in the city and did what he could to share his happiness with others. Santos’ strong, patient, and charismatic persona made him loved by all.
He will continue to be remembered by his family and friends as a benevolent, altruistic individual who would give more than what he had. As a father, husband, grandfather, son, brother, uncle, cousin, friend, coworker, or stranger sitting beside you during Sunday mass, Santos was always genuine and kind-hearted. Having him on this Earth for 93 years was not enough; we will continue to pray for the day we will be reunited with him once again to create many more memories filled with joy, hope, and love.
Due to COVID-19, capacity in the funeral home is limited to 50 persons inside the building. All persons attending the funeral services must wear a mask, as well as respect and maintain no physical contact with those present.
For those that wish to participate virtually, the Vigil and Rosary and funeral Mass will be live streamed.
The family will be receiving condolences on Wednesday, December 16, 2020 from 4 until 9 p.m. at Joe Jackson Heights Funeral & Cremation Services, 719 Loring at Cortez with a Vigil for the Deceased and Rosary being offered at 7 p.m. (Virtual link: https://www.facebook.com/JJFCHeights.INC )
Funeral procession will depart at 9:40 a.m. on Thursday, December 17, 2020 to Christ the King Catholic Church for a Mass of Christian Burial to be celebrated at 10 a.m. with Father Joe Cadena as the celebrant. (Virtual link: https://www.facebook.com/CKLaredo )
Rite of Committal and Interment will follow at the family plot in the Pavilion Garden at the Calvary Catholic Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be: Santos Martinez Jr., Juan Garza, Juan Gerardo Martinez, Pablo Agustin Vallejo, Eduardo Garcia, and Johann Salazar.
You may extend your condolences to the family on his virtual guestbook found at www.joejacksonfuneralchapels.com
Arrangements are under the care and direction of the funeral service professionals at Joe Jackson Heights Funeral & Cremation Services, 719 Loring at Cortez, Laredo, TX 78040, 956.722.0001