PRICE-Joe Adolph Martinez, Jr., age 65, passed away peacefully Saturday, May 3, 2014, while surrounded by his family.
"Little Joe" was born Aug. 7, 1948 in Price to Joe A. Martinez and Seniada Marie Valdez.
On Nov. 4, 1972, he married Kathleen "Kathy" Palmer in Price, Utah and they were blessed with four girls, Poor Guy! Joe and Kathy later divorced, and now she's stuck with the girls.
"Little Joe" spent most of his life enjoying the outdoors and caring for his family. He loved horses, hunting, fishing, camping and tending to his sheep and cows. He loved his collection of Allis Chalmers Tractors and Big Chevy Trucks. He eventually resorted to FORD's, "because he said they were cheaper." Joe was a comedian who loved to make everyone laugh. He also enjoyed watching WWE Wrestling.
Joe was an accomplished welder and mechanic who always kept his equipment painted and looking nice.
He was a member of the United Mine Workers of America who began working at Horse Canyon at the age of 18. During this time he attended the College of Eastern Utah. Joe spent the remainder of his years working at Hiawatha. In 1997, he retired from Hiawatha Local # 6363 with over thirty years of dedicated service.
"Little Joe" is survived by his best friend and faithful companion, RIP; his girls, Bobbi Jo (Jared) Gunter, Kathy Jo Martinez and Justin Christensen, Kelli Jo (Levi) Juggert, all of Price, Shelli Jo Martinez Ness, Duchesne; beloved nephew, Shawn Martinez, Price; Kathy Palmer, and good friend, Tracy Weber, both of Price; ex-sons-in-law, Garry Tavenner, Price, Curtis Ness, Green River, Wyo.; brothers, Pat (Carol Sue) Martinez, Amadeo (Nedra) Martinez, both of Price; sisters, Effie Roberts, Kearns, Cecilia Martinez, Rock Springs, Wyo.; mother-in-law, Sally A. Timothy, Wellington; 11 grandchildren, Danny Ness, Colton and Valery O'Neil, Audrey Dimick, Randall (Erika) Dimick, Shalako Gunter, Kayden, Kyler, Dallas, Ashley and Bailey Juggert; his first great-grandchild due in December; and many wonderful nieces and nephews whom he loved dearly.
He was preceded in death by his parents, three infant siblings, brothers, Fernando (Joe) Martinez, Juan (Phil) Martinez; brothers-in-law, Eugene Martinez and Lorren Roberts; nephew, Jimmy Martinez; and son-in-law, Jade O'Neil.
Funeral service, Thursday, May 8, 2014, 10 a.m., Mitchell Funeral Home (233 East Main Street) in Price. Family will be at Mitchell's Wednesday evening from 7-8 p.m. and Thursday one hour prior to service. Interment, Cliffview Cemetery, Price. Arrangements entrusted to Mitchell Funeral Home of Price where friends are always welcome daily and may share memories of "Little Joe" at www.mitchellfuneralhome.net