John Joseph Martinez, 64, of Live Oak passed away on Nov. 30, 2016 after a courageous battle with pancreatic cancer. John was born in Woodland to Juanita and Joe Martinez of Winters. He grew up in Winters before eventually settling in Live Oak.
John worked in the sheet metal trades, working for Taylor Heating and Air before going to UC Davis, where he worked more than 25 years in the Facilities Department as a senior sheet metal mechanic. He retired from the university in 2012.
John had a passion for coaching children. It began when his sons, Justin and Joseph, were small, coaching his boys in baseball and football. He continued his passion for coaching with his nephews, Brandon and Michael in Winters and eventually his grandchildren. John was able to coach his grandsons for the Sutter Jr. Huskies before becoming ill. He was affectionately called “Papa John” by the boys he coached as well as the coaches.
John is survived by his wife, Christine Martinez; son Joseph Martinez and wife Carrie of Live Oak; son Justin Martinez of Woodland; brother Ruben Martinez and sisters Cynthia Stillwell and Laura Paschoal, all of Winters; in-laws Terry and Barbara Holtschulte, and eight grandchildren, Joseph, Reagan, Colton, Mason, Lexie, Andrew, Alex and Olivia. He was preceded in death by his parents Joe and Juanita Martinez.
A Celebration of Life will be held Friday, Dec. 16, at 11 a.m. at the California Ag Museum (formerly known as the Heidrick Center) located at 1962 Hays Lane in Woodland.
The family would like to give a special “thank you” to the Sutter Cancer Centers, Sutter North Hospice and Dr. Nitin Rohatgi for the compassionate care they gave John. In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent to the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network , Sutter North Hospice or a charity of your choice.