Danny “Gordo” A. Martinez died peacefully in Rio Rancho, New Mexico on 08/22/2021 at the age of 74.
Danny is survived by his wife Louise Martinez, his brother Richard Martinez, his sister Mary Grace Jimenez, his son Daniel Martinez, his daughter Victoria Martinez, his daughter Patricia Medina, his sisters in law Amy, Evie, Dorthy, Lena, Edna, his brothers in law Harold, Edward, Abdi, Gilbert, Manuel, numerous nieces and nephews, grandchildren Daniel, Emilia, Madison, Steven, Christian and William. Danny was preceded in death by his parents Maria Gavina Villareal and Jose Andres Martinez, his father and mother in law William and Adelina Jimenez, his daughter Cynthia Valerie Martinez, his brother in law William Jimenez, his uncle Paul Romero, and his cousin/brother Felix Manuel Lujan.
Danny was born 04/09/1947 in Santa Fe, New Mexico to Maria Gavina Villareal and Jose Andres Martinez. He attended Los Alamos High School where he excelled at sports and continued on to attend the University of New Mexico and the College of Santa Fe where he graduated with a master’s degree in Education. Danny also served in the U.S. Navy. Danny married Louise Jimenez at St. John’s Church in Santa Fe, New Mexico on 01/31/1969, with whom he continued to live happily for 52 years. Later, Danny became an educator of Santa Fe Public Schools. Danny was also a football coach at St. Michaels High in Santa Fe, Capital High School, and Santa Fe High.
Danny’s hobbies included fishing, hunting, sports, and spending time with his family, most of all his wife, Louise. Danny was a part of many organizations: the DAV, the PVA, the American Legion and the NRA. In the past Danny has made charitable donations to the PVA, St. Jude, the DAV and the American Legion.