Jose “Joe” Andrew Martinez better known as Chito peacefully passed away December 19, 2022 at his residence surrounded by family. Joe was born November 12, 1950 in El Campo to the late Pablo and Manuela Vasquez Martinez.
Joe’s passion was being a mechanic. The joy of his life was wood crafting at home with his loving wife.
He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Gloria Martinez of El Campo; sons, Joe Martinez, Jr. (Adriana) of El Campo, John Martinez, Sr. (Cathy) of El Campo; Tony Martinez; daughter, Melissa Price (Felton) of Wharton; 17 grandchildren; 36 great grandchildren and his beloved fur baby, Chata. He was preceded in death by his parents; son and daughter-in-law Larry and Hortensia Martinez, Sr.; great grandchildren, Penelope and Thomas Parma; brother Pablo Martinez, Jr.
Visitation will be from 4 until 6 pm Wednesday, December 21, 2022 at Wheeler Funeral Home. Funeral service will be 10:00 am Thursday, December 22,2022 at Wheeler Funeral Home with Pastor Larry Martinez and Jamey Escamilla officiating. Burial will follow at Holy Cross Memorial Park.
Serving as pallbearers will be John Martinez, Jr., Nicholas Martinez, Joshua Martinez, Bill Bustamante, Jr., Rene Alaniz and Jamey Escamilla with his grandchildren being Honorary Pallbearers.