Delfido A. Martinez (1933-2005)

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Craig resident Delfido A. Martinez died June 20, 2005, suddenly at his home. He was 72.

Delf was born Nov. 24, 1933, in Las Mesitas to Eliseo and Siria (Ruybal) Martinez.

Delf was raised in Craig, where he graduated from high school in 1952. After high school, he attended Colorado University for two years.

Delf served in the U.S. Army during the Korea Conflict. He lived a short time in Rangely, but spent most of his life in Craig.

Delf married Patricia Camilletti on Jan. 30, 1960, in Craig, and they had two sons, Delf Leon and Martin Allen.

Delf worked as a manager of the Phillips 66 gas station and for the Moffat County Road and Bridge Department. He was also part owner of the Stockman's Liquor and was a dispatcher for Yampa Valley Electric, where he worked until retirement a few years ago.

Delf married Martha Ugalde on Oct. 8, 1977, in Las Vegas, and they had a son, David Lee, and a daughter, Isis Monique.

Delf enjoyed flying model airplanes with his brother-in-law Bob Mitchell, shooting guns, cooking, camping and fishing.

Delf was an active volunteer in the community. He was a trainer for the Junior Olympics Shooters and also volunteered for the VFW Bingo. One of Delf's favorite pastimes was spending time with family.

Delf was a member of the Craig Elks Lodge, where he served as past exalted ruler. He was also a member of the Masonic Lodge, the Shriners, the Veteran's of Foreign Wars, Bears Ears Sportsman Club and he was an active member in St. Michael's Catholic Church.

Delf is survived by his wife, Martha Martinez; daughter Isis, and her husband, Martin Beckett; sons, Delf, Martin and David, all of Craig; grandchildren, Trevor Martinez and Kale Beckett; sister, Dorothy, and her husband, Harry Seip, of Fresno, Calif; brothers, Ben, of Baggs, Wyo., Alfred, Armando, and his wife, Gloria, all of Craig; and many cousins, nieces, and nephews.

Delf was preceded in death by his parents.

Memorial donations can be made to the VFW or St. Michael Altar and Rosary Society in care of Grant Mortuary at 621 Yampa Ave., Craig, CO 81625.

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