LUIS E. ALVAREZ SR.
Luis E. Alvarez Sr., 73, of Sunnyside entered into eternal
peace Wednesday, June 16, 2004. He was at home surrounded by his family and
supported by hospice services.
He was known to his family and friends as Louie. Luis was
born Nov. 18, 1930 in Brownsville, Texas. He was primarily raised by his aunt
Paula and uncle Luis Loza. It was his uncle Luis who taught him his carpentry
skills. Three months before his school graduation, he was drafted into the
Korean War. He proudly served overseas with the U.S. Army. He was honorably
discharged in 1952. He returned to Brownsville and started working in his
aunt’s tortilleria store and at the same time attended and graduated from
Southmost Business College.
On Jan. 15, 1962 he married Consuelo Capetillo and for the
next 42 years they made their home in Sunnyside.
Luis was a hard worker and great provider for his family.
He worked in the fields and at Johnson’s Warehouse for many years. In 1972 he
stated a professional career with Washington State Employment Security. He
thoroughly enjoyed working with the local community and made many friends. He
had no enemies. Due to medical reasons he retired early in 1992.
Luis was a very generous and caring man. He always had a
beautiful smile and a great sense of humor. His greatest accomplishment was
building the Alvarez homestead from the ground up. He had many artistic
talents, including oil painting. He loved to paint mountain landscapes. He
gifted most of all his paintings to close friends and family. He was also known
for making cartoon-character piñatas. He also had a natural talent for cutting
patterns and sewing. He had made many garments for his immediate and extended
Luis enjoyed gardening and made beautiful flower beds. He
loved to cook and enjoyed treating his family and friends to his special
dishes. He also enjoyed black and white movie classics, a variety of music
(Vicente Fernandez and Patsy Cline were two of his favorites), and dancing,
socializing and good old-fashion barbeques.
Luis was blessed with many talents and lived a rich and
diversified life. He will be truly missed by all.
He was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church of Sunnyside
and the Mutualista organization.
He is survived by his wife of 42 years, Consuelo Alvarez of
Sunnyside; his children, Diego Alvarez and Heather of Grandview, Yolanda
Quintero and Anastacio of Sunnyside, Rolando Alvarez and Rosalinda of
Sunnyside, Luis E. Alvarez Jr. and Irlanda of Grandview and Armando Alvarez and
fiancée Debbie Gonzalez, of Seattle; and six grandchildren, Amy, Anthony,
Alexus, Amber, Logan and Antonio. He is also survived by siblings Andres
Gonzalez of Mabton, Celedonia Robles, Paula Guerra and Petra Cardenas, all of
Granger, Gerarda Gatica of Outlook and Rosa Gomez of Plymouth; and numerous
nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Celedonio and Rita
Alvarez; aunt Paula and uncle Luis Loza; three sisters, Demetria Alvarez, Siria
Lemon and Maria Magdalena Alvarez; and three brothers, Ramon Alvarez,
Candelario Alvarez and Manuel Alvarez.
Funeral services will be held with a Rosary to be recited
Friday, June 18, 2004, at 6 p.m. at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church,
Granger. A Mass will be celebrated Saturday, June 19, 2004, at 4 p.m. at Our
Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church, Granger. Burial will be held at Sunset
Veterans Section at Lower Valley Memorial Gardens, Sunnyside, under the
direction of Smith Funeral Home, Sunnyside.
Sam Martinez, 66, of Sunnyside
and a former Seattle resident passed away Monday, June 14, 2004, in Acama,New
Sam was born Oct. 28, 1937 in
Progreso, Texas, the son of Aurora (Torres) and Manuel Martinez. He with his
family came to Sunnyside in 1951, where Sam received his education and
graduated with the class of 1956. Sam served in the National Guard in the state
of Washington. He then attended Columbia Basin Community College in the
Tri-Cities, where he was influenced by his teacher, Mrs. Lowry, to become a
writer. Sam worked for a children’s program in the Tri-Cities for a short-time.
He met and married Frances
Estrada in Quincy. He and Frances adopted six children from the Catholic Church
and had three of their own. In 1965 Mr. Martinez got involved with the Johnson
Administration’s War on poverty. Sam was the first Chicano to be appointed
director of a major community action program in the state. Sam became more
politically active in the 1960’s. He with others formed the statewide
Mexican-American Federation based in Yakima, which Sam later became president
of. Sam was involved in the early organizing of farm workers and participated
in forming Washington Committee on Migrant Affairs, which later became
Northwest Rural Opportunities/Washington State Migrant Council. His work with
NRO got him involved in the statewide Chicano Education Association and for
several years directed the Chicano Education Opportunities office at the
University of Washington in Seattle. Sam returned to Sunnyside and worked many
years with the Washington State Migrant Council. He also served many years in
El Centro de la Raza in Seattle and on the board of the social work at the U of
W. While in Sunnyside, he was appointed and served on the Sunnyside School
District Board. He fought for civil rights with friends like Larry Gosset, Tyre
Scott and Roberto Maestas during the civil rights movement in King County. He
was the first Mexican-American in the state of Washington to own and operate a
travel business, Excelsior Travel in Seattle, for 15 years.
Sam recently returned to
Sunnyside to work with Ricardo Garcia at KDNA and to continue his first love of
Sam is survived by his wife,
Rosamaria Rosales-Martinez of Seattle; 13 children, Esteban Moreno of
Carnation, Karen Wentz of Minneapolis, Minn., Jesus DeLaRosa of Baltimore, Md,,
Patrick Mack of Sunnyside, Teresa Delgado of Seattle, Gina Moreno/Esquierda of
Grandview, Charlene Thompson of Four Corner, Ariz., Debbie Moreno of Seattle,
Alma Martinez of Seattle, Rebecca Hernandez of Auburn, Regino Martinez of
Kirkland, Rene Guzman of Seattle and Janet Guzman of Seattle; three brothers,
Andres Martinez of Quincy, Enrique Martinez of Spokane and Jose Martinez of
Seattle; and three sisters, Aurora Garcia of Sunnyside, Maria Sanchez of
Seattle and Virginia Martinez of Sunnyside.
He was preceded in death by his
parents; his first wife, Frances Martinez; three brothers, Ray Martinez,
Refugio Martinez and Regino Martinez; and two sisters, Manuela Martinez and
Viewing and visitation will be held Friday, June 18, 2004,
from 1 to 8 p.m. with family visitation to be from 5 to 6 p.m. followed by
Recitation of the Holy Rosary at 6 p.m. at Smith Funeral Home Chapel,
Sunnyside. Mass of Christian Burial will be held Saturday, June 19, 2004, at 8
a.m. at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Sunnyside. Burial with military honors will
follow at Lower Valley Memorial Gardens, Sunnyside, under the direction of
Smith Funeral Home, Sunnyside.