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 family.

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 Mexico.

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 writing.

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 Guadalupe Arriaga.

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.


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