Martin C. Saldaña Jr., 63, of Grandview went to be in the arms of his heavenly Father, Tuesday, July 10, 2007, from his home surrounded by his loving family.

Martin was born June 23, 1944, in Donna, Texas, the son of Martin and Rosa (Cavasos) Saldaña Sr. Martin received his education in East Donna, Texas, and later married Josefina Castillo in Willington, Texas.

Martin owned and operated a long haul trucking business for many years.

He enjoyed fishing, a good movie, traveling the country, cooking at family barbeques and eating popsicles and milkshakes. He cherished time spent with his family, especially his grandchildren. He taught his sons, Maurisio and Martin, how to drive his trucks and daydream of polishing his next new truck.

Martin was a member of the Grandview Nazarene Church.

He is survived by his loving wife of 45 years, Josefina Saldaña of Grandview; his parents, Martin Saldaña Sr. of Grandview and Rosa Cavasos, also of Grandview; two gracious sons, Maurisio Saldaña and wife, Cynthia, and Martin Saldana III and wife, Laura, all of Grandview; three loving daughters, Mariselda Morales and husband, Ruben, Malinda Mora and husband, Joe, all of Grandview and Margie Olivas and husband, Manuel, of Selah; 14 grandchildren, Ruben Jr., Andrew, Adam, Maurisio Jr., Matthew, Maximino, Marlena, Joseph, Phillip, Manuel III, Josclyn, Martin IV, Brittney and Isaac; four great-grandchildren, Destiny, Ava, Shuanti and Isaac; one special dog, Buddy; 10 brothers, Mario, Mickey, Maximino, Marcos, Marsiano, Menjamin, Modesto, Majin, Margarito and Moses; and three sisters, Emma, Minerva and Martha.

He was preceded in death by his brother, Manuel; and three sisters, Margarita, Mary and Magdalena.

Martin’s family would like to thank Dr. Brady and staff, Dr. Marx and staff and Lower Valley Hospice and staff for their loving care. Viewing and visitation will be held today, Thursday, July 12, 2007, from 3 to 8 p.m., at Smith Funeral Home in Grandview. Funeral services will be held Friday, July 13, 2007, at 1 p.m. at the Grandview Church of the Nazarene, with burial to follow at the Grandview Cemetery.

Those wishing to honor his memory may contribute to North Star Lodge in Yakima. Smith Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


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