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
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