Rafael Martinez, 57, of Toppenish, passed away on Wednesday, December 7, 2011 at Toppenish Community Hospital.

Rafael was born Sept. 20, 1954 in Zacatecas, Mexico, the son of Luis Martinez Lopez and Elisa Perea Trejo.

He is survived by his parents, Luis and Elisa Martinez of Mexico; two children, Mellissa Martinez Perez and Jeremy Martinez, both of California; nine brothers and sisters, Rogelio Martinez, Jose Martinez, Antonio Martinez, Guillermina Stevens, all of San Diego, Calif., Luis Martinez of Milwaukee, Wis., Lupe Hernandez of Mexico, Javier Martinez of Texas, Lorena Diaz and Patricia Ornelas, all of Santa Fe, New Mexico; three grandchildren; and numerous aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by one brother, Jesus Martinez; and grandmother, Margarita Trejo.

Viewing and visitation will be held today, Dec. 8, 2011, from 1 to 8 p.m., with recitation of the Holy Rosary to be recited at 6 p.m. at Smith Funeral Home in Grandview. Mass of Christian Burial will be held Friday, Dec. 9, 2011, at 11 a.m. at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church in Grandview, with burial to follow at Grandview Cemetery.

Smith Funeral Homes LTD and Crematory in Grandview is in charge of arrangements.


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