Martinez, Vincent Paul – June 1, 1934 – August 6, 2022.
Vincent Paul Martinez was born on June 1st, 1934, in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, to Cruz and Pascuala (Priscilla) Martinez, the fifth child after Maria Pryor, Gabriel Martinez, Rita Guajardo, and Cruz Martinez, and before John Martinez and Monica Sandoval. Despite having contracted polio at the age of two, Vincent was an avid athlete, taking his high school baseball team to state as a pitcher.
He was married to Carmen Delia (Sanchez) Martinez for 24 years before her death and then to Paula (Quintero) Martinez for 32 years before her death earlier this year.
Vincent was an educator in Oklahoma City and the Panama Canal Zone, beloved geography and history teacher, and championship football, baseball and softball coach. The only thing that surpassed his passion for sports was his family.
Vincent is survived by his children Regina (Edmund) Bringas, Felicia (Todd) Mendenhall, Tamara (Greg) Gramlich, Cristina (Kevin) Byvik, Dioscorides (Ivana) Ballesteros, Raul Martinez, Luz Ballesteros, and Natalie (Kenny) Rush . . .
His grandchildren Sarah (Trevor) Bringas, Galen (Daneen) Bringas, Jason Gramlich, Samantha Mendenhall, Simon Mendenhall, Owen Byvik, Carmen Rush, Maria Rush and Danna Ballesteros . . .
And his great grandchildren Dartagnan Bringas, Valyrian Bringas, and Tristan Miller. Vincent was a baseball pitcher in high school and always said baseball was his religion so if you would like to donate to a charity in his name, please visit Pitch In For Baseball & Softball [https://interland3.donorperfect.net/weblink/weblink.aspx?name=E353171&id=6&cfifid=66].
Beautiful tribute! RIP Vince
My sincere condolences to the family. Mr. Martinez was a kind man and will be missed. May he forever rest in peace. 🙏🏻🤍
So sorry to hear. My friend and coworker. May he Rest In Peace. My condolences to family.
What a wonderful man. You could listen to his stories for hours. He loved all sports and could talk about many.
I remember spending the night at He and Carmen’s house when Gina and Felicia were very young. They always made me feel so welcome. I went to many sporting events with him as a child. He could be the life of any party. He always spoke of my mom with such pride and love. Family was everything to him. He loved and respected his parents and was a great parent himself. I love him dearly and will miss him so.