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].