Kenneth “Ken” Ray Martinez
Ken Martinez, 70, passed away on Wednesday October 14, 2015 in La Jolla, CA at Thornton Hospital surrounded by family.
He graduated from Point Loma High School with the class of 1963 where he lettered in Football and Baseball. As a standout athlete, he went on to play both sports at San Diego City College. In 1966 he married Patti, the love of his life, bought a small Spanish style house in Point Loma and began working at Kettenberg Marine. Finding his true calling as a salesman in the Furniture and Industrial Coating Industry with Frazee Paints, he brought his family to Lake Forest to pursue his career. He worked with several companies throughout his lifetime perfecting the ever changing coating technology and bringing it into Los Angeles and Orange County and eventually to Riverside and across the border into Mexico. Ken was always a leader in his territory, working hands on to train staff in spray technique and salesmanship until the day he retired. When the workday was done he could be found on the baseball field playing, coaching, watching or maybe just tossing a little BP. He loved his family, ocean fishing, his yard and his plumerias and the USC Trojans.
Ken is survived by his wife, Patti of 49 years; their daughter Ann Marie (Jeff) Wine and son Dr. Kenneth Martinez; two grandchildren, Tim Harvey and Kaiden Martinez; sister Alfreda “Fredi” Martinez; and many loving nieces, nephews and extended family. Ken was a loving husband, father, grandfather, and friend.
Services will be held October 24, 2015, St. Nicholas Catholic Church, 24252 El Toro Road, Laguna Woods, CA 92637 beginning at 9:00am. Celebration of Life reception to follow at 11:00am, Lake Forest Beach & Tennis Club 22921 Ridge Route Dr., Lake Forest, CA 92630.
In loving memory and in lieu of flowers donation can be made to “Parkinson’s in Balance” 5 Journey Ste 210, Aliso Viejo, CA 92656.