Detective Clifton J. Martinez

  • Born: December 31, 1968
  • Died: December 21, 2019
  • Location: San Antonio, Texas

Porter Loring Mortuary

1101 McCullough Avenue
San Antonio, TX 78212
Tel. (210) 227-8221

Tribute & Message From The Family

Detective Clifton J. Martinez ended his watch on December 21, 2019 at the age of 50. Clifton was born to Albert J. Martinez and Bette J. Graves on December 31, 1968 in San Antonio, TX.
He was preceded in death by his mother and his sister, Cynthia Jean Martinez. Clifton is survived by his father; stepmother, Cathy J. Martinez; brother, Dennis J. Martinez (Maria Akalovsky-Martinez); nieces, Pauline Glushko, Elissa Martinez and Cassiopeia Martinez; step-brother, Christopher Brian Smith and his daughter Emily, step-brother Jonathan Lee Smith (Elizabeth) and their son, Hayden; and dear family friend, Ellen McCann. Clifton is also survived by aunts, uncles, cousins, family friends and his Brothers & Sisters in Blue.

Ever since Clifton was a young boy, he wanted to be a police officer. During his senior year at Highlands High School, Clifton trained as a Police Explorer. He went on to serve the Bexar County Sheriff's Office as a reserve officer, and shortly after that, he joined the San Antonio Independent School District Police Department. There, he spent 28 years rising up the ranks, becoming a Detective.
Clifton would have celebrated his 51st birthday December 31.

Clifton loved his family, his pets, the San Antonio Missions, the outdoors and fishing in both the fresh waters of Calaveras Lake, and the deep sea along the Texas Gulf Coast. He enjoyed travelling, and often surprised his brother Dennis with unexpected visits. Cliff also helped his father work on his collection of classic cars.

As a detective for the school district, Clifton's focus was technical investigation and specialized projects, but he also mentored the children he was charged with protecting. When children began to go astray, Clifton would steer them back on the right path. Many parents of children mentored by Clifton have reached out that he will be greatly missed.

He was a highly respected member of the SAISD Police Department.

Friends of Clifton described him as "a genuinely good person," "consistently kind," "everyone's friend" and "an incredible officer."
Detective Clifton Martinez will be buried next to his mother and sister at a cemetery on the Southeast Side.
The Cliff Martinez Memorial Scholarship has been established to support SAISD students in Police Explorer programs who are pursuing careers as a Police Officer. This scholarship serves as a tribute to the work and life of SAISD Detective Cliff Martinez. To contribute to this scholarship fund, go to the SAISD Foundation donate page and write Cliff Martinez Scholarship in the comments box. Contributions can also be mailed to the SAISD Foundation at 2411 San Pedro, San Antonio, TX 78212 (noting Cliff Martinez Scholarship on the memo line of the check.)

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Condolence & Memory Journal

Clifton, you will forever remain in our hearts and our memories. May you Rest In Peace. Love, your cousin Jennifer

Posted by Jennifer Sellers - San Antonio, TX - Family   January 07, 2020

I remember him as always having a smile on his face. He was a light in so many lives. My deepest condolences to his friends and family.

Posted by Lucy Gomez - San Antonio, TX - Coworker   January 07, 2020

My Sincere and most Heartfelt Condolences to Detective Cliff Martinez' family and friends during these times of grief. Thank you for you Service and may you Rest In Peace.

Posted by Robert Rodriguez - Eagle Pass, TX   January 07, 2020

Words, no matter how kind, can't mend your heartache. Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted. Matthew 5:4.

Posted by Sandra Uribe - Helotes, TX - Coworker   January 07, 2020

So sorry for your loss! He was on my beat! I am a School Crossing Guard Detail at 996 S. Hackberry @ Herff Academy! I have been on this area working since 1999!

Posted by Charles A. Campbell lll - Friend   January 06, 2020

My deepest sympathy to the entire family. Cliff was a kind man. He was always polite and respectful. I worked with him when I was a school Principal.

Posted by David C Jr Espiritu - San Antonio - Coworker   January 06, 2020

Rest in peace, may your family and all who had the pleasure of beginning you find comfort in joyous memories. Till we meet again my friend

Posted by Josie Gil - San Antonio, TX - Friend   January 06, 2020


He was the sweetest and kindest man I worked with. Thank you for your service to keep us save. God was in need of another Angel. We will truly miss your voice and smile. Rest in peace. My condolences to the family and may God give you all strength and peace during this painful time.
Rebecca Ramos & Family
San Antonio TX

Posted by Rebecca Ramos - San Antonio, TX - Coworker   January 06, 2020

A J & Cathy please accept my condolences. Clifton was an outstanding individual, who demonstrated his remarkable courage every day. He was always very respectful, helpful, caring and he will be missed deeply by anyone who ever met him.

Posted by Tom Strapkovic Strapkovic - San Antonio, TX - Friend   January 06, 2020

Thank you for 50 years of being a wonderful nephew. I will always remember your 50th birthday party last New Year's Eve and our trip to River Walk on New Year's Day. Rest in peace with Bette and Cynthia, sweet oldest nephew.

Posted by Lynda Kamrath - Grants Pass, Oregon, OR - Family   January 06, 2020


You were a light in so many lives. That light will shine on and on in our memories and in the lives you made better. May you find eternal peace in the arms of God. You will be missed. Your cousin, Richard

Posted by Richard White - San Antonio, TX - Family   January 05, 2020


We will miss you, I remember when we would play in grandma's backyard during the holidays and family get togethers. Thank you for your service. Rest in Peace cousin. Love your cousin Lebam and Ricky Moreno and the Moreno Family.

Posted by Lebam Moreno - San Antonio, TX - Family   January 04, 2020


Thank you for your ultimate sacrifice, may the Lord welcome you with open arms & may you rest in eternal peace. Heartfelt condolences to the entire family & the friends he leaves behind.

Posted by S M (Retired LEO) - San Antonio, TX   January 04, 2020

You were taken away from the ones who loved you way to soon. I'm sure you were an amazing person who put others first. God was in need of another man in blue to join his army of brothers and sisters in heaven. Rest in the arms of the Lord knowing that you will live forever in the hearts of your loved ones, friends and fellow police officers.

John Flowers SAPD retired police officer
Veronique Flowers SAPD retired police dispatcher and crime intelligence analyst

Posted by John and Flowers - New Braunfels, TX   January 03, 2020

Thank you for all you accomplished in are now with in peace Mr Martinez

Posted by Norma Villarreal - San Antonio, TX   January 03, 2020


You will always be loved, remembered and missed. May you rest in peace. Love, Aunt Barbara and Uncle Roy

Posted by Barbara and Roy White - San Antonio, TX   January 03, 2020

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