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Carlos D. Martinez

Obituary for Carlos D. Martinez

November 25, 1946 - August 4, 2020
San Antonio, Texas | Age 73


Carlos D. Martinez born in San Antonio, Texas November 25, 1946 Has gone to be with the Lord on August 4, 2020 Carlos is preceded in death by his father Sotero Martinez, his mother Margarita Martinez, sister Helen Baca and wife Rita M. Martinez. He is survived by his sister Carmen Berlanga, sister Alicia Martinez and brother Henry Martinez, his two daughters Angela D. Alderete and Cynthia J. Rosas , two son in laws Richard Alderete Jr. and Francisco Rosas Jr., his adored grandchildren, loved family members and many many friends. We'd like to give a very special thanks to all of the members of his organization who were so helpful to him, for so many years. Carlos Martinez grew up on the West side of San Antonio is a graduate of Sidney Lanier high school, A U.S. Air Force Veteran, serving four years during the Vietnam Era. He then went on to Our Lady of the Lake University in San Antonio and earned a Bachelor's Degree in Management, and a Masters Degree in Business Administration When Carlos passed we didn't just lose a father, grandpa, brother ,cousin or friend we lost an amazing human being a "hero" it was his life long passion to continue serving his fellow military veterans. He was a visionary and knew that after joining the GI Forum in 1972 he could help meet the needs and make life better for the veterans and their families. In 1974 when the Nat'l Veterans Outreach Program was founded Carlos served as the President and Chief Executive Officer. Under his leadership before he over the past 47 years the program gained National Recognition for their service and dedication to America's Veterans. Carlos served as a member on many different committees like the VA's Advisory Committee on Homeless Veterans, the U.S. Department of Labors' Veterans, the Women's Veterans Advisory Committee, just to name a few. He was an inaugural Member of the Bush Institute Military Service Initiative Advisory Council and was currently serving on the board of the National Coalition for Homeless Veterans. During his years of service Carlos has sat before five Presidents of the United States to discuss major veterans' issues. He was truly an advocate for America's veterans, this was his love from the "stand downs" for the homeless veterans to testifying before the Congressional Committees for the veterans. Many didn't know all these things about Carlos Martinez because he was also a very humble and modest man. He has definitely left his mark here and across the nation and he is a legendary. He loved his family very much and we love him, he will be truly missed. We know that you will be watching over us all. We salute you. Rest in peace you are so deserving.

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