Frank Maceo Martini, 47, of Houston, passed away after a brief illness on Monday, May 13, 2013, surrounded by family and friends. Frank was born on Thanksgiving Day, November 25, 1965, in Galveston, Texas. He graduated with honors from O’Connell Catholic High School in 1984, where he served as Student Council President and was the recipient of many awards, and earned his Bachelor’s degree from Cornell University in 1988. He went on to found his own business, Cadence Development, a highly successful software development company which he ran for over 20 years.
Frank had a passion for learning and devoted much of his time to helping underprivileged students set and reach their educational goals. Most recently, he sent a student to the University of Texas at Austin for four years; that student will graduate with honors from UT this weekend.
A devout Catholic, Frank was dedicated to helping those in need and was generous in every way. He was a thoughtful and loving son, grandson, brother and friend. He loved animals and cherished his past and present canine companions, Canela, Lucky, Caspa, Bolillo, Pecas, Panzon, Pilon, Pinto and Missy.
Frank was preceded in death by his grandparents, John B. Arena, G. Sonny Martini and Catherine Martini.
He is survived by his loving parents, E. Sonny and Mary Arena Martini; beloved grandmother, Concetta Maceo Arena; brother, Ashton Martini; sister, Tara Martini Newkirk, and husband, Craig; nephews, Reece and Rhett Newkirk; and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.
The family will receive visitors after 6:30 pm, Thursday, May 16, at St. Frances Cabrini Catholic Church, 10727 Hartsook, in Houston. A rosary will begin at 7:30 pm.
The funeral Mass will begin at 10:00 am, Friday, May 17, at St. Frances Cabrini Catholic Church, with Frank’s cousin, Father Frank Fabj, OFM, as Celebrant. Burial will follow the service at Galveston Memorial Park in Hitchcock.
Pallbearers will be his cousins, Joe Arena, Brent Arena and David Michael Hays; and friends, Marco Jimenez, Joel Martinez and Ricardo Arredondo.
Honorary pallbearers will be Ryan Vasquez and Sean Stevens.
Memorials may be made to The Mother Seton Education Foundation, 10727 Hartsook St., Houston, TX 77034.