Jose E. Martinez Jr.

November 28, 1921 - February 18, 2019
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Jose E. “Chon” Martinez, better known as “Papo”, 97, of Galveston, passed away Monday, February 18, 2019 at his home surrounded by his family. Jose was born November 28, 1921 in Cerritos, S.L.P. Mexico to Jose E. Martinez Sr. and Petra Martinez. He was a longtime resident of Galveston.

Jose worked for Todd Shipyard for 43 years as a paint foreman. His favorite pastime after retiring was working in his garage building wooden swings and picking up his grandkids from school.  He was known as a wood craftsman by his family.  Jose was a member of LULAC and the SBJ Club, where he served as president for many years.  He was a lifelong Houston Astros fan whose dream was to live long enough to see them win the World Series.  His dream came true in 2017.

Jose is preceded in death by his wife of 53 years, Margaret Garza Martinez; and his parents, Jose and Petra Martinez.

Jose is survived by his daughters, Sylvia Bishop (Elroy), Lidia Vogelsang (John), Alicia King (Lee); son; Joe R. Martinez, niece; Yolanda Garza (Johnny), grandchildren: Allen Bishop, Kenneth Bishop, Randy Bishop, Joseph Bishop, Courtney Vogelsang, Nickolas Vogelsang, Brittany Martinez, Stephanie Martinez, Zachary King, Jackson King, Matthew King; 10 great grandchildren, 3 great great grandchildren; and special nieces and nephews.

The family will receive visitors after 5:00 PM, Thursday, February 21, 2019, at Malloy & Son Funeral Home. A Rosary will be recited at 7:00 PM.

Funeral Mass will be 10:00 AM, Friday, February 22, 2019, at St. Patrick Catholic Church. Burial will follow the service at Calvary Catholic Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Allen, Kenneth, Randy and Joseph Bishop, Nickolas Vogelsang, Zachary, Jackson and Matthew King. Honorary pallbearers will be Mark Bishop and Jade Bishop.

The family wishes to thank Mary and A.J. Pacini for all the support they gave Jose and his family.

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Service Schedule

Visitation Information

Date: Thursday, February 21, 2019

Time: 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Malloy & Son Funeral Home


3028 Broadway
Galveston, TX 77550

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Rosary at 7:00 PM.

Service Information

Date: Friday, February 22, 2019

Time: 10:00 am

St. Patrick Catholic Church


1010 35th St. & Broadway
Galveston, TX 77550

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Cemetery Information

Date: Friday, February 22, 2019

Time: 11:15 am

Calvary Catholic Cemetery


2506 65th Street, Galveston, TX, 77551

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Born: November 28, 1921
February 20, 2019
Until we meet again
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April 9, 2018
Missing you!
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May 11, 2016
5 generations!
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May 11, 2016
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Died: February 18, 2019

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Cynthia Soto Castillo posted on 2/21/19

My deepest heartfelt condolences to my cousins Sylvia, Lydia, Joey and Lisa. May God give each of you peace and strength during this difficult time. I was saddened to hear about the passing of my Uncle Joe. I am blessed to have had him in my life.  I can say I will miss my Uncle Joe dearly, as I always made it a point to stop and visit him before I headed back home to Austin; and really enjoyed our talks of the shared memories, of his brother Felo (my dad) and the families.  It was a definite treasure to have shared with him. A good heart has stopped breathing, and a good soul has ascended into heaven. RIP Tio


Sylvia Martin (Turrubiate) posted on 2/21/19

Wishing you peace to bring you comfort, courage to face the days ahead and loving memories to forever hold in your heart.”


Susan Coe posted on 2/21/19

Alicia we are so sorry for your loss..We pray for peace and strength at this difficult time..Love you..❤


Jeanne Patton posted on 2/20/19

I am very sorry for your loss of this very special father, man and friend. Take with you the memory that a part of him will always live in your hearts.


Dolores Huerta Landis posted on 2/20/19

To my dear friend since elementary school, Alicia Martinez & family- So sorry for your lost. May God guide you through this most difficult time. Cherish the memories you made with your Dad, (grandpa) as those memories will get you through the grieving process. Now he's up in Heaven watching over you...