After a brief battle with cancer, Mucio “Mike” José Martinez went to be with his Lord and Savior on April 5, 2016, surrounded by his family at home. Survived by his Loving wife of 53 years, Donna L. Baer Martinez; his daughters, Mary Freeman, Melissa Reyes Soto and April Martinez and his grandchildren, Austin Esquillin, Zebadiah Freeman, Gabriel Vazquez III and Liam Martinez Vazquez
Mike was born on May 14, 1944 in Harrisburg, PA, to the late Manuel and Manuella Ortega Martinez. He grew up in a large, loving family with three sisters; Rosa Myers, Anjielita Weller and Margarita White and seven brothers; Samuel Martinez Sr., Russell Lentz(deceased), Moses Martinez (deceased), Manuel Martinez Jr., David Martinez Sr., José Martinez and John Martinez
Mike grew up in Lancaster, PA but moved with his family to Bressler, PA then settled in Oberlin, PA for over 40 years where he is known as the “Unofficial Mayor of Oberlin”
Mike was a hardworking man who worked for 7Up for 21 years then retired from TJ Lipton/ Unilever after another 21 years. He, however, never slowed down but continued to work mowing lawns around the neighborhood, bowling at the ABC East Lanes for over 40 years. Camping, fishing and horse shoes were also among his favorite pastimes. He especially enjoyed volunteering and doing things for others and his church where he was a member for 30 years
When diagnosed with cancer, only a month ago, he remained steadfast in his faith, saying, “It’s all in God’s hands.” He remained at peace with whatever the outcome would be knowing he would be with his Lord and Savior. He was a brave, iron-willed man, even throughout his final days
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, April 16th at 12pm at the Harrisburg Bible Chapel 5503 Union Deposit Rd., Harrisburg, PA. 17111. Guests will be received an hour before the service
The family would especially like to thank everyone for your prayers, support and love for him during his final days. In lieu of flowers, contributions to the family can be made via the Harrisburg Bible Chapel.
The Sullivan Funeral Home is honored to serve the Martinez family.