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Reynaldo "Ray" Martinez

February 16, 1959 February 16, 2021
Reynaldo "Ray" Martinez
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REYNALDO “RAY” GUZMAN MARTINEZ of Tyler, Minnesota, fisherman, expert gardener, father, uncle, grandpa, friend, and stoic man of few words with a sense of humor, died on his 62nd birthday, peacefully at home on his daughter’s farm surrounded by people who loved him dearly on February 16, 2021, after a short fight with pancreatic cancer.

Ray was born February 16,1959, to Thomas and Santos (Guzman) Martinez in Hondo, Texas. He grew up in Coal Mine, Texas, a small settlement outside of Lytle, Texas where his family still resides. He was baptized at Saint Andrews Catholic Church in Lytle. When his father passed away when Ray was only 14; he went to work to help take care of his mother, and he kept that hard working, family-oriented attitude for the rest of his life. It wasn’t unusual for him to hold multiple jobs at one time, but his favorites were working for Lytle Feed and Seed for many years, and he also worked with his brothers-in-law laying steel for buildings and bridges throughout the Midwest and in Texas. Over the years he worked at CHS in Ruthton, Minnesota during the harvest season and enjoyed meeting all of the other hard working people who came through.

Ray married Debra (Santana) Martinez of San Antonio, Texas on December 28, 1981, and they had two daughters, Christie and Sirrina. The family lived in Coal Mine until 1989, when they moved to Tyler, Minnesota. Ray fell in love with the “Land of 10,000 Lakes” and decided the fishing was worth the harsh Minnesota winters. Eventually, he left steel laying behind and went to work for the processing plant formerly known as Heartland Foods in Marshall. Ray worked there for many years and made many good friends along the way.

Ray was fortunate enough to spend the last years of his life wintering in Texas with his family, returning home in the Spring when it was time to start his garden. Neighbors would know when he was gone, because his yard would be a little less kept by his daughters who would ask the neighbors not to tell their dad that it wasn’t mowed or weeded as often. Ray took pride in a well-maintained yard and home, and in the fruits of his labor in the garden. In addition to his passion for growing his own vegetables and selling them in downtown Tyler, Ray loved fishing, and could be found at any lake in Southwest Minnesota. He also enjoyed going to one of the three area casinos that his truck would drive to on autopilot. Above all, Ray loved spending time with his daughters, son-in-law, and his four grandsons who were the joy of his life. He enjoyed helping his daughter and son-in-law around the farm, and helping his other daughter care for her yard and home in Lake Benton. It wasn’t unusual for his daughters to have to wait for him to be satisfied with picking weeds in their yard before finally coming inside to visit or share a meal. Ray was loved and respected by many, and will forever be remembered as a hardworking, honest, and kind man.

Ray is lovingly remembered by his daughter and son-in-law, Christie and Matt Wieme of Balaton, Minnesota; his grandsons, Miles, Ethan, Isaac and Liam Wieme of Balaton, Minnesota; his daughter, Sirrina Martinez of Lake Benton, Minnesota; his step-son, Lawrence Segovia of San Antonio; his good friend Andres Cavazos, of Luverne, Minnesota; his niece and nephew, Lucinda Peterson and John Santana of Luverne; numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins in the Lytle region; and his brothers- and sisters-in-law in Nebraska and Texas. He was preceded in death by his parents, Thomas and Santos Martinez; his brothers, Octavio, Valdemar, and Thomas Martinez; sister, Dora Gloria Martinez; his wife, Debra Martinez Santana; and sister-in-law, Dena Santana.

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12:00 PM 2/22/2021 12:00:00 PM - 1:30 PM 2/22/2021 1:30:00 PM
Hartquist Funeral Home - Tyler Chapel

100 US Hwy 14
PO Box 207
Tyler, MN 56178

Per MN Executive Order, mask wearing and social distancing is required. Occupancy limits will be observed. Thank you for your cooperation and understanding.

Hartquist Funeral Home - Tyler Chapel
100 US Hwy 14 Tyler 56178 MN
United States

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Feb

1:30 PM 2/22/2021 1:30:00 PM
Hartquist Funeral Home - Tyler Chapel

100 US Hwy 14
PO Box 207
Tyler, MN 56178

Per MN Executive Order, mask wearing and social distancing is required. Occupancy limits will be observed. Thank you for your cooperation and understanding.

Hartquist Funeral Home - Tyler Chapel
100 US Hwy 14 Tyler 56178 MN
United States
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