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Benjamin Godina Martinez

March 31, 1934 – Sept. 17, 2010

Benjamin Godina Martinez

POSTED September 25, 2010 1:07 a.m.

Benny passed peacefully during his sleep at home. He was born in San Antonio, Texas and raised in Saginaw, Mich. by his parents, Lucio and Anita Martinez.

Benny served in U.S. Army from October 1957 to August 1963. He was stationed in Germany from 1957 to 1959. He was a member of Saint Anthony’s Catholic Church, president of the Guadalupana Society, a member of the Sociedad Morelos, a member of Cornite Mexicano De Beneficencia, and a member of the American GI Forum for 10 years.

He worked for Tri-Valley Growers Plant 7 as a forklift driver and foreman "A.F." He retired after 32 years with the company.

He liked to dance and he served as coach for Little League and girls, women and men’s baseball teams.

He leaves behind his loving wife of 17 years, Sue. He also leaves behind sisters, Mary (Joe) Garcia and Lucy Lopas, both of Bay City, Mich.; son, Martin (Rhonda) Martinez of Modesto; daughters, Anna (Doug) Fiez of Riverbank and Sophia (Eddie) Zuniga of Modesto; step-daughter, Kim (Robert) Wilson of Denair; 13 grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

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