Mateus da Rocha Martins Jr, 69 of Hilmar, passed peacefully on August 21 at Emanuel Medical Center in Turlock. He lived in Hilmar for 49 years and was born in Ribeirinha, Terceira, Azores.
Mateus is survived by his mother Maria da Encarnacao Martins of Hilmar, his son Christopher (Alisa Ables) Martins of Hilmar, his sisters Carmel (Paul) Caetano of Delhi, Hope (Arthur) Carmo of Hilmar, Mary Lou (Robert) Nascimento of Turlock, Mary (Mark) Pierce of Hilmar, his brothers Tony (Debra) Martins of Modesto, Johny (Joann) Martins of Gustine, his 19 nephews and nieces, and his many cousins in California, Canada and Terceira.
Mateus was preceded in death by his father Mateus Rocha Martins, and brother August Martins. He was a member of the Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Hilmar, PFSA counsel 26 of Hilmar, Casa dos Acores in Hilmar, Suport Clubo Acoreano of Hilmar, Stevinson Pentecost of Stevinson, and do grupo dos forcados in Hilmar.
Visitation will be Monday August 29th from 2-5 P.M. at Whitehurst-Norton-Dias Funeral Service, 286 W. Main Street, Turlock. Rosary will be Monday August 29th at 7 P.M. at Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Hilmar.
Mass will be Tuesday August 30 at 10 A.M. at Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Hilmar; Burial to follow in Turlock.