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INOCENCIO “INO” MARTINEZ

Inocencio Martinez, beloved husband, father and grandfather, died January 13, 2021.

Born in San Luis Potosí, Mexico, September 22, 1935, Ino always dreamed of coming to the United States. When he was in high school, his father enrolled him in Tex Mex, now known as Presbyterian Pan-American School, a high school for boys from Mexico located in Kingsville, Texas.  After graduation he attended King College, now King University, in Bristol, Tennessee, where he met his beloved wife of 59 years, Lucy Anne Roberts, of Knoxville, TN.  They were married on July 22, 1961 at Emmanuel Episcopal Church in Bristol, Virginia.  He then attended the University of Tennessee, in Knoxville, where he earned a Master’s Degree in Food Science and Food Technology.  After graduation he worked for The Heekin Can Company, Cincinnati, Ohio, and subsequently, worked for General Foods Corporation, Dover, Delaware, Libby’s, in the Chicago area; Mead Johnson in Evansville, Indiana; Quaker Oats, Barrington, Illinois; Coca Cola, Atlanta; and InZone Brands, Vinings, GA. Through the years he became an expert in food packaging and machinery. He was instrumental in designing many innovative packages, one of which was a 32 ounce Gatorade bottle, for which he received an award in New York City. When we went out to dinner, he would always mention to the server that the squeeze cap on the ketchup bottle was his idea, an idea which earned him a patent from Coca Cola.

He was a member of the Episcopal Church and very faithful to the Lord and the church.  He was a Licensed Lay Reader for many years, he taught Sunday school, served on several vestries and was an Altar Guild member. He was a stained glass artist, making lamps and sun catchers for the whole family.  His crowning achievement in stained glass was crafting nine windows for St. Clement’s Episcopal Church in Canton, GA where he was a member for 23 years.  While in Canton, he volunteered for an after-school program called Path to Shine, which was formed by an Episcopal deacon for under privileged elementary school children.  He was proud of the work he did there.

He was a loving man and devoted family man. His grandchildren lovingly called him Abu. Ino was a phenomenal story teller. Hours can be spent retelling all of his stories from his everyday life and his foreign travels.   He loved to create recipes and share food and recipes with his family.  He remained devoted to his ten brothers and sisters in Mexico and visited them whenever he could. One of his joys after moving to Savannah was to participate in the social life of the neighborhood, especially the Grumpy Men’s Coffee group on Saturday mornings. More could be said, but, finally, this amazing packaging engineer, likewise, had a beautifully engineered life!

He is survived by his wife, Lucy Roberts Martinez, of Savannah; daughters Janice Marie Martinez (spouse Larry Anastasia) of Rochester, MI; Barbara Michelle (Bambi) Martinez (spouse Scott Prieb)of Chesterfield, MO; and son Thomas Matthew Martinez (spouse Alicia Roth Martinez) of Grayson, GA; grandchildren Madison Olivia Martinez, Sheridan Michelle Prieb, Luke Harrison Martinez, Emily Hope Martinez, and many family members in Mexico.

There will be a Celebration of Life worship service at St. Clement’s Church in Canton, GA at a date and time to be announced.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorials be made to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society or to the American Cancer Society.

Online Condolences

  1. Wound Care Clinic - ESU says:

    Sending our deepest sympathy, thoughts, and prayers to the Martinez family.

    Love,
    Wound Care Clinic – ESU Family.

  2. Robert Harbourne says:

    IMO was a asset to our small community and will be missed by many. Our Grumpy Old Men breakfasts
    will be always be “minus one” and he will be remembered. Rest In Peace my friend!

    RC

  3. Janet Peak says:

    Lucy and family,

    May God comfort you all with the memories of a Christ lead life of Ino and his service to mankind through his work. I am so glad to know you and Ino had 59 years together. Bob and I had 51 years of marriage until brain cancer took him 7 years ago.

    Take comfort in precious memories and your loving family.

  4. Salvador Martínez Castillo says:

    Desde Ciudad Madero Tamaulipas, y otras partes de la República de México, la familia de nuestro querido hermano enviamos nuestras condolencias; Ino es un hombre sin igual. Queda en nuestros corazones.

    TRANSLATION – From Ciudad Madero Tamaulipas, and other parts of the Republic of Mexico, the family of our dear brother send our condolences; Ino is a man without equal. He remains in our hearts.

  5. Yolanda Gosewisch says:

    Nuestro más sentido pésame para la Familia Martínez.Damos gracias a Dios por haberlo conocido un gran hombre y un gran ejemplo Mexicano.Viva México
    Love.La Familia Gosewisch❤️

    TRANSLATION – Our condolences to the Martínez Family, we thank God for having met him a great man and a great Mexican example.
    Love The Gosewisch Family

  6. Larry Longo says:

    In the all too short time I knew Ino as a friend and neighbor, I did have the privilege to call him my friend. When he entered our community clubhouse to join our Saturday morning Men’s Coffee Club, we all knew “Ino is here”. He always entered with some comment to spice up the mood such as “I’m back….don’t send them the ransom.” We will miss this very special man; and we count it a blessing to be have known him. Rest In Peace mi querido amigo.

  7. Linda oliver says:

    My deepest sympathy to Lucy and family. I am so heartbroken at this loss. Ino was a special longtime friend dating back to the late 50s when he was a young student at King College in Bristol. I have many fond memories of those times. Since that time he accomplished much including his beautiful family. He was the most kindhearted generous friend I have had. I’m so grateful for the influence he has had on my life and for being able to reconnect with him in recent years. Lucy, my prayer is that in the coming days, you will be comforted in your precious memories and knowing we will see him again!

  8. José Estrada Martinez says:

    Our condolences to you for the death of our beloved uncle Ino Martinez, may God comfort you and whoever, in his presence, already enjoys life, be light and hope for his family. God bless you

  9. Bill and Sue Shape says:

    We are heartbroken to hear this sad news. Ino was such a joyful, loving man. He will be missed by so many. Heaven is a better and more joyful place now. Our prayers are with Lucy and the family.

  10. John-Margie doiron says:

    So sad to hear the news about Ino. Prayers for Lucy and family.
    Will always have the memories of the fun and food at our foyer dinners.

  11. Alice and Al Irvine says:

    Sorry to hear the this news. Have so many memories of Ino from activities at St. Clements Church in Canton. We will have you in our thoughts.

  12. Sallee Macknik says:

    My prayers are with you and your family, Lucy. He will be missed by all of us. I especially am thankful for his wonderful ministry to the children of Paths to Shine. The children miss his wonderful stories and guidance. We’ll all miss his wonderful smile.

  13. The Waldron Family says:

    So so sorry to hear this sad news! Ino was an incredible man, father and servant of God. His love for everyone and passion for his family and church are what we will always remember him for. I’m quite sure he is sitting with Jesus this very moment and working on the design for his next stained glass masterpiece. Our love to his entire family!

  14. Kay Morrison says:

    We mourn the loss of such a creative and talented man of God. Every time I look at his beautiful stained-glass windows at St. Clement’s, I will think of Ino. May his example of a life well lived bring comfort to all who knew and loved him. Blessings.

  15. Robert Badgett Allen says:

    Ino had a large Tennessee family through his relationship by marriage into the Badgett family. He and his cooking was loved. He will be missed but remembered always.

  16. Matt Martinez says:

    Dad was such a great man & is such a great soul! I am proud to say he is my father! He made such a wonderful life for his family. The greatest life lesson he taught me through his acts, was to always give selflessly and with God Almighty in mind. Thank you for the outpouring of thoughts & prayers for us! Thank you also Ed Gamble & the team for helping me & my mom with the arrangements.

  17. Fran and Victor Lepore says:

    Dear Lucy and Family, Words can not express our sadness and feeling of loss. Ino was so special and we are thankful we were able to have him in our lives even if it was for a short time. We will remember him always and know he is there with us every time we look through his beautiful windows. We pray for peace and protection for you and your family. Love and Hugs…

  18. Larry& Paula Ellis says:

    The world is not as good a place without Ino. We know he will be an asset in the next world. Than you and Ino for helping to raise our family. We will always remember you both as part of our chosen family.

  19. Chuck Meter says:

    I remember Ino and the Martinez family from the days at St. Mary Episcopal church in Crystal Lake Il. He was the Jr. Warden then , and I remember his calls for help ” There is something wrong with the tractor ”
    He will be missed . God bless Ino and all the Martinez family

  20. Mike Spears says:

    Ino and Lucy are both inspirations, their Faith and Goodness are much
    so admired!

  21. Thomas and Karen Bommelje says:

    Our Dear Ino we are heartbroken with the news of your passing. Deacon Lucy you have our condolences and prayers. We first met Ino when we joined St. Clement’s in the year 2000. We will miss his kind and gentle heart along with his stories and humor. We will always remember our little Alter Guild group……the times(s) we set the alarm off, your comment about “there’s nothing to this!, just stick a flower in wherever”, looking for the right polish for the candle sticks. The time we wore coconuts and grass skirts to a Foyer Group party because it was a Hawaiian theme. Teaching me while helping you, when I could, shaping the glass for your beautiful church windows. Helping you place them in church. Celebrating and laughing in your basement with a couple of Dos Equis. We will meet again my friend. Rest in Peace.

  22. Oliver K Spears III says:

    Ino was a wonderful, thoughtful, caring and compassionate man, husband, and father. He will be missed tremendously by his Tennessee family.

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