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Mr. Martin Valdez Of Lubbock

Mr. Martin O. Valdez was born in Mathis,Texas to Adolfo and Julia Valdez on Janurary 30, 1945. Mr. Valdez a resident of Lubbock passed away on March 29, 2020 surrounded by his family.  Mr. Valdez leaves to cherish his memories his children Tony, Jeanne, and Judy, grandsons, Theodore, Michael, and Michelangelo. He also leaves to cherish his memories 5 sisters and 2 brothers and a host of other relatives and friends. Martin was a ventriloquist and his puppets names were "It" and "Nono".  He loved going to schools providing free Christmas shows, snacks, and candy to the elementary school children. He also enjoyed singing Elvis songs and was apart of a small music band when he was younger. The group was known for  recreating Elvis songs and even had a few "gigs".  His favorite song that he played often was "Your Nothing But A Hound Dog" and "I want To be Your Teddy Bear" by Elvis. Cremation arrangements have been entrusted to the professionals of Grace Funeral and Cremation Care Inc. Continue to keep the Valdez family in your earnest prayers.

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There are not enough words to express our sadness. We will miss you Martin Valdez. I remember we met in 1962 in the asparagus fields in Minnesota. I was close friends with Mary Lou and Blanca, I never lost contact with Mary Lou. I remember in 2018, during one of our conversations that I asked Martin if he remembered my brother, Dionicio, he was the same age as Martin. In October 2018, my husband Gilbert and I were at a funeral in Lubbock, TX. Martin came by the funeral home to pay his respects and to meet my husband. On August 6, 2019, Martin and Tony came to our family reunion in Plainview, TX. I remember Martin sang a few Elvis Presley songs and it was a good time between friends and family. Tony took some professional photos of the family. Many heartfelt thanks, we had a great time and made wonderful memories.When I mentioned to my younger sister, Tomie that I had talked with Martin, I was surprised she could remember him. Tomie was happy to hear about Martin and that we had made contact once again after so many years. She had a special memory of him, she was a young girl of about 12 years old. She remembered that he was always cleaning his car and how he would sit under a tree and play the guitar singing Elvis Presley songs. Love Me Tender and he would dress in black. Tomie remembers one day she asked Martin if she could help him clean his car, she remembers he said No! Like no one should touch his car. (Smiling) Tomie also remembered one day she was walking with her friends to the wash room at the camp, she remembers him telling her, Hey, you are always taking a bath, but the people never take bathes, they work all day and they do not take a bath! Tomie says he would always make her laugh, he was a sweet friend to her. He would sing Love Me Tender to Tomie on the phone.We love you Martin Valdez. Gone too soon, our time was short.Gilbert & Isabel RodriguezTomie Diaz

Isabel Rodriguez Apr 14 2020 12:00 AM

I miss you grandpa and nana. u taught us alot.

Jl65122716@gmail.com Apr 11 2020 12:00 AM

Hi Tony, under the circumstances I hope all is well with you and the girls. My condolences to you and Judy and Jennie. Throughout the years when i would see my brother Martin. He was always happy and laughing. Had a wonderful smile and loved to talk always asking about my kids. When Chale passed he was there at the reception with my family. Eva was there sitting with him too. We had wonderful conversation with him. When we left he was proud and talking about his new car. Thanks, Esmeralda Delima.

Family Apr 5 2020 12:00 AM

I will always remember the moments we had with Tio Martin, especially our birthdays when we were children and mom would have him bring Nono El Grenudo and do his puppet show. And he would also bring him to family events. Uncle Martin you were an awesome ventriloquist. I don't think I ever told him that. Who all remembers these funny shows? It makes me happy that we stopped and visited him and his son Tony before we left Lubbock during our last visit to Lubbock. He tried to give us a kitten, lol maybe even two. We will miss you and love you forever and ever, RIP Uncle Martin.

Carla P. Apr 3 2020 12:00 AM

My brother was always a jokester, back in 2009, I remember going to my grandsons school orchestra performance at Cavazos Junior High. I saw him & my sister in law in the hallway, they were there seeing their grandson too. I said hello, he looked at me and said, do I know you? I said you better, your my brother! He laughed then we reminisced. That was my brother the funny man he will be missed! Sandy Reyna

Family Apr 3 2020 12:00 AM

I saw Martin as Sanford and Son. Every time I would visit he didn't know what to give me. If you had an illness he had the remedy. He would call me and always start the conversation with Eva, you are never at home. Just checking on you. I'm watching wrestling on my phone. And at times he would call me like 6 in the morning and say Eva are you up? I would say I'm up now. Martin do you know what time it is? He would say yup but if I have to be up I want everybody up. His calls would stop for a bit, so I would call and ask brother why haven't you called? He would say I lost your number. So he would call my brother Steve and tell him to have Eva call me I lost her number. I don't know how many times he did that. Martin was a character. He loved joking. He was getting ready to start singing his Elvis songs again. He sent me a video with him singing. He would say you hear that, that's me. I love you brother. RIP

Eva Valdez Apr 3 2020 12:00 AM

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