“In the end, its not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years.”
Robert Martinez unexpectedly ended his journey on earth and departed December 16th, 2020 to begin a new chapter of his life, where he waits to greet his friends and family and lead us through the gates of eternal paradise.
Robert was born, February 26th, 1954 in East Los Angeles at the Holy Cross Hospital to Mother Celia Recendez and Paul Martinez. His family, even at an early age, could see that this firetruck red haired and dazzling emerald green-eyed boy, held so much love in his heart and would play a special part in our family. You may have even heard Robert facetiously mentioning from time to time that he was unquestionably “The Favorite” in the family and with a smirk we would never give him the satisfaction of letting him know we knew it was true.
In 1969, Robert and his family moved to Littleton, Colorado where Robert attended High School and eventually fell in love with the culture and spiritual essence of the Rocky Mountain country. Robert was full of ambition and had many successful ventures throughout the years, from owning Azteca Stone and Masonry to competing in the National Western Stock Shows and traveling to Rodeo’s and State Fair’s displaying his prize winning Belgian Draft Horses offering carriage rides. Later in life, Robert gained interest in the gaming industry spending nearly 25 years in Cripple Creek, Colorado working and learning the art of stakes and waging.
As a person, Robert possessed this laid-back attitude on life and a contagious smile that put anyone’s mind in a state of tranquility and created a soothing feeling of being home. He had a gift of making everyone around him feel welcome and the ability to make you feel a little closer to his heart. Robert cherished and valued family and loved being surrounded by family’s laughter and the memories we shared; whether it was dancing at Santana Concerts, vacationing in Mexico, Holidays, barbeques, or just a get together for lunch. From grand gestures to a simple text inquiring about our day, he loved his family so much and made sure to show it every day.
Robert, or to others that may know him as Bob, The Godfather, Chismoso, El Guapo, Mijo or Uncle…. you will forever be in our thoughts. You are truly one of a kind and your courage, honesty, laughter, and wisdom will carry on through your loved ones. We will forever miss you and we love you with all our hearts.
Robert will be fondly remembered by his family and friends as a loving Uncle, a great friend, and a caring brother. He is preceded in death by parents, Celia Recendez and Robert Hoyt and is survived by loving sisters Kim Myra Shea Boutin of Florissant, CO, Elizabeth Yvette Brier of St. George, UT. Nieces and Nephews, Sheana Celia Shea, Nicholas Carlton Brier, Joshua James Shea, Justin Van Hoyt Shea, Jenna Leanne Brier, Adam Ray Primrose, Garrett Carlton Brier, Kaitlyn Ann Brier; Great Nieces and Nephews, Aspen Shea Guinaugh, Parker Michael Shea, Liam Aaron Shillander and River Michael Guinaugh.
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