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January 29, 2013 > Obituary: David Mark Martinez, Resident of Fremont California

Obituary: David Mark Martinez, Resident of Fremont California

November 4, 1955 - January 21, 2013

Born in San Jose California, David grew up on 3rd Street and D Streets in the Niles District of Fremont. His parents, Basilio "Buzz" Martinez (predeceased) and his mother Shirley Gallegus Martinez of Hayward provided a loving home and a strong work ethic for David and his two elder brothers Leonard and Dennis.

Taught by his father at an early age, David learned to hunt and fish, perform his daily chores, and to ride a bicycle. Bored with conventional training wheels, he quickly established a confidence and passion for "two-wheeled" cycling.

David attended Hacienda Elementary School, Hopkins Jr. High School and finally graduating from Mission San Jose High School, Class of 1973. While working an assortment of part-time jobs, he continued his education at Chabot Community College of Hayward.

On July 1, 1980 David began his career with the East Bay Regional Parks District. He met the love his life, Linda Marin, of the Marin family, Fremont area residents for many generations. Like a hand in a glove they both enjoyed the outdoors, hiking, backpacking, camping, fishing and an undeniable passion for cycling.

David and Linda were married on August 27, 1989 at Shinn Park in Fremont with many generations of Martinez and Marin families and friends in attendance. Their family began with first-born son Christopher, the apple of their eye. Their second son Ryan was born two years later and now the family is complete. It's time to have fun. Let's go cycling!

As the years passed, raising a family did not deter David and Linda with their passion for cycling. Short rides and long rides with family and friends and among groups of cyclists with popular Bay Area clubs and beyond became a tradition.

Let's go to Italy! Vacations to Italy were intentionally planned with cycling in mind. Rome, Florence, Venice, Cortina'd Ampezzo, Sirmione, Gaiole in Chianti were just a few exciting cycling destinations. Their travels were rewarded with lifetime experiences and friendships. David and Linda were in love with Italy and they were in love with each other.

Today the motto of the East Bay Regional Parks District is "Embrace Life". Such a motto could not be more fitting for the legacy of David Mark Martinez.

January 21, 2013 was the morning that David took his final bicycle ride. His loving family, friends and co-workers mourn his loss and will forever honor his memory.

A David Martinez Memorial Fund has been established with the Bank of the West, Newark Branch, 35125 Newark, CA 94560, (510) 797-2531.

Services Schedule:
Wednesday January 30, 2013, Viewing, 4pm-5pm, Visitation and Remembrance, 5pm-7pm, Catholic Service, 7pm-8:30pm.
Thursday January 31, 2013, Chapel Service, 11:00am-12pm, Burial Service, 12pm-1pm.
Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, Holy Angels Chapel, 1051 Harder Rd, Hayward, CA 94542, (510) 537-6600.

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