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December 3, 1981 ~ November 8, 2023 (age 41) 41 Years Old
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Jose Martinez, 41, of Peoria, IL a beloved father, son, and brother, passed away on Wednesday, November 8, 2023, at OSF St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria. He was born on December 3, 1981, in Elgin, IL, the son of Jose Martinez and Reta Crew.
Surviving are his sons, Derek and Ryen Martinez, both of Washington, and Wesley Denham of Low Point, IL; his father of Kewanee, IL; and his mother, Reta Lopez of Metamora, IL. Also surviving are his four brothers, Rodolfo Lopez, Jr, Donald Lopez, Roberto Martinez and Sergio Lopez, and seven sisters, Elizabeth Lett, Nancy Lopez, Cynthia Carlberg, Maribel Santoyo, Marlene Diaz, Vicky Martinez z and Crystal Siltman along with a host of extended family.
He worked as a welder for Morton Industries in Morton, IL. His dedication to his craft was evident in the quality of his work and the respect he earned from his colleagues.
Jose's love for his family was the cornerstone of his life. He cherished his time with his father, and mother and his love for his sons, Derek and Ryen, was immeasurable. The days of their births were, without a doubt, the best days of his life. His love for his family was only matched by his love for music, particularly the song "Sober" by Tool, which he often played on his guitar.
An avid sports fan, Jose's loyalty to the San Francisco 49ers was unwavering. He enjoyed watching games with his family and friends, and his enthusiasm and team spirit were infectious. His love for music extended to playing the guitar, a hobby that brought him great joy and relaxation.
Jose was a man of many words, but those who knew him best would describe him as funny, thoughtful, and adventurous. His sense of humor was infectious, his thoughtfulness was touching, and his adventurous spirit was inspiring. He lived his life to the fullest, embracing every moment with a smile and a laugh.
Cremation rites have been accorded. Jose's family will schedule a time to share memories of his life at a later date. Mason-White Funeral Home in Washington is assisting the family with arrangements. His family invites you to visit www.masonfuneralhomes.com to share a memory or send a condolence.