Manuel Martinez, Jr.

manuel martinez, jr.
Manuel Martinez, Jr., passed away on Thursday, March 9, 2023 at the age of 67. Manny was born on February 6, 1956 in La Mesa, Texas to Irene Casillas. Manny grew up in a time that most of us have no knowledge of. He was proud of his heritage, where he came from and who he was. He worked for his father from a young age, after graduating high school he went on to attend college and from there he did a myriad of things including working in the oil fields and for Enron. He obtained his EMT certification along the way and in the 90's he decided to leave Enron and become a civil servant. He became a licensed Paramedic while working for San Marcos Hays EMS, he went on to become the Operations Manager for SouthernCross Ambulance but then decided it was time to be back on the front line and he went to Allegiance EMS to be a shift supervisor, altogether with 30 years of service given to EMS and if he could, he would still be on a truck, ready to run that next call. In high school Manny was voted "Best Dressed" and he carried that image through out his life. His friends have many nicknames for him, but to his crews and partners in EMS, he was known as "Silver Wings" because of the beautiful mixture of black and silver that his hair became. Also "Manny Fresh" because even at 3 am, waking from sleep to respond to a call, he could wake up and respond with that hair in perfect condition. Manny was an amazing cook, he had the best tacos in town and could grill you up the best steak ever. He was not one to eat "food from a box", it had to be from scratch and he wasn't shy about telling you that. Manny enjoyed the simple life, he was proud to be a civil servant. He was also one of the biggest jokesters and pranksters and he loved to tell the stories of his antics. Manny is preceded in death by his son, Matthew Martinez, and his father, Don Casillas. Manny is survived by his wife, Chrystine “Chrys” Martinez; sons, Kaleb Martinez and Braylen Martinez and his wife Sydney; mother, Irene, and sister, Janie Menix; and fur babies, Teeky and Tazzy.

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  1. We are deeply sorry for your loss ~ Lux Funeral Home & Cremation Services

  2. Hey dude, I’ll always remember our friendship! We had a lot of good and and very few bad times. Like any any other long term brotherhood. But we were there for each other. I’ll miss it all. Never will forget the all the laughter. Rest in peace bro!

  3. What an outstanding person, medic and trainer. I always felt so comfortable with learning from him, ride outs and seeing his patients smiling when he brought them in to CTMC ER. Manny was an outstanding person and such a sad loss.

  4. Praying for peace and comfort with sincere sympathy to the Martinez Family. Your in our hearts and prayers

  5. We, as the Casillas Family, all loved each other & cherish all the times we gathered as a family growing up. We had the best times together. Manuel was always smiling, sweet and a joy to be with. Here we are as cousins, gathered around Grandpa Casillas. There are special family times with Manuel I will never forget & will always cherish. Manuel will be missed by us all! We ALL loved him!

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