Marcelino Aguirre Martinez Jr., 64, longtime resident of Dallas, died Aug. 25 in Dallas.

Born in Eden, Texas on Feb. 5, 1947, Martinez began his teaching career in San Angelo after graduating from Angelo State University. He retired in 1999 from Dallas Independent School District. Martinez gave his heart to his students through his creativity and dedication.

He was an avid collector of flamingos, crowns and angels and was a cherished brother, uncle and friend. He loved, and was loved, by his family and friends.

Martinez was preceded in death by his parents, Marcelino Sr. and Juanita Martinez; and by his brothers, Ben Martinez and Alex Rodriguez.

Martinez is survived by his sisters and brothers-in-law, Olivia Reyes, Amelia Lopez and husband Adolfo, Candy Lara and husband Tom, Angel Alvarado and husband Leonard, Vicki Rosas and husband Armando Sr., and Margaret Gonzales and husband Edwin; by his brothers and sisters-in-law, Joe Martinez and wife Josie, Danny Martinez and wife Estella, Gilbert Juarez and wife Lurdes; and by numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, great-great-nieces and great-great-nephews.

A memorial services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 3, at Johnson’s Funeral Home, 435 W. Beauregard, in San Angelo.

This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition September 2, 2011.