Rudolpho ‘Rudy’ Martinez
Surrounded by family, Rudolpho (Rudy) Martinez passed away Dec. 31, 2012, in San Pedro. He was 83 years of age. He was a resident of Rancho Palos Verdes. On Jan. 8, 2013, he was laid to rest with his beloved wife, Joan (Jan) Adell Grey, at Green Hills Memorial Park, Rancho Palos Verdes.
Rudy was born to José María Martínez and Regina Peña on Sept. 27, 1929 in Owenyo, Inyo. His father and mother were born in Encarnción de Díaz, Jalisco, Mexico, eventually immigrating to the United States. He was an employee of the Southern Pacific Railroad, assigned to the narrow gauge railroad line that ran through the Owens Valley. He was the youngest of nine children. There were two older brothers, Mauro and Perfecto; and four older sisters, Esperanza, Dominga, Helena and Lisa. Two younger siblings of Rudy’s died in infancy. He attended elementary school in Owenyo and Lone Pine High School. He was active in sports, including basketball. After graduation from high school in June 1947, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy, serving three years. In 1948, he married Jan, who remained his devoted wife until her untimely death in 1996.
After his military service, he relocated to Southern California where he enrolled in college, studying electrical engineering. While enrolled in college, he was working at a small aerospace company, founded in Inglewood, which eventually became TRW, Inc., a fortune 500 company. During this period, Jan and he raised five children, Daniel of Honolulu, Hawaii, Donald of Palos Verdes Estates, Theresa of Eagle, Colo., Tamara of Morgan Hills and Tracy of San Diego. There are eight grandchildren and three grandchildren.
In 1990, after 33 years, Rudy retired from TRW, to spend more time with Jan and family. They returned many times to Lone Pine, to visit Rudy’s parents, and Jan’s parents, Harlan “Huck” and Theresa Mann.
Rudy was an avid sports fan, which included the L.A. Dodgers, and Lakers. He was an L.A. Rams season ticket holder for many years. In addition he was actively involved with senior softball, both as a manager and player in the Manhattan Beach Senior Softball Association. In 1999, he played outfielder on the Jets, in the Senior Softball World Series, an achievement he cherished. He was 69 years of age.
Rudy loved God, his much-loved wife, Jan, his family, Lone Pine, the Democratic Party, animals – especially dogs – and his Hispanic heritage and ancestry. He was a proud Life Member of the Turner Barnes VFW post 8036 in Lone Pine.
Funeral services were held on Jan. 8 at Holy Trinity Catholic Church, San Pedro.
In accordance with Rudy’s wishes, donations can be made in his memory to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital or The Humane Society.