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Daniel Martinez Jr.

June 23, 1956 - August 12, 2014
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      If there was ever a person who wanted to heal all the wrongs in the world, it was Daniel Martinez. He was an idealist who sought to bring harmony to those around him. Even though Daniel was enthusiastic and generous, it was sometimes difficult for him to boast about his accomplishments. Daniel had strong personal convictions, making it hard for him to relinquish those ideals he held dearest to himself. Despite his outer strengths and beliefs, Daniel sometimes struggled in his efforts to see the world as completely positive. Daniel's life motto was always to hope for the best and work hard towards that end, but be prepared for some of life's disappointments. This philosophy was a continual driving force in his life, but it did not extinguish the bright light that defined the dreamer in Daniel, something that was always there and that he readily shared with everyone around him.       Daniel was born on June 23, 1956 at Mercy Hospital in Laredo, Texas. His parents were Niel R and Noemi M Martinez. Daniel was raised in Corpus Christi, Texas. As a youngster, Daniel demonstrated an excellent vocabulary and command of language. He was a compassionate person, a quality that he would carry with him throughout his life. Even at a young age, Daniel was sensitive to his parents’ moods and worked hard to please them and live up to their expectations.       Throughout...
      If there was ever a person who wanted to heal all the wrongs in the world, it was Daniel Martinez. He was an idealist who sought to bring harmony to those around him. Even though Daniel was enthusiastic and generous, it was sometimes difficult for him to boast about his accomplishments. Daniel had strong personal convictions, making it hard for him to relinquish those ideals he held dearest to himself. Despite his outer strengths and beliefs, Daniel sometimes struggled in his efforts to see the world as completely positive. Daniel's life motto was always to hope for the best and work hard towards that end, but be prepared for some of life's disappointments. This philosophy was a continual driving force in his life, but it did not extinguish the bright light that defined the dreamer in Daniel, something that was always there and that he readily shared with everyone around him.

      Daniel was born on June 23, 1956 at Mercy Hospital in Laredo, Texas. His parents were Niel R and Noemi M Martinez. Daniel was raised in Corpus Christi, Texas. As a youngster, Daniel demonstrated an excellent vocabulary and command of language. He was a compassionate person, a quality that he would carry with him throughout his life. Even at a young age, Daniel was sensitive to his parents’ moods and worked hard to please them and live up to their expectations.

      Throughout his life, Daniel showed a remarkable ability to mend relationships. This was true even with his siblings. Daniel was caring, diplomatic and tolerant of the feelings of those around him. Daniel was raised with one sibling. He had one sister, Chrisselda. Daniel was constantly involved in activities with his brothers and sisters. Daniel and his siblings had the typical rivalries while growing up, but they cared deeply for one another.

      As a young boy, Daniel lived a childhood filled with fantasy. He was generally in pursuit of his own identity, but he was also adaptable to almost any situation he faced. Daniel took part in baseball and played pool. He was a boy scout. In his spare time he liked to read comic books, play with toy soldiers, and collected cars. Daniel's memorable achievements included. However, to Daniel, the most fun to be had was simply playing, and spending time with his many friends.

      High school was a time for Daniel to seek out knowledge. He enjoyed learning and had a natural interest in gathering information. Daniel had a flair for the poetic and was very expressive and articulate, especially when it came to his writing. Daniel took his education seriously. He graduated from Mary Carrol High School in 1974. He enjoyed some courses more than others, having favorite classes and teachers. His favorite class in high school was German. He was the best pool player and he loved bowling.

      Daniel's love of learning carried over to his college years. He applied himself scholastically, and he developed a particular interest in the humanities. In fact, Daniel often viewed himself as a bit of a scholar when it came to his studies. He attended Dell Mar College. His favorite course was Spanish.

      While those who did not know him well found Daniel to be somewhat reserved until they got to know him, he was an authentic and devoted friend. Daniel was a tranquil person, with an easygoing and open-minded attitude towards life. He presented a pleasant face to the outside world but concealed the pain and discomfort he felt over his own friends’ difficulties. Daniel sought to achieve harmony with everyone and possessed the ability to mend conflicts and avoid interpersonal struggles. While growing up, some of his best friends were Steve and Jerry. Later in life, he became friends with Sandy and Mike.

      The desire for romance was always present in Daniel's life. He succeeded in finding it on June 9, 1994, when Daniel exchanged wedding vows with Alliarne Eco at Riviera Wedding Chapel of Las Vegas, Nevada. Daniel cared passionately for Alliarne. His deep loyalty and a strong commitment to his vows brought a sense of completeness to their marriage.

      Daniel was a gentle person who held deep feelings for his children. He enjoyed having fun with his child and was at times fiercely protective of her. Daniel showed great empathy in his willingness to give every family member a voice in family decisions. He was blessed with one child, Danielle Martinez.

      Blessed with a strong sense of integrity, Daniel was as loyal and committed in his work as he was in the rest of his life. Daniel worked well with fellow employees and showed great cooperation in reaching common goals. Though he had a tendency to take on too many tasks, himself; Daniel showed great patience with complicated situations. He was ingenious and trusted his intuition. For Daniel, the application of logic could be optional, and while that sometimes bothered his co-workers, Daniel always seemed to be able to get the job done. He was most comfortable working on the projects and jobs that he strongly supported. His primary occupation was a casino slot floorperson. He was employed for 14 years by the Riviera Hotel and Casino then worked at the Rampart Casino for 12 years. Daniel always tried to be a team player, doing what was necessary in order to get the job done.

      Daniel enjoyed his leisure time by taking part in various hobbies. His favorite pursuits were reading historical fiction books and biographies. Daniel was content to enjoy his hobbies alone but he was also willing to share his interests with others.

      Daniel's tremendous enthusiasm for the activities he enjoyed also influenced the pleasure he drew from sports. Recreational sports included billiards and Krav Maga. Daniel also enjoyed watching sports and liked following his favorite teams whenever he got the chance to do so. At the top of his list was baseball.

      Daniel was an eternal idealist, and his deep concern for others made him a valuable asset to the many clubs and organizations to which he belonged. Because he truly wanted to make a difference, Daniel was actively involved in these kinds of groups throughout his life. Daniel was passionate in his beliefs and being a very skilled communicator, he could really come alive when involved in a project. Throughout his later years, Daniel was an active member of a handyman club and a gardener's club.

      With a calling to help others and a fierce conviction for the causes in which he believed, Daniel would work hard for his values and principles. Politically, Daniel was democratic.

      Daniel took all of his personal and moral obligations seriously. Daniel was a strong defender of his faith. He was a Christian.

      Being a selfless person, Daniel did not seek approval from his peers, but he valued the recognition he received for his good deeds. Some of his most prestigious awards included employee of the month at the Tropicana Hotel & Casino and the Rampart Casino.

      Daniel enjoyed traveling and going away on vacations. Taking trips provided the chance for him to kick back and relax, to visit new places and see new things. Favorite vacations included going to Maui, Hawaii and the Phillippines.

      Daniel was a lover of animals and cherished his pets. He loved all his pets, they were all his favorites because of their own unique personalities. His family was rounded out by his turtle and nine dogs over the years.

      Daniel passed away on August 13, 2014 at at home from a sudden heart attack. He is survived by his wife, Bing Martinez, daughter Danielle, mother Noemi, father Daniel, and sister Chrisselda. Daniel was cremated and laid to rest in the home of his family.

      Daniel Martinez was someone who was able to see the world as a good and honorable place. He viewed the people who inhabited it as essentially good. A person who tended to see the world in terms of black and white, Daniel tried to focus on the good he saw, knowing that there were times he would have to compromise. He was selfless and deeply committed to all things positive and good. Daniel was a person who would keep his eye on tomorrow and constantly held onto his dreams. He was capable of being mystical at times, and he could be the seer or shaman of a group. It was this exceptional insight and quiet reserve that that became Daniel's trademark qualities for all who knew him, and it was one of the many reasons why all who knew him loved Daniel Martinez.

"My sympathy goes out to the family during your time of grief. May God's loving-kindness comfort you and help you through this difficult time. (Psalm..."

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