Funeral Mass for Martin Tamez, Jr., 61 will be 2 p.m. Tuesday, January 8, 2013, at St. Mary Catholic Church with Father Thomas Dowdell officiating. Interment with military honors will follow at Leon Cemetery, Leon, Oklahoma.
Born on July 9, 1951, in Victoria, Texas, to Martin and Narcissa (Lerma) Tamez , Martin passed away on January 4, 2013, at his Marietta, Oklahoma residence. His maternal grandparents were Nicanor and Inez Martinez Lerma. His paternal grandparents were Raymundo and Nazaria Borrego all of Victoria, Texas.
He and the former Denise Bindel were married on July 28, 1997, in Gainesville, Texas, and resided in Madill, Oklahoma, until moving to Ardmore in 1999. After being injured they moved to the Lake Murray area to be close to family.
At the age of 12 his family traveled to Oklahoma where they decided to stay in the Courtney, OK area. He attended Turner School and graduated with the Class of 1971. Martin joined the Air Force after graduation where he served six years. After military service he joined the Michelin workforce where he worked until being injured on the job in February of 2008.
A member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and a member of St. Mary Catholic Church of Ardmore, Martin enjoyed camping, going to the car races, watching sports and especially OU. He loved his family and spending time with his grandkids. Martin retired after 30 years of service with Michelin.
He is survived by his wife, Denise of the home; daughter and son-in-law, Danielle and Bobby Lee Moore III of Healdton; brother, Tony Tamez and wife, Pamela Gail of Marietta; sisters, Inez Halferty and husband, Rex of Marietta, Trina Mapp and husband, F.S. of Jimtown, Teresa Hartman and husband, Larry of Leon and Gloria Davis and husband, Lynn of Leon; grandchildren, Erik Martin Moore, Roy Jacob (R.J.) Moore and Braelyn Denise Moore; aunts, Theresa Soto and husband, Gonzolo of Victoria, Texas, Josephine Lerma of Victoria, Texas, Cora Lerma of Corpus Christi, Texas, and Elvira Lerma of Los Banos, Calif.; five nieces; six nephews; many great-nieces, nephew, and cousins. We really appreciate our two special cousins, Israel and Ramona Tames.
Preceded in death by his parents, Martin and Narcissa Tamez; son, Martin Jacob (M.J.) Tamez; great-nephew, Rowdy Wayne Hartman.
Pallbearers will be Roy Hartman, Jr, Martin Charles Hartman, John Anthony Tamez, Michael "Bubba" Tamez, Robert Paul Mapp and Ray Butler.
The family will receive friends Monday evening at the Harvey-Douglas Funeral Home from 6-8 p.m.
Condolences may be made online to the family at www.hdouglasfuneralhome.com.