Rodrigo J. "Jesse" Martinez, 66, of Van Wert passed away on Friday, December 24, 2021 at Van Wert Health.
He was born on April 29, 1955, in Hondo, Texas, the son of the late Leandro and Georgia (Rodriguez) Martinez.
Jesse retired from Mattel Corporation in Ft. Wayne after many years of service.
He had formerly attended White Horse Church in Van Wert.
Jesse enjoyed collecting plants and coins, vintage cars, baking and cooking, bible study, blues music and playing the harmonica.
He had a wonderful sense of humor, was an excellent gift-giver and loved visiting with family, friends and everyone he encountered.
Surviving are his daughter, Tiffany Janel Martinez of Sevierville, Tennessee; brothers, Joe (Connie) Martinez, John Pissarro, Fred Martinez and Lee (Bev) Martinez; sisters, Maria Casarez and Carol Diaz; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Rito Martinez; and sisters, Esperanza Velasquez, Guadalupe Martinez and Jane Stetler.
Services will be held at 11:00 AM on Friday, December 31, 2021, at Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home & Crematory with Rev. Bill Watson, officiating. Interment will follow at 1:15 PM in Woodland Cemetery, Van Wert.
Visitation will be held after the service until 1:00 PM on Friday at the funeral home
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Jesse`s memory may be directed to the family to help cover expenses.
To share in Jesse's online memorial, please visit www.alspachgearhart.com.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home & Crematory, 722 S Washington Street, Van Wert, OH 45891.