Delta resident Benjamin L. Martinez died July 31, 2017, at Colorow Care Center in Olathe. He was 62.
A celebration of life will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Aug. 4, at the Delta Performing Arts Center with Frank St. Peter officiating. Inurnment will follow at the Delta City Cemetery.
Mr. Martinez was born on Feb. 19, 1955, to Sam Madrid and Flora Valdez in Trinidad. The family moved to Thousand Oaks, Calif., where he attended school. He moved to Delta in 1996.
In 1999, he married Elaine Lang. They had one daughter and divorced six years later.
Mr. Martinez worked in construction and was a Christian. He retired from the Delta Volunteer Fire with 20 years of service in May 2016.
He enjoyed fishing, four-wheeling, playing bingo, watching sunsets, going for drives in the country, coaching girls' softball and spending time with his daughter, Emily.
Mr. Martinez is survived by his daughter, Emily Martinez of Delta; brother, Robert Crask of Delta; sisters, Pat (Henry) Cota of Delta and Ruby (Rick) Baltes of Moorpark, Calif.; three stepdaughters, Jessica Jarrard of Layton, Utah, Melanie (Jeffery) Harris of West Monroe, La., and Shelby (Aaron) Reeder of Delta; two stepgrandchildren, Rian Reeder and Luke Harris; ex-wife, Elaine (Bob) Lang of Delta; and extended family.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Hank, Saul and Lee Martinez, and Tom Crask; and sister, Linda Lewis.
Memorial donations may be sent to the Delta Volunteer Fire Department, 285 Fifth Street, Delta, CO 81416.
Arrangements are under the care and direction of Taylor Funeral Service and Crematory.
View the internet obituary and sign the online guest registry at www.taylorfuneralservice.com.
On Dec. 4 Delta County Commissioners Doug Atchley, Mark Roeber and Don Suppes denied the application of Paonia Holdings, LLC for a change of land use for the property at 41322 Highway 133, with an adjacent residence at 41402 Highway 133 and an ancillary property at 16180 Stevens Gulch Road.
The property is owned by Bowie Resources, LLC, and was formerly used as a coal load-out site.