Gilbert Martinez

Gilbert Martinez

Wednesday, April 22nd, 1942 - Monday, August 24th, 2020
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Derby - Gilbert Martinez "Candy Pa"
Loving husband, dad, papa, great papa, uncle and friend. He loved his family, making people laugh and animals.

Visitation: Thursday, August 27, 2020, from 5:00 am to 8:00 pm at Smith Mortuary, Derby. Memorial Service: 1:00 pm, Friday, August 28th, 2020 at Smith Mortuary, Derby 1415 North Rock Road Derby, Kansas 67037. Interment to follow at .

He was preceded in death by his wife, George Ann Martinez; father Francisco Martinez; mother, Carmen Miranda; 13 brothers and sisters.

Gilbert is survived by his Son, Steve Martinez (Evelyn), Austin; two daughters, Kimberly Owens, Derby and Stacy Nagel, Maize; 10 grandchildren eight great grandchildren.

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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Thursday, August 27th, 2020 | 5:00am - 8:00pm
    Thursday, August 27th, 2020 5:00am - 8:00pm
    Smith Mortuary, Derby
    1415 North Rock Road
    Derby, Kansas 67037
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Service

    Friday, August 28th, 2020 | 1:00pm
    Friday, August 28th, 2020 1:00pm
    Smith Mortuary, Derby
    1415 North Rock Road
    Derby, Kansas 67037
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email


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Todd, Zanna, & Greyson Rundgren

Posted at 05:02pm
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Harry Simpson

Posted at 03:36pm
Rest Gilbert, until you hear at dawn,
the low, clear reveille of God.

Thank you for your service to this nation. U.S. Air Force.

High rausch

Posted at 10:52pm
I was a caregiver for Mr. Martinez. The first day I met him I asked him to what I should call him, everyone was calling him papa. He said call me Dad, son. He had me right there. I was with him for over a year with an extended “vacation” at Christmas and New Years and when I returned back to work, I walked in and he looked at me in shock and said “where have you been?” I nearly lost control of my bladder. He was a great person to have gotten to know and so was his family. Kim, Dana and family were so good to me. My sincere condolences to all of you, Dad was a great man and I enjoyed every day I spent with him even the “rough” days. He will be missed. Kim, I love you to pieces for all you did for me and for just being you, you are an amazing person.

carmen argau

Posted at 11:13am
Our condolences to the family. Uncle Gilbert was a wonderful, kind, silly man. Always had me laughing when we talked. I am so glad I got to see him at the family reunion in Texas. When he came to California he stayed with me and we talked and talked which brought back so many memories of my Dad through him. He never failed to call me on my birthday since his daughter Kim and I share the same day!! The many gifts he gave me will be cherished forever, every time I look into the mirror he made with my name on it I always think of him. I will miss his sense of humor. May he rest in peace now. Love, Carmen Argau his niece.

Terri Carpenter Simon

Posted at 07:58pm
When I was around 6 he was my hero because I thought he saved my life. I pulled a cloth diaper out of a closet for my mom to change the baby. When I shook the diaper a scorpion fell out. I didn't know what it was and I screamed bloody murder. Uncle Gilbert was on leave from the service and he wore those massive boots. When he heard me scream he raced into the room, saw the scorpion just as it leaped toward me and smashed that thing flat with his boots. I think he set a record for the long jump. Uncle Gilbert to the rescue. I was so amazed at how quickly he reacted.

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