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Obituary – Esequiel “Zeke” Martinez III

December 5, 2019

MISSION – Esequiel “Zeke” Martinez III, 46, has gone to rest with our Lord on Saturday, November 30, 2019. Zeke is survived by his loving family, his wife, Yvonne Martinez; his children, Catherine and Matthew; his parents, Esequiel Jr. and Ester Martinez; 3 siblings, Esteban Martinez, Elizette (Christopher) Cruz, and Elias (Laura) Martinez, numerous nieces and nephews, uncles, aunts and cousins. Zeke was a devoted educator at Vanguard Rembrandt Academy in Pharr. A visitation will be held on Wednesday, December 4, 2019 from 2 pm – 9 pm with a 7 pm service at Vanguard Rembrandt Academy – Building #4. Funeral service will be held on Thursday, December 5, 2019 at St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church at 10 am, 122 Hawk Ave. in Pharr. Burial will follow at Palm Valley Memorial Gardens in Pharr. Zeke, we love you with all our hearts and will miss you dearly. Your legacy as an educator will forever be remembered. May you rest in peace until we meet again. Services have been entrusted to Ric Brown Family Funeral Home of McAllen.


December 5, 2019
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  1. Lázaro Villarreal

    Nuestro más sentido pésame para Uds. familia Martinez . Recordaré siempre a Mr. Martinez “Zeke”
    un gran ser humano y una persona muy amable y cordial saludarme siempre con una sonrisa y agradeciendo nuestro trabajo que yo y mis compañeros realizamos con gusto y mucho orgullo . Un profesor Excelente que dejo una huella de humildad y respeto en mi vida . Mr. Lázaro Villarrral

  2. Maria Garza

    Condolences to the family

  3. Guadalupe Gonzalez

    My friend your smile and professionalism will always be by me. You were and always be my friend even though you were a New England Patriot fan lol. RIP my friend.

  4. Christine perry

    My condolences to the family. Zeke was such a joy to be around!! I got to know him when he worked at Region 1, I was party of the American History grant group. He’s going to be missed.

  5. Brenda Tagle Warner

    I was so sadden when I heard about the loss on Zeke. I met Zeke in elementary school up until high school. He was always very kind. My deepest condolences to his parents, his wife & children. My our Heavenly Father confort then as only He can in this hard time.

  6. Claudia Rodriguez Abitua

    Such a caring soul. I’ll always remember you for the kind person that you were throughout our high school years. God needed an angel & what perfect person He chose, YOU! May you forever rest in eternal peace my dear friend. May the perpetual light always shine upon you. You’ll be greatly missed. Rest easy

  7. Irma Moreno

    My heartfelt condolences to his beautiful family who he loved with all his heart and soul. Zeke will always have a special place in my heart for being so kind, generous with his time, and always willing to have a conversation about anything. He was a colleague to many at Region One. His Legacy will live on in Matthew, Catherine and Yvonne. You all will be in my daily prayers.

  8. Patty York Raymond

    Still in shock over the death of our dear colleague and friend. Zeke was an enthusiastic educator dedicated to the future of all kids. It was always nice running into him during my intern observations at Vanguard. His love and devotion for his family was evident with every conversation with him. My prayers go out to them during this very difficult time. Rest In Peace Zeke.

  9. Oscar & Juanita Tagle

    Our deepest condolences to the Martinez family.

  10. Esmer

    Our deepest condolences to his family…he will be missed by his VANGUARD students especially my son that goes there he will miss him. They have our sympathy. From J. Seth Tamez / Mcdonald Family

  11. Cynthia Aguilar

    Zeke was such a kind and friendly individual who will be missed by many. He is a fine example of God’s vessel who offered love, compassion and kindness to all. May his soul Rest In Peace and perpetual light always shine upon him. My condolences to the family.

  12. Tony Lopez

    Zeke was one of the best childhood friend one could ask for. I Knew him since kinder. Such an unbearable loss. My heart aches for his family.

  13. Clara Cáceres Contreras

    My deepest heartfelt sympathy to Zekes’ wife & family. I pray that Zeke felt Gods love and embrace as he entered the kingdom of heaven. Zeke was a friend to many and was loved by many. It was pure joy to have crossed his path. May God give his family strength and courage with this new Chapter of their life’s.


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