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James Martins Obituary

James Joseph Martins
James Joseph Martins

June 9, 1931 - November 19, 2019
Born in Santa Rita, California
Resided in Salinas, California
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James Joseph Martins passed away peacefully on November 19th, 2019. He was born to Frank & Marie (Ruda) Martins on June 9, 1931. He graduated from Salinas High School in 1949 where he met the love of his life Sally Wilson. After eloping on July 9, 1949 on his father’s fishing boat, they honeymooned in close quarters as they enjoyed their journey to Mexico. Settling into married life in Salinas, Jim worked for his mother in law Marguerite Wilson as a ranch hand, Purity Grocery Store, Theil Hampton Realty, then became a Real Estate Broker. Jim proudly rode bulls, bareback horses and became a Professional Team Roper winning two PRCA Gold Card World Championships heeling behind Pete Norris. He was honored to win the prestigious California Rodeo Gold Card Team Roping twice and Oakdale Rodeo once. He enjoyed each and every team roping partner, many becoming lifelong friends. He was an avid hunter and would rather spend his time outdoors. Passing this love to his children Kearney & Marguerite, and his grandchildren and great granddaughter.

He was a proud member of the California Rodeo Association, Native Sons of the Golden West, Salinas Elks Lodge, Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association Gold Card Member, A.C.T.R.A., W.S.T.R.A., and a Monterey County Sheriff’s Posse Lifetime Member.

Jim was blessed with a green thumb and enjoyed gardening alongside Sally at the family cabin. He relished working cattle with his friends and family. He had a knack for words and rhymes until the very end. He brought great joy and love to all his family and friends.

He was preceded in death by his Wife Sally Anne Wilson Martins, Son Michael Martins, Father Frank Martins, Mother, Marie Martins, Sister, Marguerite (Marvin) Roberts, Sister, Tiny (Art) Rodgers, Brother, Frank (Lillian) Martins, Brother, Louie (Katharine-Lois) Martins, Brother, Bud (Mercedes) Martins, Brother in Law, Pete Renebome, Daughter in Law, Gatha Phillips Martins, and Sister in Law, Kay Martins.

He is survived by Son, Kearney (Leslie) Martins, Daughter, Marguerite (Clifford) Happy, Granddaughter, Mandy (Jason) Misner, Grandsons, Sean Happy, Ryan (Erica) Happy, Great Granddaughter Ireland Misner, Brother, Allen Martins, Sister, Joyce Renebome and numerous nieces & nephews.

We would like to thank his caregivers Kikue Palacio, Malena Rosales, Mosiana (Jane) Kanongataa, Mari Cruz Bramblia, Delma Canids, Cynthia Bramblina, VNA Hospice and Lifeline.

Visitation will be 3:00p.m. to 7:00p.m. Tuesday, November 26, 2019 at Struve and Laporte Chapel, 41 W. San Luis Street, Salinas, CA. 93901.

Rosary will be 7:00p.m. Tuesday, November 26, 2019 at Struve and Laporte Chapel.

Chapel Blessing will be 10:00a.m. Wednesday, November 27, 2019 at Struve and Laporte Chapel.

Burial to follow at Queen of Heaven Cemetery, 18200 Damian Way, Salinas, CA. 93907.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to California Rodeo, Inc. P.O. Box 1648 Salinas, Ca 93902, Monterey County Sheriff’s Posse P.O. Box 1547 Salinas, Ca 93902 or Charity of your choice.




Struve and Laporte Chapel
41 W. San Luis Street
Salinas, California 93901
Tuesday, November 26, 2019
3:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Struve and Laporte Chapel
41 W. San Luis Street
Salinas, California 93901
Tuesday, November 26, 2019
7:00 PM
Chapel Blessing
Struve and Laporte Chapel
41 W. San Luis Street
Salinas, California 93901
Wednesday, November 27, 2019
10:00 AM
Queen of Heaven Cemetery
18200 Damian Way
Salinas, CA US 93907
Wednesday, November 27, 2019


California Rodeo
P.O.BOX 1648
Salinas, CA 93902
Monterey County Sheriff's Posse
P.O. Box 1547
Salinas, Califoria 93902
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