Benito Hernandez Martinez, 80, of Corpus Christi died Dec. 20, 2007.

Benito was born March 22, 1927 in Lynch, Ken., to Canuto and Martina Martinez. Martinez served in World War II in the U.S. Navy as a Seaman Second Class. He managed the McGee Service Station in Robstown for over 30 years and retired from the Padre Island National Seashore in 1988.

He was preceded in death by his children, Joel Arnold Martinez, Anna Marie Martinez, Hector Daniel Martinez and Benito Martinez Jr.

He is survived by his wife, Elida Martinez; his children, Jose Albert and Letecia Martinez, Diana and Juan Garza, Esther Martinez, Roxanne and Dale Mathis, Ralph and Claudia Martinez, Mark and Cathleen Martinez, Tricia and John Majek, Benito Martinez, Lupe Martinez, Andres and Olga Martinez, Martina Luera, Angelita Martinez, Esmeralda and Ismael Reyes; 28 grandchildren and 31 great grandchildren. Visitation was on Saturday, Dec. 22, and Sunday, Dec. 23, in the Sawyer-George Funeral Home with a prayer and song service beginning at 7 p.m. Funeral services were held on Monday, Dec. 24, at 10 a.m. in the Sawyer-George Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Rod Young and Pastor Salvador De La Rosa officiating. Interment followed in Robstown Memorial Park.

Sawyer-George Funeral Home