Refugio “Cuco” Martinez


Refugio “Cuco” Martinez, age 83, of Waco, TX, passed away peacefully on April 2, 2024, surrounded by his loving family. He was born on May 2, 1940, in La Union, New Mexico to Bonifacio “José” Martinez and Maria “Ramona” Martinez (Molina). He touched the lives of many with his resilience, quick wit, and unwavering determination.

A celebration of Refugio’s life will take place at 2:00 PM on Saturday, April 13, 2024, at Lake Shore Funeral Home. CLICK HERE to view the Live Stream of the service

He is survived by his beloved wife, Manuela; his children Sandra, Fernando (Donna), Diana (Scott), Toni, and Charles “Mark” (Erin); and his siblings Salvador “Chava” (Laura) and Miguel “Mike”. He also leaves behind 12 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren, who will continue to honor his legacy of love and compassion.

Throughout his life, Cuco epitomized devotion, demonstrating unwavering commitment to his family and loved ones. He was a devoted husband to Manuela Martinez, with whom he shared nearly 66 years of marriage filled with love and cherished memories. Together, they weathered life’s challenges and celebrated its joys, building a strong legacy of love and support for their family.

Although Cuco wasn’t a man of many words, there was never a question of how much he loved his family. He treasured every moment spent with them, whether fishing alongside his grandchildren or pitching in with household repairs. Nothing brought him greater joy than being surrounded by his loved ones.

May his soul rest in peace, comforted by the knowledge that he was deeply cherished.

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Condolence Messages

  1. Tino and Rose Villarreal

    Nellie, Sandra and family, we are sorry to hear about your loved one. Our prayers are with y’all. God bless

  2. Mrs. Martinez thinking of you and family. God Bless you all. So sorry to hear about Mr. Martinez. Love you Shelia (Joyce’s sister)

  3. Susie Martinez

    No words can describe the loss I feel for my uncle’s death. My heartfelt condolences go to the entire family. Uncle you are gone but will never be forgotten.

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