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Henry ‘Hank’ Martinez Jr. – January 1, 2019

Friday, January 11th, 2019

Henry ‘Hank’ Martinez Jr.

Henry “Hank” Martinez Jr. was born in Westwood CA to Enrique ‘Henry’ and Maurilia Preciado Martinez on June 30, 1931. He grew up in Westwood attending local schools.
He worked in the lumber mill while attending Lassen College and Chico State University where he earned a degree in General Secondary Education.

Hank taught school in Oakland for two years before returning to Lassen County where he worked for the U.S. Forest Service as an Engineering Technician for thirty-five years. During that time he served on the Susanville Elementary School Board for several terms. After his retirement from the Lassen National Forest, he taught engineering and architecture classes at Lassen Community College.

His passions were photography, trap shooting, World War II history and flying. He was a licensed pilot flying his beloved ‘Betsy’. Hank also loved telling stories about growing up in Westwood to anyone who would listen.

He was preceded in death by his parents, brother Joe and sister Carmen. He is survived by his wife of 56 years Ginger and by his sons Tony and Shawn, his daughter in law Chelsea and two beautiful granddaughters Kirby Quinn and Baylee Brynn. At his request, there will be no services.


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8 Responses to Henry ‘Hank’ Martinez Jr. – January 1, 2019

  1. Jeanette Kindle

    Jeanette Kindle

    Saturday, January 12th, 2019 at 7:09 pm

    Ginger, so sorry to hear of Hank’s passing. Hank was my boss for my first real job, working after school for the Engineering department USFS on Nevada St. He always made me laugh. Hugs and prayers for comfort 😢

  2. Mary Loflin

    Mary Loflin

    Saturday, January 12th, 2019 at 6:45 pm

    My first Engineering boss and one of our longest club members 30 years. Just visited with him a few days before he passes away. Such an accomplished man who will be greatly missed.

  3. Dana Hirsche

    Dana Hirsche

    Saturday, January 12th, 2019 at 6:25 am

    Oh my, I’m so very sorry to hear of your loss. I’m sending hugs your way.

  4. Theresa Kemp Nagel

    Theresa Kemp Nagel

    Saturday, January 12th, 2019 at 1:21 am

    So very, very sorry for your loss Ginger.

  5. Norma Garavaglia

    Norma Garavaglia

    Friday, January 11th, 2019 at 3:53 pm


  6. Kathy Gardner Spitsen

    Kathy Gardner Spitsen

    Friday, January 11th, 2019 at 3:39 pm

    So sorry for your loss. He was a wonderful man and a great educator. He will be missed.

  7. Verna Houghton Osborn

    Verna Houghton Osborn

    Friday, January 11th, 2019 at 2:34 pm

    Oh my. So sorry for your lost. Will miss Hank. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  8. Sandra Jonas

    Sandra Jonas

    Friday, January 11th, 2019 at 1:50 pm

    Hank will be missed. So sorry for your loss Ginger!

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