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David J. Martinez

Published: Thursday, Nov. 1, 2012 1:15 a.m. CST

STERLING – David J. Martinez, 69, of Sterling, died Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2012, at Alden Park Strathmoor in Rockford. He was a crane operator for Northwestern Steel and Wire Co. for many years.

David was born Sept. 13, 1943, in Pena, Durango, Mexico, the son of Jose and Manuela (Gomez) Martinez. He married Ilda Sotelo on Feb. 14, 1969, in Sterling.   

Survivors include his wife; one daughter, Esther Martinez of Sterling; one son, David J. Martinez Jr. of Rock Falls; one sister, Angelina Cardenas of Torreon, Coahuila, Mexico; four brothers, Erasmo (Belen) Martinez of North Carolina, and Esiquel (Paulina) Martinez, Rudolfo (Beatrise) Martinez and Antonio Martinez, all of Austin, Texas; one grandchild; and one great-grandchild.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Schilling Funeral Home in Sterling. The graveside service will be at 10 a.m. Friday at Riverside Cemetery in Sterling. 

A memorial has been established.  

Visit www.schillingfuneralhome.com to send condolences.

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