Daniel A. Martinez, lovingly known as Dan or Papi, considered himself to be the luckiest man to have his family. He was considered to be the luckiest man because he always got “free parking” every time he played monopoly and always scored the best parking spot no matter how crowded a place was. At age 58, Dan suddenly passed away on Saturday, February 5, in Kansas City, Missouri. He is survived by his beautiful wife, Monica Martinez, and a full family: daughter, Patricia Martinez and her fiancé Steven Cook; daughter Samantha Lester and son-in- law Matthew (parents to three of Dan’s handsome grandsons: Augustus, Wyatt, and Brady); daughter Sarah Steele and son-in- law Alexander (parents to Dan’s fourth handsome grandson, Emerson); and son Daniel J. Martinez.
Dan was born June 9, 1963 in Pueblo, Colorado to Delfin and Julia Martinez who passed in 2020. Dan has an older brother Thomas, and five older sisters: Angela, Gerry, Anna, Delfie, and, an angel in heaven, Grace. Dan’s family would say he was the glue that held them together and growing up he built a very close relationships with his friends, family, and extended family. Dan in his younger days was a wild child with a wild spirit. As a kid, he loved the Broncos, rock music, art, and good food. He carried those loves throughout his life. He was a dedicated Broncos fan and supported them- win or lose, as long as he had a beer in hand. When Dan grew up, he met the love of his life and married Monica and together they raised four beautiful children. Dan always talked about how much he loved his family and how proud he was of his children’s accomplishments. He was especially proud of his four grandsons and just like him, as a kid, wild at heart. He was an avid golfer and played in the neighborhood golf league. He lived on the golf course and would stop by the house after hole 7 and grab a cold one- against course rules. He lived an outstanding life full of love, laughter, and luck. He made everyone’s life better and he will be sorely missed.
Services for Daniel will be in the care of Longview Funeral Home & Cemetery. Visitation will be Wednesday February 9, 2022, from 6-8pm at the Funeral Home- 12700 SE Raytown Road, Kansas City Missouri, 64149. With Mass of Christian Burial Thursday, February 10, 2022 at 10:30am at Our Lady of Presentation- 130 NW Murray Road, Lee's Summit Missouri, 64081. Interment will be at Longview Cemetery following Mass.
Memorial contributions may be made to Our Lady of the Presentation Church or Holy Family Catholic Church in Pueblo, Colorado.