Phillip Martinez

Phillip Martinez

January 02, 1950 ~ March 14, 2020

Born in: Santa Ana, CA
Resided in: Dana Point, CA

Phillip Martinez, age 70, died on March 14, 2020 in Santa Ana, CA. He was born on January 2, 1950 in Santa Ana, CA.

Phill was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers. A loving husband, father, and brother he is survived by his spouse of 47 years Jo Ann, son Miles age 30, in addition to 11 brothers and sisters.

Phillip is an Army veteran of the Vietnam War serving overseas in 1971 as a field lineman where he earned several medals, including National Defense Service, Vietnam Campaign, and Vietnam Service. He was a member of American Legion Post 291. Phill worked for AT&T 40 years and retired from his position as an engineer in 2013.

As a young man he loved working on cars with his father John, who was a civilian mechanic at El Toro Marine Base. He enjoyed biking and walking along the coast in Southern California, golfing, traveling, and he was classic and exotic car enthusiast.  Phill spent countless hours in the garage crafting surfboard wind chimes for family and friends.

A mass will be held at the Mission Basilica San Juan Capistrano and interment will take place at Holy Sepulcher Cemetery in Orange, CA on dates to be announced.


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  1. Larry and Lorraine Morales March 19, 2020 at 10:27 am - Reply

    Our hearts broke on Saturday, March 14th, when we lost our dear friend, Phill. It remains our honor to have known and loved this wonderful person. We will miss our friend every day and we will always cherish our many memories spent with Phill and his family. We wrap our love around JoAnn and Miles as we all try to cope with this devastating loss. Rest in peace, dear Phill… we will love and miss you always.

  2. RAY MARTINEZ March 19, 2020 at 10:35 am - Reply

    A loving brother who is now at peace. God be with us til we meet again.


  3. Kristie Brechner March 19, 2020 at 10:47 am - Reply

    Uncle Phill, I want to just thank you for being such a wonderful part of our family. To know you is absolutely to love you. You always brought a smile to everyone’s face and your memories will continue to do so. Thank you for taking part in caring for all of us and loving us unconditionally. You truly are a wonderful Man who will be missed so greatly. I love you, Uncle Phill. May you shine down and comfort JoAnn & Miles and all of your family & Friends. Enjoy heaven in comfort.

    • JoAnn March 22, 2020 at 5:00 pm - Reply

      How could I forget the dirt bikes!
      Lovely tribute Kristie
      Oh yeah ShUt UP ha ha

  4. Sharon Hedgepeth March 19, 2020 at 11:03 am - Reply

    Rest in peace dear friend. We will miss you. Watch over us from above.


    Sharon & Myrick

  5. Josie March 19, 2020 at 12:40 pm - Reply

    You and your love ones will be in my thoughts and prayers forever. You will be greatly missed! Sending lots of Love!

  6. Chuy Rivera March 19, 2020 at 1:34 pm - Reply

    We are very saddened for the loss of our dear friend Phil, we have many fond memories that will live with us forever. you where a blessing in our lives and will be missed.
    Getting together for our weekly dinner gathering these past few years where rewarding, we shared many stories and got to know each other much better,. we shared many funny stories, jokes, personal secrets and
    some good grub. Better known as our therapy sessions!
    In your memory, we will continue to do a shout out at our weekly gathering with a “Shut Up”
    Until we meet again, rest in peace brother…..
    Love you & miss you from Chuy & Josie Rivera

  7. Ted Orosco March 19, 2020 at 3:14 pm - Reply

    So, how do you say good-bye to someone you’ve known for almost 50 years. Phil I don’t say good-bye I say see you later, you are a friend I grew up with and along with our our friends we’ve had a great life! Rest in God’s peace my good friend! Pat my wife and I say we will see you again.

    Your Friend forever,


    • Mona Spencer March 30, 2020 at 9:00 pm - Reply

      So sad to hear about Phil’s passing. Such a good man. Joanne, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. God bless, Mona Spencer

    • Mona Spencer March 30, 2020 at 9:04 pm - Reply

      So sad to hear about Phil’s passing. He was such a sweet man. Joanne, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. God bless. Mona Spencer

  8. Blake LeSueur March 19, 2020 at 11:11 pm - Reply

    I worked with Phill at Pacific Bell- SBC- AT&T for almost 30 years. Many of those years we worked right next to each other. Phill’s humor and upbeat personality made the tedious workdays easier to handle. Especially in long, boring meetings or training classes his mere presence and humor made the meetings bearable.
    I also had the pleasure to be a friend outside of the workplace. Fond memories of riding dirt bikes in the desert with our sons among other things. Upon hearing of his passing, my daughter told me of her fond memories of Phill teaching her how to ride a dirt bike.
    As much as I will miss Phill, I take comfort knowing that he is having a joyous reunion with his parents, siblings and other loved ones who had been waiting for him
    when he passed through the veil to the next life.
    Our family sends our love and prayers to JoAnn and Miles at this difficult time.
    God be with you until we meet again

  9. David Berthold March 22, 2020 at 9:32 am - Reply

    Phil was a great brother in law and friend. He and Joann were always so welcoming and generous to Nancy myself and our children. The kids absolutely adored and respected their Uncle Phill And we all loved his sense of humor! We will all miss him and we will remember him forever with wonderful memories. May he guide all of his family and friends from Heaven and especially watch over dear Joann and Miles and Nathan!

  10. AL &Lucille Prochoren March 23, 2020 at 5:55 am - Reply

    A person that departs from this earth never truly leaves, for they are still alive in our hearts and minds, through us, they live on. Please accept our condolences, Phill will not be forgotten. AL & Lucille Prochoren

  11. Mona Spencer March 30, 2020 at 9:07 pm - Reply

    So sorry to hear about Phil’s passing. He was such a sweet man. Joanne, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. God bless. Mona Spencer

  12. Mona Spencer March 30, 2020 at 9:12 pm - Reply

    So sorry to hear about Phil’s passing. He was such a sweet man. Joanne, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. God bless. Mona Spencer

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