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Manuel Vasquez Martinez

March 25, 1939 — December 21, 2023

Copperas Cove

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Manuel Vasquez Martinez, a dedicated family man and military veteran, passed away peacefully on December 21, 2023, at his home in Copperas Cove, Texas. He was born on March 25, 1939, in San Antonio, Texas to Jesus Gomez Martinez and Maria Vasquez Martinez.

Manuel had an illustrious career that spanned many decades of service. After retiring from the Army, where he reached the rank of Master Sergeant for the 1st Calvary Division Unit, Manuel worked at the Gatesville Correctional facility for many years as a prison guard. His commitment and dedication to his duty were recognized with various achievement awards throughout his time in this role.

During his free time, Manuel found joy in spending quality moments with his family. He cherished being at home and engaging in various household projects that he loved to work on. Whether it was fixing something or making improvements around the house, Manuel's determination and expertise shone through.

Education played an important role in Manuel's life. He earned a high school degree along with some college education, which helped shape him into the knowledgeable individual he became.

Those who knew Manuel remember him as a kind-hearted soul who always had a welcoming nature. He loved to strike up conversations with others and had a treasure trove of fascinating stories to share. His ability to engage people made him beloved by many.

One of Manuel's greatest achievements was his military service during the Vietnam War. As a brave soldier serving in the United States Army, he displayed exceptional courage under fire. Manuel's bravery earned him the prestigious Bronze Star and two Purple Hearts for his acts of valor during combat. These esteemed decorations served as a testament to his selflessness and unwavering dedication to protecting his country.

Aside from his military service and career accomplishments, Manuel had a range of hobbies and interests that brought him pleasure throughout his life. He enjoyed listening to music while comfortably at home, running errands, and watching his beloved cowboy movies. Manuel would immerse himself in the captivating stories unfolding on the screen while occasionally finding moments to cat nap and recharge.

Manuel Vasquez Martinez is survived by his loving family, who will forever cherish the memories they created with him. He is survived by, sister Mary Martinez, brothers Joe Martinez and Robert Martinez, as well as daughters Dawn Muntz, Crystal Priemer, and Gabriela Martinez. He was preceded in death by his father Jesus Gomez Martinez and mother Maria Vasquez Martinez, wife Ingeborg Martinez, daughter, Heike King. Manuel's brothers, Thomas, Henry, Jesse, and George Martinez also preceded him in death.  

During his time on this earth, Manuel Vasquez Martinez left an indelible mark on the lives of those he encountered. His legacy will forever be remembered for his unwavering love for his family, his bravery in service to his country, and his kind-hearted nature that touched the lives of all who knew him. While he may no longer be with us physically, Manuel's spirit will continue to inspire and guide us as we navigate life without him.

May he rest in eternal peace.

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