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Raul Martinez Rodriguez

Raul Martinez Rodriguez, (Papa Raul) died at age 78, Friday, July 10, 2009 in Reno, Nev.

Rodriguez was born March 21, 1931 in El Zapote, Michoacan, the son of Sara Rodriguez and Antonio Martinez and one of nine children. He lived in Truckee, Calif.

Rodriguez was a loving father, grandfather and great grandfather. He is survived by his wonderful wife of 59 years, 11 children, 36 grandchildren, 18 greatand#8211;grandchildren and magnificent extended family.

Raul Martinez lived a life filled with an abundant amount of love, happiness, joy and family. He had a huge smile that lit up a room and a booming voice that could clear one. Papa Rauland#8217;s conversations would make you smile and his jokes would make you laugh. His passion for nature inspired creativity in the garden, which will last forever. The legacy and leadership of Papa Raul will live on through present and future Martinez family generations.

The service will be held Wednesday, July 15, 2009 at 10 a.m., Assumption Catholic Church, Truckee, Calif.

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