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Author Topic: Leroy J. Martinez, 74, USA, Vietnam, Highland-Loma Linda, 09 April 2021  (Read 440 times)

Gil Zaragoza

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The family of Leroy J. Martinez has invited the Patriot Guard Riders (PGR) to attend the Military Honors of their loved one as he makes his final journey. It will be our honor to do so.

Leroy was born in Amarillo, Texas on 05 January 1947 and entered into Eternal Rest on 01 February 2021 in San Bernardino.

Leroy proudly served in the U.S. Army from 1966 to 1968 during Vietnam. His father served in WWII and Leroy felt it was his turn to serve his country.  His awards/citations included the National Defense Service Medal. Leroy was honorably discharged as an E-4.

Leroy graduated from Caprock High School in Amarillo. He received his B.A. in 1974 from the University of New Mexico and his M.A. in Education in 1976 from Harvard University, Cambridge. Continuing his education he worked on his Ph.D. at Boston University.

Leroy went on to serve thirty-three years in the California Educational System and became a pillar in the local communities.

Leroy was an enthusiastic guitar player from a very young age playing with The Blue Velvets in Amarillo. He ended his guitar-playing career, playing for the choir at St. John Bosco Mission, Highland.

His hobbies included Art, Music, Opera, Writing, Reading, Dancing, and devoting time to his family and multitude of friends

Leroy is survived by his wife Irene, two daughters, one son, and one stepson. He also leaves behind five brothers, four sisters, seven grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.

NOTE: This mission posting is to facilitate your voluntary participation in honoring this Military Veteran. For those interested, and all PGR members are welcome, we will be accompanying the hero and his family from the family residence to his final resting place. Please see the timetable if you would like to participate. For those who would rather go directly to the cemetery, we will meet you there.

If you cannot accompany this Hero please consider meeting us at the entrance of the Cemetery with a flag line as the hero arrives.

NOTE: Please observe the latest “COVID-19” restrictions.

Time Table for Friday 09 April 2021

1100 – Stage at Walgreens, 27951 Base Line St., Highland   

1130 – Mission Briefing

1145 – KSU to Family Residence

1200 – Flag line as our Hero is moved to the family vehicle.

1215 – KSU to Montecito Memorial Park Cemetery, 3520 Washington St., Loma Linda

1300 – KSU to the assigned gravesite for Flag line, Service, and Military Honors

Mike “Joker” Courtright
So Cal PGR Ride Captain

You do not have to be a Veteran or a motorcycle rider to attend this mission. All PGR members are welcome. We encourage those who do not ride to attend in your car. If this will be your first mission go to the initial staging area and you will be briefed there by the R/C (Ride Captain). Dress for motorcycle riding or dress casually if you are driving a cage (car). Please feel free to attend any portion of this mission you can. Please ride/drive safely.

Please remember that our mission is to stand tall and silent, and with honor and respect for our Heroes. No talking, smoking, or cell phone use during the flag line or service. Please keep radios off and engine noise to a minimum. Remember, cemeteries are hallowed ground. Show respect to all who are there, not just the ones we are honoring.
Gil Zaragoza
SoCal PGR Mission Ops
SoCal PGR Ride Captain