LA BLANCA - Leonel “Ducky” Martinez Sr., 64, passed away on Thursday, July 28, 2016, at his home in La Blanca.

“I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.”

He is survived by his wife of 40 years, Maria Elida Martinez of La Blanca; daughter, Eneida (Fidencio) Mercado of La Blanca; son, Leonel (Kristy) Martinez Jr. of Edinburg; grandchildren, Kayne Marcel and Izrah Lee Martinez, Isabella Grace, Noah Israel and Ava-Marie Mercado; brother Margarito (Pilar) Martinez of Alamo; sisters, Yolanda (Hector) Luna of Edinburg, and Gloria (Benjamin) Bernal of La Blanca; mother-in-law, Ramona (+Guadalupe, Sr.) Gonzalez of Edinburg and numerous sisters and brothers-in-law of Edinburg. In addition, his extended family included cousins in the La Blanca, Dallas, area, nieces and nephews in Edinburg and his beloved late brother’s sons and daughter from Ohio.

He was honored to have been a Godparent to Eric Gonzalez, Jaime Ramirez Jr., Monica Vela, Yanira Islas and Kasey and Kayla Beltran.

Leonel had a day job working for Weyerhaeuser Paper Company for 32 years until his retirement in 2008 but his career was fishing. He loved attending car shows with his sons and grandsons and visiting with his brother and talking about cars and how to rebuild them. He especially enjoyed playing the slot machines and bingo at Miracle Mile in Pharr, TX with his wife Elida. When diagnosed with cancer in 2013, he never faltered. He fought long and hard! His desire was to make sure he made lasting memories with his family especially his grandchildren.

He is preceded in death by his beloved son, Israel “Shorty” Martinez; parents, Margarito, Sr. and Margarita Martinez  of La Blanca; and brother, Adalberto “Kiko” Martinez.

An organization he held close to his heart was the Make-A-Wish Foundation of McAllen.

The family wishes to thank Dr. Suresh Ratnam and staff from Texas Oncology of McAllen for their loving care and support these past three years and his nurse Michelle from Hospice Compassionate Care.

The Holy Rosary was held Friday, July 29, 2016 at Memorial Funeral Home, 208 E. Canton in Edinburg. Funeral service will take place at 10:00am, today, July 30, 2016 at St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church, 8310 Highland Ave. San Carlos, TX. Interment will follow at Hillcrest Memorial Park in Edinburg.

Pallbearers are Toby Herrera, Jaime Martinez, Eric Gonzalez, Javier Ramirez, Joaquin Lozano, Manuel Mercado, Leonel Martinez, Jr. Honorary Pallbearers are the Texas Oncology Nurses, Dora, Rosalinda, Amy, Kelly and Rosie.

Funeral services are under the direction of Memorial Funeral Home in Edinburg.