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Andrew Andio Martinez

Ignacio resident Andrew Andio Martinez died of cancer Friday, March 15, 2013, at his home. He was 53.

Known as Andy, he was born to Reuben and Ophelia Martinez on May 14, 1959, in Oxford. He was one of 10 children.

He grew up in Ignacio and attended schools there.

In 1980, he met Tina Martinez. The couple married in 1999 in Durango.

Mr. Martinez worked in and around Ignacio, fighting forest fires and performing wildfire mitigation. His family said he especially enjoyed that work.

He enjoyed fishing, picnics and camping with family and friends.

Mr. Martinez is survived by his wife and companion of more than 30 years, Tina Martinez of Ignacio; children Lenora Martinez and Leroy Martinez, both of Ignacio; siblings Marie Driskell of Oklahoma City and Veronica Garcia and Dominic Martinez, both of Virginia and Minnesota; and seven grandchildren.

A rosary will be recited at 6 p.m. today, March 19, 2013, at Hood Mortuary Chapel, 1261 East Third Ave., in Durango. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Wednesday, March 20, 2013, at St. Ignatius Catholic Church, 15449 Colorado Highway 172 in Ignacio. The Rev. Douglas Hunt will be the celebrant. Burial will occur at Ignacio West Cemetery in Ignacio.