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Henry Martinus

Posted: Thursday, Jan 17th, 2013

Henry Martinus was born June 24, 1936, and passed away January 5, 2013.

His deceased parents were Jan Henry and May Martinus of Lockwood. His siblings, in order of birth, were Berta, Phillip (deceased), Paul and Mary Nicholene Martinus.

Henry graduated from the San Antonio Union Grammar School and then King City High School in 1954. He then joined the Navy with his good friend Ellis Roth. After being discharged from the Navy, he enrolled at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, to study agricultural engineering. Two years later, he married the pretty and talented Sally Thwaits from King City. The young couple made their homes in Lockwood and Cayucos, working and going to school. During this time two sons were born, Jan and Tom Martinus.

With his diploma in hand, it was time to begin a serious career as a rancher in Lockwood. He worked hard for the Pacific Valley Cattle Company that was created by his father (Jan), Chet Behen and Irvin Bray. This was the life he loved best.

Henry and Sally built a home in Lockwood and they had another son, Eric Martinus. Henry then added a trucking business to his workload.

The oldest son, Jan and Annette (Grigory, San Ardo), have three sons: Henry (deceased), Jace and Travis. Son, Tom and Maryann (Bassetti, Greenfield), have twin sons: Sam and Luc. The youngest son, Eric and Tricia (Acosta, King City), have two boys: Jonah and Jan Thomas. Henry could not speak of his sons and grandsons without getting teary, all meaning so much to him.

We want you to know, Henry, how much we loved you back; children and grandchildren, siblings and in-laws, cousins, nieces and nephews, and many special friends.

A graveside inurnment will take place at 11 a.m. Saturday, Janaury 19, at the Paulsen Cemetery, Lockwood. A celebration of Henry’s life will follow at the Lockwood Community Center at 1 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, the family wishes donations to the local Hospice, VNA King City Branch or the American Heart Association. Arrangements entrusted to Eddington Funeral Services, 333 East San Antonio Dr., King City, 385-5400, www.efscares.com.

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