Todd David Martinez, age 49, passed away on Sunday February 2, 2014 in Summerfield. Todd was born November 3, 1964 to Loretta Martinez in Clark County Nevada and grew up in Oakland and Hayward California. As a young man, he served proudly in the US Coast Guard and the United States Naval Reserves. Todd worked as a fireman and paramedic in Alameda County, California before moving to High Point, NC with his first wife Kelli. Todd started working at the High Point Fire Department as a Firefighter in 1997 and was also a part-time Paramedic with the Guilford County Emergency Services. He served as president of the International Firefighters Association Local 673 Post.
Todd lived his life with passion and enthusiasm for absolutely everything. He was extremely dedicated to his profession and performed his duties with diligence, compassion, and empathy. Because of his devotion and commitment, Todd will have a lasting impact on so many lives. He was a humble man who never wanted or expected anything in return for his gracious behavior and commitment to society.
Todd lived life to the fullest and had strongly held views on just about every subject. He was an ardent supporter of the Republican Party yet was also a strong advocate for organized labor and was head of a local Labor Union. Todd was a devout Catholic and his faith guided his life. He had a strong presence and influence as a faithful member of the Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church in High Point. He fervently believed in the importance of family and has helped build the next generation of society by instilling faith, confidence, and perseverance in his children.
Todd was an amazing joker and enjoyed nothing more than making others laugh. He loved anything and everything to do with model trains, cycling, scuba/snorkeling, and hunting-shooting sports. He was well known in the neighborhood for his Halloween bonfire, a surprising activity for a fireman but at least we could be confident that the neighbors were not in danger!
Todd is now with his Heavenly Father. He leaves behind a host of dedicated friends as well as brothers in firefighting and extended families on the East and West coasts. His passing leaves a void that cannot be filled. He will be sorely missed by his mother Loretta, his devoted children, Bryce, Ryan, Mitchell, and Rachel, and his loving wife Melanie.
“You will be missed, ‘my love.’” – Melanie
Family will receive friends from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursday February 6, 2014, at Cumby Family Funeral Service in High Point. A Mass of the Resurrection will be held at 11 a.m. Friday February 7, 2014, at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church in High Point with Reverend Vincent E. Smith, OSFS as celebrant.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made in Todd’s name to VIP for a VIP 2406 Farm Gate Road Brown Summit, NC 27214.