Clara Martinez was born Clara Cano, on Oct 21, 1956 in Fabens,Texas. She graduated fromEastBakersfieldHigh Schoolin 1974 and attended California State University Fresno where she earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Recreation Administration in 1979. She completed her education with a Master’s Degree in Social Work in 1982.
After earning her Masters, she became employed at Carl Warren and Company, Claims management inBakersfieldCalifornia. Following relocation toGlendaleCalifornia she worked for Blair and Company as a Claims Manager.
On July 20, 1991 she married Rick Martinez. Together they welcomed the births of three children, Joelle 17, Jacob 15 and Phoebe 11. Embracing parenthood and having the desire to spend as much time with her children, she left a promising career to home school her children.
After 10 years of homeschooling, she took a part time position as a teacher’s aide atSt. GeorgePreschool in La Canada California. She had a love for the children---all children---her job atSt. GeorgePreschool was a joy to her heart. She and husband Rick also served on the AYSO board for youth soccer in their region for several years.
Clara valued her faith in God, her family, and her friends. Diagnosed with breast cancer 1 year ago she decided her fate was in God’s hands. Clara, wife, mother, sister, and friend will be dearly missed. Her work, faith and witness were an inspiration to all.
She is survived by her husband of 21 years as well as a daughter Joelle, son Jacob, and daughter Phoebe. Clara was the second oldest of 10 children in the Cano family and leaves many sisters and brothers as well as nieces and nephews behind.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to help with the cost of the funeral. If you would like to make a donation to support the family you can make a donation payable to MontroseChurchand drop it in the offering on Sunday or to make an online donation, simply go to: http://bit.ly/martinezfamily.
A Memorial Service in honor of Clara will be held at HRockChurchin Pasadena, Ca (Ambassador Auditorium) on Sunday, March 25 at 2:30pm. (HRock is located 131 S. St. John's Ave, Pasadena). Viewing is Saturday March 24th 10 am -1 PM at Crippen Mortuary in La Crescenta onHonolulu Ave, La Crescenta, Ca.