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|FRANK A. MARTINEZ|
|Written by San Fernando Valley Sun|
|Friday, 30 August 2013 06:34|
1924 – 2013
Born in Los Angeles on August 9, 1924, Frank Martinez married Esther Silva Martinez on April 11, 1946 after serving as an Army medic in the "D-Day" invasion of Normandy beach, the liberation of Paris, the Battle of the Bulge and the taking of Berlin that ended World War II in Europe. He died on August 17, 2013 at Northridge Hospital Medical Center.
Frank attended Borough Polytechnic Arts Institute in London, Chouinard Institute (now CalArts) in Los Angeles and the Otis Art Institute.
Frank worked as a designer for Lavery & Company, a lighting manufacturer, located in Van Nuys for 30 years.
His passion was painting and his works are included in several private, corporate and public collections, including the Smithsonian Institute, the University of Southern California, and the Southern California Gas Co.
A prolific muralist, Frank was commissioned by the Smithsonian to participate in the creation of a mural for the Bi-centennial celebration in Washington D.C. Frank also created and painted the mural for the 1984 Olympics at East Los Angeles Community College (field hockey site). He executed a three-story mural at Telacu corporate headquarters in East Los Angeles and a 140 square foot mural at the Sky Harbor Airport in Phoenix, AZ.
Frank's final commission hangs in the south ambulatory of the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels in Los Angeles. Frank is survived by Esther Martinez, his wife of 67 years, two sons (Joe and Frank) and a daughter (Sylvia Alvarado). Two sons, Ricardo and Alfredo, predeceased him.
A mass will be said in the St. Vibiana Chapel of the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angeles on Friday, August 30th at 9:30 AM. A private internment with full military honors will be held at the Riverside National Cemetery.
|Last Updated on Friday, 30 August 2013 06:40|