John Philip Martsh, 77, Beloved Husband, Father, Grandfather, Brother, Uncle, Cousin and Friend passed away at his home surrounded by his loving family in prayer November 12th, 2021.
John was preceded in death by his parents John Martsh and Maria Elvira Martinez, and brother James Martsh.
He is survived by his loving wife and best friend, Carmen of 54 years, Son John Martsh and wife Iara, Daughter Therese Martinez and husband Ricardo, Daughter Natalie Buriel and husband Juan, Grandchildren Ives Morino, Aracely and Alana Martinez, and Isabel Buriel. Sisters Shirley Devargas and Barbara Fresquez (Paul), Sister-In-Law Rosella, Sister-In Law Ramona and many Cousins, Nieces, Nephews and Friends.
John was raised in Espanola. He was a proud alumnus of Espanola High School and of the University of New Mexico. He enjoyed a 30 year career with the Federal Government which enabled him to travel to different states and overseas. After retiring from the Federal Government, he became the Director of Security at Lovelace Medical Center in Albuquerque, NM where he worked for 6 years before final retirement.
John had a passion for life, which could be seen when he was engaged in some of his favorite activities such as reading, cooking, fishing, hunting and gardening. He had a deep devotion to the Holy Eucharist and to the Blessed Mother. He served in many church groups, among which included being a Eucharistic Homebound Minister, praying the Rosary, and volunteering time at the local food bank.
John will be remembered by his family and friends as a leader and inspiration. He was an example of how to live a life of faith devoted to our Lord who he expressed a great yearning to be with during his last days on earth.
The Rosary, followed by Eulogies, will be held on Wednesday, December 1st, 4-6PM at French Funerals and Cremations at 10500 Lomas Blvd. NE Albuquerque. Mass will be celebrated on Thursday, December 2nd, 10AM at the Shrine of St. Bernadette at 11509 Indian School Rd NE, Albuquerque. Interment will follow the mass at Gate of Heaven Cemetery at 7999 Wyoming Blvd NE, Albuquerque.