Molbay Martinez Sr


Funeral services for 73-year old Molbay Martinez Sr are  Sat, June 24, 2023 at 1:00 at the Old Martinez Ranch Home on American Horse Creek Road near Kyle, SD, with John Bush officiating and traditional Lakota services by John Red Feather and Quincy Red Feather

Burial is at the Martinez Ranch Cemetery on American Horse Creek near Kyle

A two-night wake service starts at 1:00 PM, Thurs, June 22, at 1:00 at the Old Martinez Ranch Home with prayer services at 7:00 each night

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Molbay Adolph Martinez Sr “Hota Mato” (Gray Bear) was born on April 4, 1950 in Hot Springs, SD to Walter and Edith (Clifford) Martinez. Molbay made his journey to the Spirit World on May 23, 2023 at the Monument Health Hospital in Rapid City, SD.

Molbay grew up on American Horse Creek on his family’s Ranch. With his mother and father and his late brothers and many cousins.

He met his wife Mary in 1965 and got married on May 10th of 1967. Together in their marriage, they had 13 children. Mary and the children were his life. 

One thing he would tell his kids was, โ€œLive today like it’s your last, be humble, and keep in touch with a higher power, love you kid.โ€

Molbay was a great entrepreneur. He taught his children how to live off the land. He was also a farmer, rancher and All-Around Cowboy. 

Molbay worked many many jobs – from truck driving, construction work, labor work, but he loved recycling and working with Prairie Berry Winery. 

He always tried to help the community. In his younger years, he liked to ride horses, work cattle, and drive his race car but his love was being with his family, his wife, children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.

He will be missed by many.

Molbay is survived by his wife Mary (Red Feather) Martinez; children Molbay Martinez Jr, Danette Martinez, Melissa Martinez, Loretta (David) Martinez-Morales, Julia (Edgar) Martinez-Perea, Sharon Martinez, Ellen (Charles) Martinez-Kieffe, Walter (Annette) Martinez, Flint (Kathy) Martinez, Antoine โ€œTonyโ€ (Jessica) Martinez, Marilu Martinez; Hunka daughter Angel Figuroa; grandchildren Molbay lll, Jonny, Tyler, Phillip, Kallen Lee, Eric, Dakota, Angelina, Kendra, Kim, Celena, Daso, Keith, Johnny, Ethan, Maurice, Marquis, Andre, Bennett, Eddie, Maria, David Jr, Emily, Louis, Edgar Jr, Jaysean, Jesse, James, Mesu, Chanel, Santana, Antwain, Savannah, Chimiqua, Reymond, Laraye, Marty, Patrick, Charles Jr, Walter Jr (Pepper), Rayna, Marykate, Edith, Wyatt, Daniel, Lainey, Ayiana, Jesslyn, Alexandra (Ally), Hailey, and Manuel; and 26 great-grandchildren.

Molbay was preceded in death by his parents Walter and Edith (Clifford) Martinez; brothers Walter Martinez Jr, and Daniel Martinez; daughter Mary Louise Martinez; son Daniel Thomas Martinez; granddaughters Margo Rain Martinez, Angel Rose Quick Bear and Raelee Dawn Martinez; and grandsons Isaiah Quick Bear. Thomas Danny Mesteth-Martinez and Sidney John Mesteth-Martinez.

Pallbearers will be Adam Clifford, Justin Brewer, Seth Martinez, Conan Janis, Edgar Perea Sr, David Morales Sr, Andrew Martinez, Don Clifford, Matthew Watkins, Rocky Dean Bissonnette, LDee Hernandez, Jeremy PicketPin, and Jesse Lamont.

Honorary Pallbearers will be Austin Watkins & Family, Daisy Martinez & Family, Sybil Hernandez & Family, John Bush & Family, Susie Justus & Family, Leonard Martinez & Family, Dennis Martinez & Family, Jaime Clifford, Walter Hernandez & Family, Floyd Hernandez & Family, Butch Divan & Family, Veron Moody & Family, Mike Chalupa & Family, Norma Ceron & Family, Loretta Red Feather & Family, Lula Walking & Family, Thelma Red Feather & Family, George Red Feather, John Red Feather, Philip Red Feather & Family, Vienna Red Feather & Family, Karen Weasel Bear & Family, Sonny PicketPin & Family, Ryan Jumping Eagle, Mason Big Crow, Pat Heathershaw, Dr David Rivera, Kyle Clifford, Mark Rillings, Pete Bissonette, Franklin Ford, Norman โ€œSnazโ€ Hernandez, Taylor White Dress, Tanya & Freda Martinez, Stephanie Two Crow, Joann Rooks, Clifford Families, Hunter Families, Ferguson Families, Rapid City Fire Department and Paramedics, Monument Health Emergency Room Department, Prairie Berry Winery-Matt, Sandy and Terry Clements, and All Friends & Relatives.

Arrangements entrusted with Sioux Funeral Home of Pine Ridge, SD