SALT LAKE CITY—Arthur Lee Martines, 73, died May 2, 2014 with his family by his side in Salt Lake City.
He was born July 8, 1940 in Del Norte to Agnes (Martinez) and John M. Martines, the youngest of five children.
Art was raised in Colorado and Utah. He graduated from Norte Dame in Prince, Utah. He attended CEU, where he played football. He then attended college at the University of Utah, graduating from Utah State University and later completed his Master in Education Administration at Brigham Young University.
He met his wife, Joyce Barnes, while attending the U of U. Together they raised three children in Price, Utah. Later they moved to Evanston, Wyo. They were approaching their 50th anniversary this year.
Art’s passion for politics started with his election to the Carbon County School Board in Utah where he served for 12 years. This was followed by serving two terms as mayor of Price. His interest and participation in politics continued and later including working with Utah Congressman Merrill Cook. Art was also and elementary school teacher in Price, Utah and Evanston, Wyo.
Art had a passion for all sports. He was active in basketball, football, baseball, golf and bowling over the years and also enjoyed coaching little league baseball. His knowledge of sports was encyclopedic, which he often shared with those around him. He remained a fan of U of U athletics, and in his later years he enjoyed attending all of the U of U football games.
Art loved people and took pride and delight in friendships and community activities. He was a member of several organizations, including the Elks and the Masons.
Art is survived by his children Art Jr., Anthony (Heather), Morganne, Mckenzie, Miranda, Saylor and Carson; brother Rudy (Lydia), and sister Josie (Ted) Lujan.
He was preceded in death by his sister and brother in law, Julia and Joe Santisteven, brother in law Ted Lujan and brothers John and Benny.
A visitation was held May 6 in Evanston, Wyo.
Arrangements were entrusted to Mitchell Funeral Home of Price, Utah where friends can share memories of Art at www.mitchellfuneralhome.net.