Mr. Jimmie A. Martinez ("Coach"), 46, entered eternal rest on Wednesday, November 14, 2018 surrounded by his family at Doctors Hospital at Renaissance in Edinburg, Texas. Jimmie was born on June 1, 1972 in Kingsville, Texas to Jimmie G. Martinez and Marisela (Guerra) Martinez. He was a 1990 graduate of Rancocas Valley Regional High School in Mount Holly, New Jersey, where he was awarded a full soccer scholarship to Texas Lutheran College. Jimmie transferred to Pan American University his junior year where he earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology Sports Medicine.
After graduating, he began his career teaching math and coaching several sports to middle school children in Nixon-Smiley, Texas. He liked working with that age group because he wanted to be the first to introduce them to team sports. He would say that they were new to learning their football plays and were very "moldable." In 2007, Jimmie returned to the RGV to be closer to family. He earned his certification in Special Education and was hired at Sauceda Middle School, Donna, Texas, where he was a Co-teacher assisting special education children in all core subjects. He continued coaching basketball, football, and golf and took several of his teams to district wins. Jimmie was devoted to his work and more importantly his students. Their success was paramount.
On a personal level, Jimmie had a huge heart. As an example, during his college spring breaks and holidays, in lieu of funning and sunning on South Beach or Miami Beach, he would volunteer to help his dad by coaching and mentoring Mexican Migrant children at Centro Campesino, Florida's largest Mexican Labor Camp. More recently, he helped a family of one of his students fund raise money to cover unexpected funeral costs. He would come through to help anyone, anytime you asked him to, but he wasn't one to brag about his kindness to others.
Jimmie was a man of few words and enjoyed the simple pleasures. He loved a good movie, reading, grilling a great steak, the name Maxie (three dogs, all named Maxie I, II, and III), and especially spending time at the ranch. His best days were when his favorite teams (the 'Canes, Duke Blue Devils, Miami Heat and Dallas Cowboys) would win or spending an afternoon in Progreso with family and friends.
Jimmie never met a stranger. He had many friends and colleagues he kept in touch with over the years and was just fun to be around. He was very loyal and had an unmatched dedication to his family. He loved traveling, and he especially enjoyed visiting his brother Jaime and his twin nephews Lucas and Xavier in Miami every summer and attending the Orange Bowl every New Years Day. His favorite pastime was golfing anywhere and everywhere with his Dad.
Jimmie is preceded in death by his mother, Marisela (Guerra) Martinez, and his brother, Jaime Martinez. He is survived by his father, Jimmie G. Martinez, his sister Michelle M. Martinez, and his beloved dog Maxie III.