Breckenridge Texan

Valentin Salagado Martinez

Valentin Salagado Martinez
April 27
16:42 2023

Valentin Martinez, 72, of Breckenridge, passed away at his residence surrounded by his loved ones on Monday, April 24, 2023. His funeral Mass will begin at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, April 28, 2023, at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church, with Father Dias officiating. His interment at the Breckenridge Cemetery will immediately follow. A Rosary service will be held from 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 27, in the Chapel of Memories at Melton-Kitchens Funeral Home.

Valentin Salgado Martinez was born on February 14, 1951, in Santa Marie del oro Durango, Mexico, to Ana Salgado and Juan Francisco Martinez. He came to Texas when he was 17 years old and began working at Pulido’s restaurant. Then, at the age of 22, Valentin met Jessie; and they married four years later on January 26, 1976. Together they made many beautiful memories, and have four living children: Johnny, Angela, Michelle, and Anna. Valentin was a jack of all trades who loved entertaining and being surrounded by his family and friends. He never met a stranger, and he always had a way with his words.

He is survived by his wife, Jessie Martinez of Breckenridge; son, Johnny Fernandez (Kimberly) of West Monroe, Louisiana; daughter, Angela Cortez of Breckenridge, Texas; daughter, Michelle Martinez of Breckenridge; daughter, Anna Martinez (Joshua) of Graham, Texas; grandchildren, Kelsey Fernandez (Kody) of Vernon, Texas, Brittany Rosenburg (Andrew) of Newton Falls, Ohio, Caleb Fernandez of Olney, Texas, Jacob Cortez of Breckenridge, Corbin Cortez of Breckenridge, Jasiel Medina of Breckenridge, Ray Cortez (Heather) of Abilene, Texas, Xavier Ramirez of Graham, and Ella Ramirez of Graham; along with many great-grandchildren. Valentin is also survived by his loving dog, Dax. He was preceded in death by his father and mother, Juan Francisco Martinez and Ana Salgado; brother, Edward Martinez; daughter, Alicia Renee Martinez; baby girl Martinez; and son-in-law, Charles Cortez.

Memorial donations in Valentin’s name can be made to an organization or charity of the donor’s choice and can be left at Melton-Kitchens Funeral Home. Condolences can be made online at

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