Gilbert “Butch” Jesse Martinez, Jr, 73, of Blue Springs, MO peacefully passed away at home on Friday, December 9, 2022 surrounded by his wife of 54 years Phyllis; his sons, Stephen and Jeremy; his daughter, Anita; his grandchildren, Alixandria, soon to be grandson Josh, Devyn and his BFF Tailor. We can’t forget his best buddy Bandit.
Butch retired from Bridgestone/Firestone after 34 years of service. He was the biggest KU basketball fan around and NEVER missed the opportunity to watch a Kansas City Chiefs game with his family. Butch adored his wife was so proud of his children and grandchildren. A few of the last words he spoke were “Familia Prima” (Family First).
His family will receive family and friends from 3:00 – 5:00 p.m. Wednesday, December 14, 2022 at Meyers Funeral Chapel, 1600 W. Main St, Blue Springs, MO. Memorial service will begin at 5:00 p.m. at the chapel. In lieu of flowers the family is requesting donations be made to https://kansascityzoo.org/form/memorial-gift as Gilbert has an adopted Penguin friend at the Kansas City Zoo named after him. The family has asked that you wear bright colors in Celebration of his life. Following the service Butch‘s family will take his cremains to his favorite place Puerto Vallarta, Mexico per his wishes. Memories of Butch and words of comfort for his family may be shared at meyersfuneralchapel.com.
He was preceded in death by his brothers, Joe, Bobby and Richard. Survivors include his son, Jeff, and grandchildren Lauren and Cole.