Jose Armando Martinez Rodriguez
Dec 15, 1951 - Sep 28, 2015
Armando Rodriguez was born in Morelia Michoacan Mexico, on December 15th 1951; after his 2 older brothers Arturo and Javier, and before his younger brothers Sergio and Pepe. He is the son of Jose and Maria Rodriguez; he was raised in various parts of Mexico, including Sahuaripa Sonora, before the entire family immigrated to Sacramento California in 1966. He lived in Sacramento and the United States for 48 years, traveling often while in the military and as a young adult.
He had a passion for life, especially soccer and was talented at playing goalkeeper since a young age. His affinity to dress well, dance well, and to never back down from a fight earned him many friends.
He enlisted in the Army after High School, and competed training as an Airborne Ranger and a Green Beret. He was a Vietnam veteran, having served in the Special Forces, his MOS was combat engineer. He also represented his Company in organized boxing matches and was a decorated solider, with the National Defense Service Medal, Parachute Badge, and Sharpshooter Badge M-16.
Armando married his soul mate Yolanda on May 19, 1979 and raised their children Jae, Mondo and Olivia. He had a long career in the retail grocery business, as a clerk in the Lucky franchise, until repetitive motion syndrome caused him to retire early. Armando loved music, and attended many concerts and music festivals. Some of his favorites were the Allman Brothers, Grateful Dead, Pink Floyd, Santana, Los Lobos, The Doors, Mana, and countless others.
He was deeply devoted to his granddaughter Janez; he took much delight in teaching her and watching her play soccer. He never missed one of her games. Almost miraculously, Armando was able to witness with great pride, his granddaughter Janez follow in his footsteps and join the Air Force-barely days before his body succumbed to the ravages of cancer.
He was loved dearly by all that new him; a unique person, genuine friend, loving son and brother, and caring cousin and Tio. Armando loved his family very much and was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, son-in-law, brother-in-law, and godfather. He will be missed tremendously, and cherished always in the hearts and memories of all that knew him.
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