Eric is survived by his wife, Susan Jean Martinez, and seven children: Eric Russell Martinez, Jr., Venus Martinez Wilson, Carol Ballesteros, Cheryl Lauw, Rene Bohn, Lindy Martinez, and Jeffrey Martinez. He also leaves behind 17 grandchildren, 7 great-grandchildren, two brothers, four sisters, and his mother, Minnea Trujillo.
Eric and Susan shared 49 wonderful years together.
Eric served 3 tours of duty during the Vietnam War as a United States Marine—having served during the fall of Saigon. He later graduated from Metropolitan State College with a Bachelor of Arts in Speech Communications and a minor in Business Administration, which led to working for various television studios in Denver. He eventually retired and became an avid golfer with the Senior Swingers at the Riverdale Golf Course in Brighton, CO.
Eric lived a full and memorable life and was very much loved.