Alice, Texas - Benjamin Martinez Sr. 77, passed away April 25, 2011 in a Corpus Christi hospital. He was a certified contracted oilfield welder and a professional at numerous other trades. He was also an Army veteran, and preceded in death by  his parents, Pablo and Olivia Martinez; one brother, Juan " Pole" Rangel; and step-father, Crisanto Gonzalez.

He is survived by his wife, Elda Martinez of Alice, Texas; two sons, Benjamin (Vivian) Martinez of Laredo, Texas, and Saul (Diana) Martinez of Alice, Texas; one daughter, Selina (David) Godines of Alice, Texas; two sisters, LaLa Gonzalez of Alice, Texas, and Irma Rangel of Irving, Texas, eight grandchildren, three great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be held from 5 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, April 27, 2011 at Mauro P. Garcia Funeral Home of Alice with a Prayer Service at 6 p.m. that evening. Services will conclude after the Prayer Services.

Cremation will follow and a Memorial service will be announced at a later date.

Pastor Ricky Martinez, Jr. will officiate the services.

Condolences for the family may be left on our website www.mauropgarcia.com.

Mauro P. Garcia Funeral Homes, Inc entrusted with the arrangements.