SJWA’s Pastor Jessie Passes – Services Upcoming

Pastor Jessie Martinez, Son in law of Tom Trakes, passes away September 25 from renal failure, diabetes, and congestive heart failure.  Many of we hunters at San Jacinto know Pastor Jessie, especially if you attended the Junior Waterfowl Hunt the last few years.  Pastor Jessie gave the invocation for the Junior Hunt lunch.  He also gave a dedication prayer in 2017 dedicating the waterfowl season to Brian Frazier, an SJWA regular, who was killed in the horrible Las Vegas mass shooting just weeks before. 

Another activity Jessie was always involved in was playing Santa Claus for the SJWA Bryant Park Preschool toy give away each year.  He’s the guy that gave out all the toys the San Jacinto hunters donated to the annual toy drive.  Jessie also played Santa at many Valley-Wide Recreation and Parks events.  Jessie thrilled thousands of children over the years portraying Santa Claus at both the Bryant Park Preschool event and several Valley-Wide events.

Jessie has been married to Tom’s daughter for 20 years. In 2013 they fostered a little boy Ayden and little Girl Riley for almost 3 years before the children were sent back to their dad. In 2016 the children came back into the system and went back to the Martinez’s.  In 2018 they were finally able to adopt them. Ayden is 11 and Riley is 9 years old.

Jessie worked for Valley-Wide Recreation and Parks for about 3 years. He was a part of Calvary Chapel of San Jacinto where he served as a youth leader and youth pastor for about 6 years.  He was ordained by Calvary Chapel of San Jacinto (which is now 412 church) in 2003.  He also started the Calvary Chapel of Duluth Minnesota and was there for 5 years. On his return to California, he started a small church at the Cross Fellowship and was the pastor there until his medical problems overtook him.  

Memorial services for Jessie will be held on Thursday, October 8th at 2 pm at 412 Church 1450 W 7th Street, San Jacinto.  All are welcome to attend.


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