Henry “Hank” Martinez Jr.
Henry “Hank” Martinez Jr. was born in Westwood, California to Enrique “Henry” and Maurilia Preciado Martinez on June 30, 1931. He grew up in Westwood attending local schools. He worked in the lumber mill while attending Lassen College and Chico State University, where he earned a degree in general secondary education.
Hank taught school in Oakland for two years before returning to Lassen County where he worked for the U.S. Forest Service as an engineering technician for 35 years. During that time, he served on the Susanville Elementary School Board for several terms. After his retirement from the Lassen National Forest he taught engineering and architecture classes at Lassen Community College.
His passions were photography, trapshooting, World War II history and flying. He was a licensed pilot flying his beloved “Betsy.” Hank also loved telling stories about growing up in Westwood to anyone who would listen.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Joe; and sister, Carmen. He is survived by his wife, of 56 years, Ginger; and by his sons, Tony and Shawn; his daughter-in-law, Chelsea; and two beautiful granddaughters, Kirby Quinn and Baylee Brynn.