Local labor leader and civil rights activist Jaime Martinez has died after a lengthy battle with cancer.
He passed away this weekend at the age of 70 as members of his family were reading Psalm 23 to him.
Martinez was best known as founder of the Cesar E. Chavez Legacy and Education Foundation, which coordinates the annual Cesar Chavez march in San Antonio honoring the man who fought for the rights of Farm Workers.
“Jaime will be missed, but his vision of dignity for all will continue to be a light that guides our path, and it will be led by the generations of advocates that he and his family inspire,” said Mayor Ron Nirenberg.
Martinez was raised in City Council District 5 and was a graduate of Lanier High School.
“He proved to be an outstanding leader and activist, who passionately worked to fight for workers’ rights and to advance the Latino community,” said District 5 Councilwoman Shirley Gonzales.
“I can say we have lost a hero and a significant voice for the people. May his legacy live on in our hearts and minds,” she added.
A public viewing is scheduled Wednesday from 12 pm to 9 pm at Porter Loring Mortuary North on Loop 1604 near Gold Canyon Road.
A procession will leave the funeral home at 8 a.m. Thursday and head to Jaime P. Martinez Place near Brazos and Laredo Streets where the public is invited to gather until 10 a.m.
A private funeral service will follow at Porter Loring North.