Letter to the Editor: Memorial 5k Run/Walk and Veterans Golf Tournament


We the Martinez family would like to thank all of you runners, walkers, and golfers who participated in the Sgt. Glen Martinez Memorial Scholarship 5K Run/Walk and Veterans Golf Tournament on May 25 and 26 to support and honor Glen for his service to his country and his ultimate sacrifice to help keep our freedom alive. We want to thank the people who so graciously donated their time to volunteer their services to make these two events possible. We would like to thank Mark Haas for the use of the Monte Vista Golf Course and Pro Shop, all his hard work and time put in to make the golf course perfect. Thank You to Ron and Pat Rinebarger for providing the most delicious smoked pulled pork for the Golf Tournament meal and lending a side by side four-wheeler for Ron to use at the 5K race. Thank You to Mike Sanchez for making the most delicious green chili to spread over the scrumptious burritos made by Jessica and Jeff Simmons for our after the race breakfast. Thank you to Peggy Martinez who served the breakfast and made sure all of the participants were well taken care of. To all our stores, Top Choice, Safeway of Monte Vista and Alamosa, Wal Mart and Walgreens for donating water, Gatorade and fruits for our runners and walkers we say thank you very much. Thank you to Danica Simmons for KSLV broadcasting on Valley View and the PBS for Glen’s events, and to the Monte Vista Journal and the Alamosa Courier for all their great advertising across the San Luis Valley.

We would like to thank all the line sponsors for the 5k Run/Walk and Veterans Golf Tournament; Ron, Carol and Peggy Martinez (in loving memory of Norma Martin, Ike and Viola Martinez and Jackie Manzanares), James, Janina and Grant Medina, The American Legion Jas G. Hamilton Post # 53, Hair Experience – Peggy Martinez (in loving memory of Justin Moore), Kris and Jess Gonzales and Andrea, Hogue’s Glass-Stan and Jeannie Crowder, Brian Roberts DDS. and Mary Kay, SLV Building Components-The Polkowske Family, Ron and Pat Rinebarger (in loving memory of Tracy Aaron Rinebarger ), Gunbarrel Station-Skip and Sue McClure , Eddie and Carey Sanchez (in loving memory of Rico Nicholas Sanchez) Country Curls – Della and Van Kimberling (in loving memory of AnneMarie Stone), Kentucky Fried Chicken-Jeff and Sandy Lickteig, Monte Vista Takedown Club, SLV Ski Hi Stampede, Inc. The Rio Grande Seed and Grain, Lexi Wingert and Nevada Siemering, Spencer and Leia Wingert, Peace Of Art-(Art and Lori).

A Special Thank You to Wayne Pacheco – Widowmaker Apparel, Jed Ellithorpe and Family, Mark Haas, Ingrid Watson and Mariah Barbosa- Monte Vista Golf Course, Pat and Cathy Sullivan, Annette and Pete Gonzales and all the wonderful helpers for registration that made it all run so beautifully.

Also a big thank you to the Hole Sponsors for the golf tournament: Dr. David Hinkley, O.D., Annavee and Family, Dr.Brian Roberts and Mary Kay, Brad, Jamie and Ronnie Swartz Go Navy/Semper Fi , SLV Federal Bank, Sunflower Bank, Rio Grande Savings and Loan, American Legion Jas G. Hamilton Post # 53, Sparkle Cleaners, and Ron and Sara Stoeber. The result of these two events benefits a senior boy and girl with a $1,000 financial boost with the beginning of their higher education.

Glen made the Ultimate Sacrifice May 2, 2008 while serving in the United States Marine Corps, Operation Iraqi Freedom. We know Glen would be very proud to know all the support and participation he received from our communities in the valley and from friends and families from various parts of Colorado, and California who unselfishly honor him every Memorial Weekend. We hope that you all enjoyed yourselves, got to visit with long- time friends and relatives and got some good exercise.

The Martinez family hopes to see you all next year!! May God Bless You All! Semper Fi!

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