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Michael Martinez

October 27, 2022

Michael “Mike” Martinez 69, died peacefully on October 27, 2022 at his home in Newton, Kansas. A rosary will be at 6 pm on Friday November 4, 2022 at Petersen Funeral Home in Newton. The family will receive friends following the rosary. Celebration of Life will be Saturday November 5, 2022 from 1-5 at the American Legion in Newton.


Mike is survived by his wife of 26 years, Lynnette, 2 sons, Nicholas Martinez, Jason Kapuscinski (Cara), 2 daughters, Jennifer Mantz (Scott), Margo Stinchcomb (Jon), 8 grandchildren and 1 great grandchild. He is also survived by sister Christina “Tina” Trujillo (Dave), brothers Roderick Martinez, Robert Martinez (Lynn), Richard Martinez and many nieces, nephews and friends.


He is preceded in death by his parents Ramon and Valeria Martinez, sister Mona Martinez.


Mike was born in Montezuma, Kansas. At age 5 his family moved to Newton where he resided for the rest of his life. He attended school in Newton, graduating in 1971 and attended Cowley County Community College on a football scholarship, graduating in 1973. He started working in the Newton Line Department with KG&E in 1973 and retired from Westar Energy in 2015. Over the years Mike was involved with many activities including the Jaycee’s, Special Olympics and coaching little league football. He officiated high school wrestling for 32 years. His favorite past times were fishing, camping and watching the OU Sooners and Kansas City Chiefs play football. Mike and Lynnette resided in Newton for 26 years and so enjoyed many camping trips with friends and family.


He helped many people in various ways and felt it was most important to take care of and be there for his wife, children and grandchildren.


Donations are being accepted through family and Petersen Funeral Home. All funds will be given to the Pratt Community College Lineman Program.

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8 thoughts on “Michael Martinez

  1. My heart was so broken the time I seen this on Facebook, Mike always knew when ever he seen me. He worked year at KG&E with my dad

    I just seen Mike a month ago when he was getting a hair cut. My heart goes out to the family.
    Prayers to you all.

    Michelle Entz Pfautz

  2. I’ve only personally knew Mike since 2016. In that period of time I found him to be very kind, a big heart, respectful of others and a true gentleman who was always willing to help others in whatever way he could. He truly loved his family and will not only be missed by them, but many, many others whose lives he’s touched, myself included. Rest in peace Mike.

  3. I truly enjoyed working with Mike. Kind hearted, funny and o so honest. That honesty is what let me know that he was the real deal. He will be missed. My prayer to you all.

  4. I have many fond memories of Mike going back 20 plus years. He helped with my house remodeling. I was so impressed with his handyman skills, and his physical strength. We had fun getting a 65″ 320 lb projection TV down my stairs into the basement. Mike and Lynette came to Linda & I’s wedding, and gave me a tool kit, which I still use today. He always had a great sense of humor. We will miss him dearly.

  5. So sorry to hear about Mike. Another one of the KGE family gone to be with the Lord.My dad Luke also worked with Mike and spoke highly of him. Me being younger that big mustache was really cool.
    The Hiebert family is keeping you in prayer!!

  6. I only knew Mike briefly. But I saw the kind and humble man he was. It was obvious all his friends loved him. I’m glad he is pain free now!!
    Prayers for peace and comfort for Lynette and all the family.

  7. it is so sad that we lost such a Good person, so funny and such a gentleman. Sure will miss his quick wit and positive energy. Lynette my heart goes out to you and your family.

  8. My heart breaks for this family. Mike was such a special man. In all of the years I’ve known Mike he could always make me laugh. He loved life and most of all he adored his beautiful wife Lynette. His family was very important to him and he spoke about them often. Mike will be missed so much!! Sending love Lynette and the family. ❤️

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