|John Martins. I will never forget you!|
I wanted to wait a couple of days before I wrote about the sudden passing of every ones favorite friend from Artesia, California, former Mayor John Martins.
Johnny was bigger than life. who truly lived the American Dream.
While there are literally thousands of tributes being paid to John on social media sites, (Facebook friends and family have been posting hundreds of photos and notes since his passing on Friday).
I first met John and has family while I was a child being raised in the Artesia-Cerritos community circa early 1970's.
The teen years, into high school and college, and then into adulthood and civic affairs, politics, charity work, faith in God, good times, hard times, John was always full of emotion and energy.
John loved America, and he loved Artesia, and Artesia was totally IN LOVE with Johnny. He was a showman, he loved to entertain and share his love of music with the world around us. He was handsome, a smile so large his beamed when he entered a room. John loved to stand close to you when he engaged in conversation. He cared about his friends and those in need.
One publication that covers the local US Portugal community, wrote the following about John, and I wanted to share these words about his life....
"One of the most relevant community members of the Portuguese community in Southern California, he was born in the parish of the Altares, Angra do Heroísmo. He emigrated with his family to the United States in 1966.A businessman by profession, he served as Councilman between 2001 and 2003, and on March 3, 2004, he was elected Mayor of Artesia, Los Angeles, a position he held until November 10, 2010. He was appointed Honorary Consul of Portugal in Los Angeles, in 2015, a position he held until now. The President of the Government of the Azores, Vasco Cordeiro, expressed deep regret at the death of Honorary Consul of Portugal in Los Angeles, emphasizing his success as an entrepreneur and, above all, his civic involvement in the local Azorean resident community.
“In his many civic, political, cultural and professional roles in the United States of America, John Martins has always shown a high sense of public service, never forgetting his connection to his roots in Terceira Island and the Azores, “said President Vasco Cordeiro. "
My life is fuller for having John Martins and his amazing family in my world. Please feel free to share you thoughts below.
God Bless you John. My God hold you in His arms forever...