Martin Ray Maez, Sr. was born in Pagosa Junction, Colorado on the 13th August, 1931. He was more commonly known as Ray. His father’s name was Frank Maez and his mother was Trancita Marquez. A family of thirteen, Ray had 8 brothers and 4 sisters. His family moved to Salida, Colorado when he was a young boy. He attended Salida High School and proved to be an outstanding sportsman, excelling in football, basketball, and track events. He graduated from college with 30 SH.
Ray married his hometown sweetheart, Dorothy Maestas on 5th July 1952, in Taos, New Mexico. Ray and Dorothy had three children, a son Martin Ray Maez Jr. born in San Antonio Texas, a daughter Theresa Ann born in Wiesbaden Germany and another daughter, Charlene Mary, born in Salida, Colorado. Ray and Dorothy renewed their marriage vows at St. Josephs’ Catholic Church in Salida after 60 years of marriage. They were married for a total of 67 years, until Dorothy passed in 2019.
In 1950, at the age of 19, Ray joined the U.S. military (USAF) during the time of the Korean conflict. Ray attended Aircraft and Engine Mechanic Technical training, specialising in the maintenance of B29 Bomber Aircraft. He also attended Aero-Tech Department of Westcoast University in Oakland, California. Ray’s distinguished service in the Air Force led to him being stationed in Japan, two tours in West Germany, France, Vietnam, Korea, Thailand, Taiwan, Philippines, England, Italy, Turkey, Spain, Iraq, Greece, Portugal, and Tunisia.
Ray retired from active duty in the US Airforce, in 1976, after twenty-six years of service. From 1977 until 1995 Martin Ray worked as an F5 Training Advisor and Instructor for the King Abdul Aziz Air Base in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia. In 1997 Ray retired and moved to Colorado Springs, Colorado.
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Ray loved to travel the world with his wife Dorothy by his side. Together they met interesting people and experienced many diverse cultures, religions, and ways of life. In addition to his academic and military based training/education, Ray gained great wisdom and understanding of the world in which he travelled and lived. He had a wonderful sense of humor which brought joy and laughter to many family occasions. Together, Ray and Dorothy made many friends all over the world most of who became life-long friends, often referred to, as ‘La Familia’.
Throughout his entire life Ray had a very clear sense of purpose, duty, and responsibility to his family and country. He will be sadly missed, but very fondly remembered.
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