The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation has learned of the death of retired Maj. Mike Martinez, a 30-year CDCR veteran. Martinez passed away on April 11.

Martinez began his career with, what was then called the California Youth Authority, as a Group Supervisor at El Paso de Robles School.  He also worked at Northern Reception Center-Clinic, Ventura School, Youth Authority Training Center, Preston School of Industry

He retired December 2003 from Central Office/Headquarters as Chief of Security Operations/Major.

Because of Maj. Martinez’s love of God, Church and community, two celebrations of his life have been planned:

• 11 a.m. Monday, April 22, at Church of Christ, 10577 Coloma Rd., Rancho Cordova.

• 1 p.m. Tuesday, April 23 at Evalynn Bishop Hall, 600 S. Church St., Ione.

The family requests in lieu of flower that contributions be made to the Ninos de Baja at 2390-C Las Posas Rd, #169, Camarillo, CA 93010 or to the Native Sons of the Golden West, Ione Parlor #33, 20 E. Main St., Ione, CA  95642.