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Edinburg City Council Recognizes Martin Martinez for 30 Years of ServiceRSS Feed

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EDINBURG, TEXAS (May 18, 2018) – The Edinburg City Council recognized Edinburg Recreation Supervisor Martin Martinez for 34 years of service with the City.

Martinez joined the Edinburg Parks & Recreation Department as a Recreation Leader in April 1984 drawn to the department’s boxing and martial arts programs. Since 1984, Martinez has received numerous promotions and is currently the Recreation Supervisor.

Martinez says originally he was thrilled to just have a full-time job, but the job quickly became a passion for him.

“You get involved with the kids and the community, and try to identify their needs, and I realized that this is my calling,” Martinez said. “I’ve been blessed, and I want to give back, and this is the perfect place to give back because we offer community services to the public and it’s very rewarding.”

Throughout his tenure with Edinburg Parks & Recreation, Martinez has seen the growth of the department including outgrowing a building.

“This is the second building that I’ve been in,” he said of the Edinburg Sports & Wellness Center. “We had a new building, and we outgrew it, so here I am witnessing a new building.”

Additionally, Martinez has been involved in special community projects like the Edinburg Cares Food Drive and the All-America City 10K Run/Walk – both which had record numbers in their most recent installments.

Not only has Martinez left his mark on the Edinburg community, but he mentions the community has had an impact on his life.

“This job has made me a better person, better husband, better father, and better employee,” he said. “Being provided with this opportunity has been a blessing.”

The most gratifying part of the job for him, however, has been to see his ex-students become successful members of the community.

“I like to think that I helped them along the way as teens and young people, and look who they are now – doctors, lawyers, and elected officials,” Martinez said. “That is the most satisfying accomplishment.”

Two of Martinez’s ex-students are Edinburg Mayor Richard Molina and Councilmember Homer Jasso Jr.

Martinez is grateful to have been a part of the City of Edinburg for 34 years, and hopes to continue to serve the City.

“It has been nothing but a blessing and a wonderful experience to work for the City of Edinburg,” he said. “I’ve had a wonderful run, and I still have some gas in my tank so I’ll be around for a little while longer.”

Martinez is a native of Weslaco, Texas. He and his wife, Lupita, have been residents of Edinburg for 32 years.