May 19, 1951 – October 30, 2023
Gilbert Anthony “Gil” Martinez, a remarkable family man and friend, a veteran judge, and a fixture in the El Paso County judicial community for more than four decades, passed away Monday, October 30, 2023, while on a hunting trip. He was a Colorado native, and a Colorado Springs resident since 1978.
Gilbert was born on May 19, 1951, in Trinidad, Colorado, to Eufemio E. Martinez and Crystella O. (Roybal) Martinez. He attended Northglenn High School and went on to graduate from the University of Colorado Denver, earning a degree in Political Science (Bachelor of Science). Gilbert received his law degree from the University of Colorado Boulder and was admitted to the bar in 1978. Gil was appointed District Court Judge of the 4th Judicial District by Governor Roy Romer on November 14, 1989.
Gil began his legal career at Pikes Peak Legal Services, before joining the Colorado Springs Public Defender’s Office, where he served as director during the final four years of his 11-year tenure there. During his almost 3 decades on the bench, Gil twice served as El Paso County Chief Judge, and was instrumental in the effort to expand the El Paso County Courthouse, to handle the increasing caseload from the county’s growing population.
Gilbert developed a reputation for being dogged in his pursuit of justice. In 2017, Gilbert shared with The Gazette as he was retiring, that he loved being a judge and that it was a great career. Even though Gil retired as a full-time judge in 2017, he continued on with his passion to adjudicate cases across the State of Colorado as a Senior Judge. Too numerous to note, over the years he served or supported a myriad of local organizations and boards, and was an ardent advocate for education.
On June 17, 1972, Gil married the love of his life, Joanie CdeBaca in Denver, Colorado. They were married for more than 51 years. Gil and Joanie lovingly raised two children, and became the proud grandparents of seven grandchildren and one great grandchild.
Gilbert loved hunting, fishing, and golf, and was an avid historian. Gil was a fervent Denver Broncos fan, and a fan of all Colorado sports teams. Mostly though, he enjoyed spending time with his family. Gil was a dedicated and loving husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather, brother, uncle and friend. Spending time with family and friends always came first. Gil appreciated a good joke and always had one on hand to bring smiles to all. He loved to dance and enjoyed a variety of music, especially from his favorite artist, Ruben Ramos.
Gilbert is survived by his wife, Joanie Martinez; his son, Carlos (Cheryl) Martinez; his daughter, Laura Martinez (and family) and special niece Angelic (Michael); seven grandchildren and one great grandson. He is also survived by two brothers, Dean (Alice) and Dwayne; and two sisters, Edna and Frances (David); and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his brother, Ernest (Sandy); his sister, Roseann; and his parents, Eufemio and Crystella (Roybal) Martinez.
In lieu of flowers, memorials in Gilbert’s name may be made to El Cinco de Mayo, Inc., P.O. Box 17373, Colorado Springs, CO 80935-7373 (www.elcincodemayo.org).
A celebration of Gilbert’s life will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 14, 2023, at the Shrine of Remembrance “America the Beautiful” Chapel, 1730 E. Fountain Blvd., Colorado Springs, CO 80910.