Martin Bazan Jr., 57, died unexpectedly on Saturday, March 26, 2011, at his home in Holbrook following a sudden illness. The Recitation of the Holy Rosary will begin 9 o’clock this morning (April 1) at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church, located at 212 E. Arizona St. in Holbrook. The Funeral Mass of Christian Burial will immediately follow at 10 a.m. at the church, with The Rev. Father Anthony Dike as celebrant. A private committal service and inurnment will be held at the Holbrook Cemetery, where Martin will be laid to rest with his brother, Michael.
Martin was born in Holbrook on March 28, 1953, at the old Holbrook Hospital to the late Martin Bazan Sr. and Della (Ramirez) Bazan.
He graduated from Holbrook High School with the Class of 1973. While still in high school, Martin began a job working for Babbitt’s Lumber Yard and remained a loyal employee to the Babbitt family for many years. Following his employment with them, Martin began a long and dedicated career for the City of Holbrook in its Sanitation Department as a sanitation engineer. He took pride in everything he undertook and no accomplishment was too small. He was affectionately known by everyone as “Tito, the Garbage Man.” He loved his job so much and just about everybody in town knew who this lovable man was.
Martin was a family man and had a great deal of love and respect for every member of his family. With his large family, much love was expressed and shown to all. Tito, the Garbage Man retired from Holbrook’s Sanitation Department in 2003, and he was able to enjoy his retirement years doting on his wife, daughter and granddaughters.
On March 2, 2001, Martin Bazan Jr. met and married his longtime sweetheart Bernice Arlene (Ray) in Holbrook. Just three weeks ago, they celebrated their 10th wedding anniversary together. How grateful Bernice is for these 10 short years she was able to share with him.
It has been said of Tito that he was an outdoorsy guy and loved anything that took place outside. He especially enjoyed spending a cool afternoon in a pleasant game of golf. Other days, he looked forward to the peace and solace that fishing at his favorite fishing hole brought him. Martin even enjoyed the thrill of a competitive game of horseshoes, as well, and he was quite good at that sport.
Survivors include his wife, Bernice Arlene (Ray) Bazan of Holbrook; one daughter, Andrea Bazan of Winslow; his mother, Della Bazan of St. Johns; two sisters, Bernadette (Bruce) Gebhart of DeSmet, S.D., and Cynthia Bazan of St. Johns; one brother, Phillip (Jan) Bazan of St. Johns; four granddaughters, Whitley Bazan, Julia Garcia, Yssena Garcia and Cecelia Bazan, all of Winslow; three stepchildren, Thena (James) Kennedy of Holbrook, Leroy Simon of Winslow and Lori Simon of Holbrook; 10 stepgrandchildren; four stepgreat-grandchildren; two uncles, Manuel (Viola) Ramirez and Boney Ramirez, both of St. Johns; one aunt, Rosie (Ramon) Morales of St. Johns; and several nieces and nephews.
Along with his father, Martin Bazan Sr., he was preceded in death by two brothers, Michael Bazan in 1977 and Ruben Bazan in 1996; and one sister, Delores Bazan in 2004.
Owens Livingston Mortuary of Holbrook is in charge of the arrangements.