Michael Lee Martinez, 27, was born to Edwardo G. Martinez and Clarissa Duarte in Carlsbad, NM on February 1, 1988. He grew up with his brothers, Eddie Duarte and Damian Lopez, and loved spending time with his grandparents, uncles, aunts, and numerous cousins. You could always catch him with a huge smile on his face and making everybody laugh.
Michael enjoyed painting, working on vehicles, and being outdoors. He very much loved his daughter, nieces, and nephews. His presence would light up a room as his vibrant and fun-loving personality brought happiness to everyone. Michael went missing from a drilling rig location while working for a local welding company. His body was found 1.5 miles from the oil rig 5 days after he went missing. An autopsy has been done and the family is still awaiting the final results. He was left behind by the crew that he rode to work with that day. Although many questions remain unanswered, the Eddy County Sheriff’s Office is conducting an investigation.
A gofundme has been set up to help cover the burial cost.
When we lose one of our own, it deeply affects us all as a community. Thank you all for being part of honoring the life of a fellow Oilman.