Chris and Vincent Martinez

Vincent G. Martinez new manager at Skillin-Carroll Mortuary

September 28, 2005
Santa Paula News
Vincent G. Martinez is the new manager at Skillin-Carroll Mortuary for Santa Paula and Fillmore. He and wife Chris now make their home here, “in the right place at the right time I our lives.” Martinez was born and raised in Porterville, California, living there with his parents and his sister and brother. He attended local schools, and was active in several sports.In junior college, he met his wife Chris, and they were married April 22, 1972. They have two children, Vincent B. Martinez, 28 and married, and Eric Martinez, 23.Martinez attended Woodbury University, graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Management. After graduation, the couple moved back to Porterville, where Vincent worked as a controller at a bank. After a year, they moved back to Los Angeles, where both continued working in the banking industry.For a short time Chris stopped working and then started working in the funeral home industry, where “she loved helping people.” She is now the office manager at the Thousand Oaks Pierce Brothers Mortuary.Martinez continued working for the banking industry in different capacities. He moved careers for five years, working for a management of computer systems for the banking industry company as the regional for the western states.
During this time, Martinez also worked for the care center at a funeral home, where he would meet with families immediately preceding the death of a loved one. He worked in this capacity for five years and became schedule coordinator for six funeral homes and the trainer for first call individuals. He also participated in the funeral services.Martinez notes, “In speaking with families, coworkers, and my church, I was told that this was my calling; and I believe to that be true, so I started working for the funeral industry full time.” He worked in the Thousand Oaks office and then became the manager of Praiswater Meyer Mitchell Mortuary in Van Nuys. This led to his current position with Skillin-Carroll here in the Heritage Valley.“Chris and I now believe that we are doing what we were called to do,” says Martinez. He is becoming involved in local activities, recently joining the Rotary Club of Santa Paula. “We are truly blessed to be part of this community....”

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