Update: A memorial service is scheduled for January 5 in El Cajon. Details below.
December 27, 2012 (El Cajon) -- East County Democratic Club co-president John Martes passed after a year-long battle with lung cancer last night at his home in El Cajon. His wife of 40 years, Gloria Martes, and two daughters, Natalie and Leslie, were at his side.
An accountant/controller at John A. Martes and Associates educated at the University of San Diego, Martes twice ran for the Cajon Valley School District Board and was also a candidate for the El Cajon City Council.
Martes was a garduate of El Cajon Valley High School and the University of San Diego.
“John was devoted to the well-being of his family and his community,” said Bonnie Price, Co-president of the ECDC. “ He was an outstanding leader and organizer for our ECDC.”
Price praised Martes’ commitment to working toward electing leaders in East County who would “represent ordinary people instead of only the rich and well-connected. His legacy is one of which we can all be proud.”
His daughter, Leslie, recalls that her father did leave a lasting impact benefiting children in East County. "When he ran for the school board, he ran on a platform that the school district should not only provide subsidized lunches for children in need but also that the district should provide breakfast as well so that children were not learning for four hours a day on an empty stomach," she said."While he was not successful in his campaign for school district, the board later implemented that program."
A memorial service is planned for Saturday, January 5 at 11 a.m. at the Elks Lodge in El Cajon. In lieu of flowers, family suggests a donation in Martes' name to the Lung Cancer Alliance: