Ernesto Martinez


Ernesto “Ernie” Alonso Martinez, 26, of Columbus, died at 1:39 p.m. February 24, 2017.

Ernesto was born Nov. 2, 1990, in Miami, Florida, the son of Juan A. Martinez and Patricia A. Bustos.

Ernesto was a graduate of Columbus East High School, where he played football all four years. He then graduated from Indiana State University and was a member of Alpha Tau Omega fraternity.

He was employed at Tri-Hawk Automotive in Austin, Indiana. He loved to dance and was always the life of the party.

The funeral will be at 1 p.m. Friday, March 3, 2017, at Jewell-Rittman Family Funeral Home with Pastor Hector Martinez officiating. Calling hours will be from 4to 8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home and one hour prior to the service.

Survivors include his mother, Patricia Bustos of San Benito, Texas; brothers, Jose (Alesha) Martinez of Columbus, Hector (Lorena) Martinez of Jonesboro, Arkansas, Juan (Jessica) Martinez of Columbus and Fernando (Mary) Martinez of Harlingen, Texas; a sister, Elizabeth (Wilmer) Linares of San Benito, Texas; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father, Juan Martinez.

You are invited to view his video tribute, light a virtual candle and send a message to the family via the internet.