September 8, 1971 – September 21, 2019
Montclair City Councilwoman Trisha Martinez died Saturday, Sept. 21, after a brief battle with cervical cancer, the city has announced. She was 48.
Martinez’s death resulted in the lowering of flags at City Hall to half-staff on Sunday as a mournful salute to the five-year member of the City Council, according to the city, which posted a notice of her death and achievements on the city website.
Martinez is survived by her husband, Manny; daughters Corysa and Nicola; grandson Roman Cisneros, and his father and Corysa’s fiancé, Nick Cisneros.Martinez was diagnosed with cervical cancer in April. Despite being in and out of the hospital over the past five months, she still attended council and regional board meetings as much as possible. “This kind of professional commitment is rare, and attests to her devotion to office, duty and the people of Montclair,” wrote the city in a website memorial.
Martinez, a resident since 1992, was first elected in 2014, stepping into a seat held by Leonard Paulitz for 36 years. Paulitz retired at the age of 88 and had endorsed Martinez. She was re-elected to a second term in November 2018. Martinez received the largest vote total of any candidate for Montclair City Council that year, according to the city.
“She was a big advocate for seniors, children and education on the City Council. She always looked at things in a positive manner,” said Mayor John Dutrey. “She was very well liked by the people of Montclair.”
Martinez was active in the Women’s Club of Montclair for 12 years and served as a volunteer for 10 years with the city’s senior nutrition program at the Montclair Senior Center. While serving on the City Council, she became the city’s liaison to the local school districts and advocated for school-pedestrian safety, child welfare and college access programs.
“Her platform with the city was advocating on behalf of the senior citizens; I think that is where her efforts will be greatly missed,” said Councilman Bill Ruh.
A Celebration of Life will be held on November 2, 2019 at 11:00 am at the Montclair Senior Community Center 5111 Benito St. Montclair, CA 91763.