1990 Inductee - Antonio E. Martinez

1990 Inductee - Antonio E. Martinez

Antonio E. Martinez, has received accolades as the recipient of local, state and national awards of excellence for his valuable development of self-esteem drug abuse prevention programs. Martinez has received awards from California State Assemblyman, Patrick Johnston; California State Senator, John Garamendi; and United States Congressman, Norman Shumway; for his professional achievements in the field of drug abuse prevention programs.

Martinez received his high school diploma from Edison High School; his Associate of Arts Degree from San Joaquin Delta College in 1970; earned his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Sociology from Sonoma State University in 1973; his Masters Degree in Counseling from Sonoma State University in 1974; he has also earned his Community Counseling Credential in 1974.

Martinez, a man with a mission in life has overcome many barriers and adversities in his life. Martinez has 15 years of successful experience with public service agencies with 9 years of experience in program management that has provided technical assistance to California State Department of Health and Drug Programs. He has had 8 years of experience counseling individuals, couples, groups, and families. Martinez is skilled in handling complex projects for schools, city councils, law enforcement, community groups with professionalism and sensitivity.

Antonio E. Martinez has served as a teacher, counselor, professional consultant, and the Director of Educational Opportunity Programs. He has dedicated his life to the advancement of the minorities in the state of California.

Martinez is professionally known in the state for developing and was co-author of the “Solano Model”, which is a substance abuse prevention program. Martinez received the 1986 Achievement Award from National Association in Washington D.C. for the “Solano Model” program.

Martinez received outstanding awards in 1979 for the development and implementation of the Healdsburg Educational Development Project; awards for his Vacaville Merit Project in 1983; also received the “Well, Well, Well Award”, from the California Department of Mental Health in 1985. Martinez proudly states, “My parents Joe and Lupe Martinez are my heroes and role models. They instilled in me the virtues of family, God and hard work”. Martinez was a migrant worker who worked in the fields, picking fruit and crops until he was a teenager. Martinez is proud to say he was a product of the Stockton Unified School System.

Martinez had the memorable opportunity to be the body guard for three of America’s outstanding citizens. Martinez further states he considers the time he spent in protecting the lif’s of the immortal Elvis Presley, the top entertainer, Tom Jones, and the great Cesar Chavez as people who touched his life. “Talking to these great citizens will live with me forever”.

It is with great honor tonight that we welcome Antonio E. Martinez into the Mexican American Hall of Fame.