Karen R. Martinez, 51, of Fort Madison, IA, passed away at 3:37 a.m. on Monday, November 16, 2020 at her home. She was born a twin to Darren Pacheco on April 24, 1969 in Galesburg, IL, to Jesse & Carmen Mendez Pacheco. She married Mark L. Martinez on February 21, 1991 in Fort Madison, IA. She was a para-educator for the Fort Madison Middle School and a member of Harvest Bible Fellowship. She enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren and raising her 7-year old grandson. She loved working with her kids in the classroom, shopping, dancing and being with family & friends.
Karen is survived by: her husband: Mark Martinez of Fort Madison, IA; 1-daughter: Collette Martinez of Fort Madison, IA; 1-son: Mark Martinez, Jr. of Fort Madison, IA; 2-grandchildren: Collin & Kamari Martinez of Fort Madison; 4-brothers: David Pacheco of St. Louis, MO, Mark Pacheco of Galesburg, IL, Jeff Pacheco of Galesburg, IL & Darren Pacheco of Denver, CO and her mother: Carmen Pacheco of Fresno, CA. She was preceded in death by her father.
Due to new state Covid restrictions, changes have been made to service arrangements for Karen Martinez. The family will receive friends from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. on Friday, November 20, 2020 inside the chapel at King-Lynk Funeral Home & Crematory. Masks and social distancing will be required, per state requirements. A funeral service will immediately follow at 10:30 a.m. outside of King-Lynk Funeral Home with Pastor Jon Heyland officiating. The service will be recorded for those unable to attend and can be found below Karen’s obituary on our website following the service. A memorial has been established in her memory. Online condolences to Karen’s family may be left at the King-Lynk Funeral Home & Crematory website: www.kinglynk.com.