He was born on June 3, 1936, to Eliseo Martinez and Mary Gurule Martinez in Arboles.
Phil had three children from previous marriages.
In 1992, he married Sherry Williamson in Durango.
Phil lived in the Pagosa and Bayfield area most of his life. He was a long-haul truck driver who loved life on the road.
He enjoyed his tractor and snow plow. After even the lightest snow, he would love plowing for all his neighbors. He also enjoyed working on his cars, including accessorizing them to the hilt. In later years, he became a Bronco fan and loved old western movies. He also enjoyed visiting his extended family and close friends.
Phil was preceded in death by his parents; his son, Charles; his brother, Joe; and sisters Mary and Cleo.
He is survived by his wife, Sherry; daughters Tina and Angela (Gordon); grandchildren Charles, Craig (Hannah), Derek and Lillie Charis; great-grandson Wade; sisters Doreen, Rose and Mary; and many extended family members.
Visitation will be held at Hood Mortuary (Durango Chapel) on Saturday, Aug. 20, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Memorial services will be at Ignacio Community Church at ELHI, 115 Ute St., on Monday, Aug. 22, at 11 a.m.