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Ezekiel Martinez

June 20, 1993 - August 10, 2022

Ezekiel Martinez, a loving brother, a generous friend, a brilliant businessman and a tribe builder, transitioned to his heavenly home on Wednesday, August 10, 2022 in Lynchburg, Virginia.
He is survived by his parents, Danny Martinez, Uniontown, OH; and Heidi Allen Martinez, Canal Fulton, OH; sister, Kelsie Martinez, Akron, Ohio; nephew, Benton Everhart, Lynchburg, VA; maternal grandmother Barbara Hoover, Canal Fulton, OH; and paternal grandmother Darlena “Nana” Martinez, North Canton, OH.
He was preceded in death by his grandfathers, Dean “Pappy” Martinez, and Benton Allen.
Zeke was born on June 20, 1993 in Akron, Ohio. He attended Lake Center Christian School where his parents knew he would have the best education possible to set him up for success, and where he met life long friends.
Zeke and his sister Kelsie grew up fishing, camping with their family and spending summer days at dogwood pool. Later they graduated together from Liberty University. They spent hours singing and dancing to Taylor Swift and enjoying fine cuisine. Zeke cherished his nephew Benton who made him light up like nobody else. A few favorite memories is “Uncle Zeke’s Pumpkin Patch”, watching movies together, and letting Benton drive his tractor and his truck.

Zeke had an exceptional way of thinking, even as a child. He often was found chatting with the parents at parties about business and world events while the other kids played. As a young boy he prided himself on his academics and started his own tutoring business when in middle school. When he was old enough to ride a moped he was seen riding around town to his various students, charging $20 an hour cash. He was well worth his fees.
Zeke never met a stranger. His charming personality endeared those that met him and his boisterous laugh was contagious. Sometimes he’d laugh without a known reason and soon everyone was laughing.
He had an innate bond with any dog or baby he met. They loved him and he loved them. He was an amazing uncle “funcle” to many. His generosity and kindness was always poured out on those he loved. If he heard you say you liked something, he’d find a way to give it to you because that’s what made him happy.
Zeke loved learning, and like everything else he did, he fast-tracked it and excelled at it. He graduated from Liberty University with a degree in accounting when he was 19, while living on his own and working full time at CVS.
Upon graduation, he joined CSE, Inc. in Madison Heights, VA as a Project Coordinator. He eagerly embraced every opportunity to learn, grow, and develop leadership skills.
With his entrepreneurial spirit calling to him, Zeke left CSE to pursue his true passion. He got his real estate license and joined Keller Williams as a real estate agent. He quickly earned top commissions with his unique sales approach.
He and a friend also established Derbyshire Proh, a real estate management company. Over time they bought, renovated and managed multiple units, creating the foundation for what would become Derbyshire Real Estate and its affiliated entities.
Ever the visionary, Zeke bought out his partner, left Keller Williams, and ventured into other areas. He purchased The Carpet Shop, modernized it, and built his offices there. He expanded his rental management services footprint to include commercial properties, while continuing to expand his personal portfolio of properties. Eventually those operations would encompass multiple states and hundreds of units.
Zeke strongly believed in giving back. He made multiple trips to and supported Healing Haiti. He believed in empowering others to achieve their potential and used his own story as an example. He loved mentoring youth, teaching them life, business and leadership principles.
Wherever he went, Zeke left indelible footprints. He was uniquely gifted with a keen vision, a constant drive for accomplishment, and a piercing business acumen with which he built a thriving group of businesses at a very young age.
For those who loved him, however, what is imprinted on our hearts is his generosity, his awesome smile and great hair, his passion for travel, and his love for those in his tribe. He brought us together, from different communities and different states, into a circle of faith, connection and love. And because of his beautiful spirit, our lives are forever changed.

A celebration of life reception will be held on Saturday, August 20, 2022, from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. at Boonsboro Country Club. Those who would like to celebrate with us are invited to drop by.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the church or charity of your choice.

Tharp Funeral Home, Lynchburg is assisting the family.


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One of the great ones… gone too soon … 🙏🏼

Posted by Deb draper on September 23, 2022

Zeke Zeke, what can I say, you played and played and played your way. Now the days have come to an end to say good bye just wasn’t the plan. Always loved and now forever missed. Hope you have finally found your bliss. Love your great Aunt Bev

Posted by Beverly on August 19, 2022

Zeke was such a kind and caring soul. I always looked forward to our interactions and meetings which would typically lead to our love of fine watches, nice cars and pens. During one meeting, Zeke surprised me with a very nice writing tablet as he noticed the one I was using during a previous meeting was nearly full. I will surely miss you my friend.

Posted by Scott Woody on August 18, 2022

I read Zeke’s prior and present obituary and have noted omitted family names. Zeke is survived by his aunt and uncle, Dena and John “Frog” Griffith, his cousins Corey and Faith James and Seth James. Zeke has a large extended family on his dad’s side. Earlier years, we always gathered for every Christmas. It was a wonderful and fun time to see Zeke and the other children’s faces when Santa Claus arrived. It is heartbreaking that Zeke died so young. I hope Zeke is finally resting in peace. Love and sympathy to my family.

Posted by Demetria Rossetti on August 17, 2022

Haley , I never got to meet him but know he was Loved by you and your Family so much and just knowing that he had to have so much love in return for you all to , God sometimes doesn't give us reason why things are but we trust in him because he does what's needed and our faith keeps us strong and gives the strength to endure all , May God hold you all close and keep your hearts filled with Love , Jay & Linda

Posted by James Falls on August 17, 2022

While I've not seen Zeke in years, he left an indelible mark on my life. He was a source of laughter and smiles during a rough time in my life, and I'll forever be grateful to have known him for a short while. I'm praying for peace, comfort, and strength for his family in the days ahead.

Posted by Jeannie on August 17, 2022

It makes me sad that I never got to meet Zeke, but he has been such an important part of the life of my Virginia family. I have cried with them through these last couple weeks. Be at peace and thank you for brightening their lives!!

Posted by Coleen Wheeler on August 16, 2022

Passionate, articulate, intelligent & entrepreneurial with an inviting smile…gone too soon.

Posted by Monique Minnick on August 16, 2022

When i think of Zeke his smile always comes to my mind first. He was so good at getting people together and planning activities. I loved his mind for business. He always helped me when i subbed and i thoroughly enjoyed his company Motivated, strong, faithful and so very intelligent; that is how Zeke lives in my mind. He was so very proud of his family

Posted by Paula Todd on August 16, 2022

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