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With Dario Martinez in happier times.

RIP, Dario Martinez Longtime judge was old school

Longtime municipal judge and justice of the peace Dario Martinez died this Tuesday morning following a lengthy illness. Like so many good friends now gone before, he’s going to be missed. The thing about Dario and other people of his generation, born in the 1930s and the depths of the Depression, they were and are a tough breed.

I don’t remember when I first met Dario, but he stood out in a crowd. Well groomed; well dressed; a throwback to his days of owning and managing one of the few clothing stores in downtown Mission, his hometown.

That store, by the way, Mission Dry Goods was founded by Dario’s dad Joaquin in 1924. It ultimately closed for business in 1988.



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