Gordon Martines: Saying good bye to a proud police detective and an old friend

February 1, 2019 in News by Slad

 

Source: Las Vegas Tribune

Just as we finished the edition of this week’s newspaper, we received the most distressing news of the death of our dear friend and long-time contributor to the newspaper and the radio show, Gordon Martines.

Las Vegas Metropolitan Police received a call from a concerned friend asking for a welfare check; after knocking on the door and getting no answer they called a locksmith and found him dead inside his home, according to his long time friend Desiree Lucido.
Lucido was at Gordon’s home when the police arrived for the welfare check and was there when the locksmith opened the front door and let the police officers into the home.

Some time later the Clark County Coroner arrived and took the body away; his estranged son Brice, another police officer, was notified and took possession of the body.

Gordon Martines, a police officer at heart who entered his law enforcement career early in California and later moved to Las Vegas where he joined the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, went through the ranks, rising to Detective. His law enforcement career lasted thirty-nine years with the department.

Gordon ran for Sheriff unsuccessfully four times and was the only courageous member of “his beloved” police department who took his superiors and the police department administration to court.

Gordon Martines is a former LVMPD detective who served in many capacities over his 39-year career in law enforcement. He was a candidate for sheriff in 2002, 2006, 2010 and 2014, with the intention of bringing integrity and accountability back to the department; he filed a federal lawsuit against LVMPD in 2011 with those very things in mind.

Martines appeared on “Face The Tribune” radio show with his long-time friend Rolando Larraz several times and later became the host of “Open Mic” on Tuesdays and Thursday at 11:00 a.m. He contributed his opinions and ideas to the Las Vegas Tribune to keep the public informed and to help improve policing in Las Vegas.

Gordon will be missed and his memory and contributions to Las Vegas Tribune and this community will be forever remembered.

“Gordon Martines is dead. What a way to start the year. As I’m sure you remember from last week articles I am suffering the loss of my best friend and now Rolando is devastated with the loss of Gordon.
Their friendship comes from years back,” wrote Perly Viasmensky, the newspaper general manager to Las Vegas Tribune Managing Editor Maramis Choufani.

“I emailed Gordon several times during his illness, but he never replied. Some people choose to go inward and we can’t be upset about how they choose to deal with their final days. I’m sure it hit Rolando very hard. We must really cherish the time we have left on this earth and do what we intended to do before it’s too late. That is definitely what Rolando is doing — still. May you both be given strength to deal with this additional sorrowful burden because of your love for Gordon.
I cared for him, too,” stated Ms. Choufani.

Rest in peace Gordon, we will never forget you.