Martin Cadena Tenorio

July 29, 1921 - Feb. 6, 2018

Martin Tenorio, 96, of Waco, Texas, passed away, Tuesday, February 6, 2018.Visitation will be at 5:30 p.m., Friday, February 9, with a Rosary service at 6:30 p.m., at Connally Compton Funeral Directors, 4400 West Waco Drive. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 9:00 a.m., Saturday, February 10, at St. Francis on the Brazos Catholic Church, with Father Benjie as Celebrant, with burial at Oakwood Cemetery.

Martin was born July 29, 1921, in Whitney, Texas, to Toribio and Guadelupe Cadena Tenorio. He attended school in Crawford, Texas. He married Marina Rosas on February 18, 1950. In his early life, Martin was a migrant worker with his family. He later worked on a farm and for the railroad. Martin made his career as a laborer for Cameron Mills and retired after 24 years of service.

Martin is survived by Marina Rosas Tenorio; daughter, Beatrice Tenorio Salinas; grandson, David Salinas of Indiana; two granddaughters, Jennifer Maldonado and husband, Lionel; Stephanie Rojas; one great-granddaughter, Denise Maldonado; three great-grandsons, Trey Maldonado, Keen Swaner and Monte Swaner, all of Waco. He is also survived by John Den of Waco, Deanna Rios of Gatesville; Dominique Sandoval of Waco; and numerous nephews, nieces and cousins.

He was preceded in death by all his siblings; his parents; and a daughter, Teresa Rosas Tenorio-Riojas.

Martin was an honorable man, who was simple, kind and forgiving. He was known by his wisdom, common sense, self-discipline and patience. Martin was a hardworking man with good work ethics and took pride in being on time. He will be missed by all who knew and loved him.

Pallbearers are Paul Torres, Chris Torres, Joe Anthony Rodriguez, Jr., Abel Ochoa, Jr., A. J. Ochoa, and Lionel Maldonado. Honorary Pallbearers are David Salinas, Fernando Torres, Jr., Stephen Torres, Cruz Torres, Dominique Sandoval and John Den.

The family would like to give a special thank you to the staff of Kindred Hospice especially, Christy Kazoka and Maria Rodriguez. They would like to also acknowledge Irene Rosas, Cathy Davis and James Davis for their love and support.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Martin's name at St. Francis of the Brazos Catholic Church, 315 Jefferson Avenue, Waco, TX 76701; Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 2621 Bagby Avenue, Waco, TX 76711, or St. Jude Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 or online at

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My prayers and sympathy are extended to the family and loved ones of Mr. Tenorio. Keep your faith in the resurrection promised at John 5:28, 29. Soon God will put an end to all sickness, sorrow and pain. He will also do away with our enemy death as promised at 1 Corinthians 15:26. Pray for God's kingdom to come as Jesus taught us to do. Please be comforted by the words expressed at Revelation 21:3, 4. Remember: God keeps His promises and it is impossible for God to lie!

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