Stephen Reicher Martinez, age 19

From the moment Reicher was born, he was in a hurry to grow up.  He always viewed himself as older than what he was and wanted to get things done and get them done NOW!  I always told Reicher to not be in such a hurry to grow up…enjoy being a kid…being an adult is not what it is cracked up to be.  However, if you knew Reicher, he did not always take his mom’s advice and continued to throw himself entirely into everything he did, and much to my dismay, he continued to grow up…and rather quickly, too.

Our house was constantly filled with music when Reicher was around.  He was either singing, playing the piano, trying to hit that unachievable octave on his trumpet, or blaring music from his phone.  Even during his sickness, I knew it was a good day when he played the piano, and our house was once again filled with music.  Those of you that know Reicher also knew he was a little on the “spicy” side…whether it was with his cooking or his personality.   The sweet aromas he created in the kitchen were heavenly.  We will miss his homemade pasta, macaroni and cheese, tamales, and menudo.

Reicher had a confidence that was unmatched…when he walked into a room, everyone was drawn to him and his million-dollar smile…yet he could make you feel like you were the only person in the room.

Reicher loved spending weekends on the farm with his Brupa and Dutchess.  Like his Brupa, Reicher loved music, singing, and eating out.  Dutchess fostered his love of cooking and would buy him whatever he needed to create his masterpieces.  Reicher also loved our trips to Waco, TX to visit family.  He shared his Grandma ‘Tinez’s love of cooking and enjoyed sitting around the table having conversations with his grandparents in Spanish.  One of Reicher’s most admired traits was his strong and unwavering strength of and belief in his Catholic faith.  He loved, loved, loved to talk religion and politics…and we will leave it at that.

Over achiever would be one way to describe Reicher.  He loved to encourage others to step outside their comfort zone and try something new.  

Reicher was constantly trying something new and involved in everything, and I mean EVERYTHING he could possibly be involved in.  Reicher was involved in band, Sotto Vocce, National Honor Society, speech, drama (Fiddler on the Roof and Our Town were two favorite performances), student council, mission trips, Walk for Life, cooking competitions, and several marathons. Tennis was also a passion of Reicher’s, and he could not wait to get back on the court.  Reicher was a Freshman at the University of Nebraska-Omaha majoring in Bioinformatics with a recent major change to secondary math education.  Being accepted into the Delta Chi Fraternity was one of his most honored and proud accomplishments during his short time on campus.  A huge thank you to his fraternity brothers and friends for making his time on campus so memorable for him.

On October 30th, 2020 Reicher was diagnosed with stage 4 rhabdomyosarcoma.

 Throughout his illness he maintained a positive attitude, never once complained…no matter how awful he felt and was determined to beat this disease.  

Even after a second diagnosis on March 11th, 2021 of leptomeningeal disease…he was going to give it his all and fight.  Unfortunately, the cancer was stronger than Reicher was, and he lost his battle with cancer on April 22nd, 2021.  Our hearts our empty, and he will be missed by so many who knew and loved him.

Reicher is survived by his parents, Roman and Stephany Martinez; siblings, Easton, Lawson, and Quinn; grandparents, Bruce and Jan Madsen and Santos Martinez; uncles and aunts, Brent Madsen, Phil and Anna Martinez, Rob and Christy Martinez, Sam and Renee Martinez, and Aubree Madsen; cousins, Jax and MacKaylee Madsen, Libby, Louie, and Hannah Martinez, Ella and Ava Martinez, Michael and Emma Martinez, and countless friends.  Reicher never met a stranger.

Reicher was preceded in death by his brother, Roman Madsen Martinez, and his grandmother, Dominga Martinez.

Reicher was a strong, driven, and a determined young man.  A lot of life was packed into his 19 years on this Earth…guess that is why he was in a hurry to grow up.  If there is one thing Reicher would want you to learn from all he endured, it is to never ever give up!!!  There is nothing you can’t do.  Do it for Reicher!

On Friday, April 30th, visitation will be held at Butherus, Maser, and Love from 12-4 p.m. Visitation will also be held at St. Joseph’s Church with the family from 5-7 p.m. with a rosary to follow.  

Reicher’s funeral Mass will be held on Saturday, May 1st, 2021 at St. Joseph’s Church at 10:00 with burial to follow at Cowels Hill Cemetery in Nebraska City, NE. All are welcome to attend. Memorials may be given to the family for charitable donations honoring Reicher’s memory to be made at a later date.

Posted online on April 30, 2021