Martin Valencia of Valencia’s Produce at the Hollywood Farmers Market passed away last Friday. Since Valencia became ill this produce vendor stopped coming to the market. It was a great loss for the market.

According to his obituary, Martin Valencia passed away on Friday, August 30, 2019 after a fierce battle with cancer. He will always be remembered for his love of and devotion to his family. He will also be remembered as having a wonderful work ethic. Martin was born in Santa Cruz, Mexico but for the past thirty years has made Montross, Virginia his home and raised his beloved family here.

Martin is survived by his parents, Juan and Carmela Valencia; his wife, Maria DeJesus Valencia; his sons: Jose A. Valencia (Luz), Juan F. Valencia (Faviola), Luis M. Valencia (Christina), and Johan A. Valencia; and his daughter Guadalupe Valencia (Devin) and five cherished grandchildren. He is also survived by his bothers: Ricardo Valencia (Guadalupe), Ignacio Valencia (Alicia), and Jose Valencia (Xiomara); and his sisters: Lucinda Valencia (Jesus) and Alicia Valencia (Ramiro).

Martin was a member of Saint Paul’s Catholic Church in Hague, Virginia. He was a farmer and the love he felt for his profession was evident in the abundance of fruits and vegetables he coaxed from the Earth. His dedication to his family was evident in all that he did. He will be profoundly missed.