Victor Martinez retires after nearly five decades at Fermilab

Victor Martinez plays his 12-string guitar as the sun sets at Saugatuck, Michigan.

On Dec. 18, Victor Martinez, a senior technician at the lab, badge number 01984N, will retire after more than 47 years of service.

Martinez started at the lab on March 28, 1973. Shortly after being hired, he went to Oak Ridge National Laboratory for six months to train as part of the TAT program (see page 6 of The Village Crier). He is one of the last remaining employees who was part of the program. At Oak Ridge, he trained as a mechanical technician. When he returned to Fermilab, he started assembling wire chambers for the beamlines at the Village in Lab 8 and then 27 Blackhawk. He made all the wire chambers for the Loma Linda Proton Treatment and Research Center. Over time he learned to wire and assemble chassis, fabricate cables and many other tasks needed at the laboratory.

“Victor is a great co-worker who works well with others,” said Curtis Danner, technical supervisor in the Particle Physics Division. “Victor has made contributions and given support to help build many experiments over his 47 years, including 30 years working on the DZero experiment in the Particle Physics Division Electrical Engineering Department as part of the Infrastructure Support Group.”

A musician who serves as a musical minister at his church, Martinez will spend much of his time playing his guitars and other instruments. He’ll build more cigar box guitars. (He also makes walking sticks.) Plus, he’ll work on home improvement projects, travel, and connect more with his family.