The Town of Firestone has named ball Field 1 and Field 2 at the Firestone Regional Sports Complex in honor of the late Mark Martinez and the late Joey Irwin. The dedication took place on Saturday, March 24, in preparation for the start of the spring sports season.
“This is an opportunity for me to thank the community for all of their support,” said Erin Martinez, wife of Mark and sister of Joey, who spoke at the dedication ceremony. Mayor Paul Sorensen introduced Erin at the event, and had this to say about the dedication: “We are grateful for this chance to dedicate these fields and to come together as a community to remember these men.”
The mayor had previously read a proclamation announcing the naming of the fields at the Town Board Meeting on January 24, which stated: “Mark Martinez and Joey Irwin were upstanding, life-long Carbon Valley residents who shared a passion for sport, the great outdoors and baseball… Mark Martinez was a beloved husband, father and public servant who worked for the Town of Firestone as a Public Works foreman… Joey Irwin was a beloved son, brother, uncle and an accomplished tradesman who had a passion for his work and contributed so much to the growth of the Town of Firestone and the Carbon Valley… The Firestone community is committed to honoring the legacies of Mark Martinez and Joey Irwin. Together, we are–and always have been–Firestone Strong. Therefore, I, Paul Sorensen, Mayor of the Town of Firestone, do hereby proclaim that henceforth the fields at the Firestone Regional Sports Complex shall be named Martinez Field and Irwin Field.”
Brothers-in-law Irwin and Martinez loved playing baseball while growing up in the Carbon Valley. Martinez carried that love of baseball into adulthood as a volunteer youth softball coach in the Firestone community. Martinez served as the town’s Public Works foreman and Irwin was a master plumber in the area.
The Firestone Regional Sports Complex is located at the corner of Firestone Blvd. and Frontier St. While two of the three fields were named Martinez Field and Irwin Field in their honor, a third field had previously been named Bertron Field in memory of Tristin Coty Bertron, a young Firestone resident who lost his life in 2006. The town plans to rededicate additional memorials in the weeks and months ahead.