“Alex” (known to many as A-Rod) Jose Rodriguez Martinez, 29, Belmond, a 2010 B-K graduate, died Oct. 15, 2021 of injuries suffered in a motor vehicle accident. Services were held Oct. 19 at the CC Vida Nueva Church in Belmond. Burial was at the Belmond Cemetery.
Jose was born to Enrique Rodriguez and Juana (Martinez) on Sept. 21, 1992 in Reynosa Tamaulipas, Mexico. He moved to Iowa with his family at a young age and attended Belmond-Klemme Schools where he was active in the theatre program, running sound and lights and helping with other tasks.
Though school wasn’t necessarily his favorite, A-Rod was always inquisitive, curious, and wanting to make things better. He was ever the free spirit, always restless and looking for that next life adventure. His creative spirit led him to want to “live off the grid” so to speak. Alex wanted to invent a better solar panel and develop a system to capture energy from running water. He was always fixing stuff.
Alex was a young man with an old soul. He loved classic rock music, mixing in modern tunes as well. He loved to attend concerts and had seen bands such as .38 Special, Cheap Trick, Megadeath and Slipknot. He recently attended Knot Fest with his companion Hannah. He loved to sing at karoake, in the shower, and just about anywhere. He had a wonderful voice that would bring the world around him to life. He was famous for his lively renditions of Piano Man, Bohemian Rhapsody, and Ameri- can Pie. Alex pursued a bit of a music career after high school, spending time as the lead singer of a local rock band.
Alex loved to read and was especially fond of The Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter, and Aragon. He loved new technologies, the wonders of nature, and the world around him. A-Rod was a man of deep thoughts whose energy and zest for life brought countless friends into his life. He was a simple man who didn’t need to have the latest and greatest of everything, and was satisfied in one of his favorite well-worn Converse tennis shoes.
He had been employed in various jobs, from working at Casey’s to more recent times in construction. He always said his character and ambitions were built more around travel and exploring than being tied to a career. His hobbies were as diverse as his friends. Many knew Alex as the young guy who whizzed about on his skateboard, or peddled all over north Iowa on his bicycle. He looked forward to tent camping, traveling, skating, canoeing and hiking. He loved to play disc golf and had won an award or two.
Alex left a trail everywhere he went. He lived full throttle and left his human life like a comet, blasting its way across a star-filled sky. His loving spirit, upbeat personality, and beautiful smile left an impression that his family and friends will cherish forever.
He was preceded in death by his grandfather Jose Salud Martinez Perez; grandmother Juanita Alcala; and uncles Alfonzo Martinez and Ernesto Rodriguez.
He is survived by his parents of Belmond; sister Bernice Rodriguez and her children Mackenzie and Andric Rodriguez of Belmond; brother Hugo (Lucy) Rodriguez and their children Jacueline and Chloe Rodriguez of Alden; his three-year-old daughter Alessia Rodriguez; his companion Hannah Faith Sorenson of Belmond; his 100-year-old grandfather Feliciano Rodriguez of Raynos, Mexico; and grandmother Celia Martinez of Rio Bravo, Mexico.