Funeral arrangements announced for members who died in Wyo. train crash

Published: October 12, 2018

Two members, Jason Vincent Martinez, 40, and Benjamin ‘Benji’ George Brozovich, 39, died Thursday, Oct. 4 when the Union Pacific (UP) train they were operating hit the rear-end of a stopped train near Cheyenne, Wyo. SMART TD would like to express our condolences to the members’ families, friends, Local 446 and all who knew them.


Martinez, an engineer, had been a member since November of 2006 and was a lifetime member of VFW Post 1881. In his free time, he enjoyed playing pool and softball, going to Las Vegas and gambling, and was a Denver Broncos fan.

Martinez is survived by his wife Sheila; children, Izabella Teniente, Aubriana and Alexis Martinez; parents, Vincent and Rose Martinez; sisters, Bernadette (David) Herrera, Jessica (Anthony Pena) Martinez and Sasha (Manuel Fonseca) Martinez; his parents-in-law, Arlene and Carlos Trujillo; numerous godchildren, aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Prisciliano and Ursulita Barela, and Jose V. and Florence Martinez.

A visitation will be held Saturday, Oct. 13 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Wiederspahn-Radomsky Chapel, 1900 E. 19th St. Cheyenne, WY 82001. A Vigil for the Deceased will be held Monday, Oct. 15 at 6:30 p.m. at St. Mary’s Cathedral, 100 W. 21st St., Cheyenne, WY 82001. A funeral liturgy will be held Tuesday, Oct. 16 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Mary’s Cathedral, burial and military honors will follow.

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Brozovich, a conductor, had been a member since June of 2015 and had been employed by UP for 20 years. He loved motorcycles and the Denver Broncos. In his free time, he enjoyed motocross racing and golf.

He is survived by his parents, Art Brozovich and Madeleine (Jack) Jacobs; brother, Tyler Brozovich; daughter, Sierra Brozovich; maternal grandmother, Wilma Kalamaja; and many aunts, uncles and cousins. He was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Martin and Katherine Brozovich; maternal grandfather, Karl Kalamaja; and brothers, Jordan and Jason.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. on Monday, Oct. 15 at the Niobrara County Fairgrounds Auditorium, 4080 U.S. Hwy 20, Lusk, WY 82225. Father Andrew Duncan of St. Leo Catholic Church will be officiating.

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