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Late N. Texas man's family holds out hope his final wish will be completed

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It was a husband's dying wish that his house, in need of major repairs, be fixed up so his widow could live in comfort after he was gone. Now, more than a year later, work on the house is still unfinished.

That husband, Valentino Martinez, died last May. Last March, Valentino told FOX 4 about his dying wish.

Panther City Church in Fort Worth stepped in to help, but the challenges proved too much – the foundation needed fixing and the plumbing needed to be repaired.

“We're looking at, you know, over 15, 20 years of just things underneath that were messing up the whole house,” said Joe Cedillo, pastor of Panther City Church.

The church raised some money and some appliances were donated, but what Cedillo says he needs most is skilled workers.

“It's been very difficult to try to find people to actually do it, ‘cause you know, everybody works; everybody has a job,” said Cedillo. “Volunteers, you would think, you know, would come, but they just haven't been coming.”

A roofer named Joel Reyes says he is ready and willing to replace the roof for free, but he can't start until the exterior trim is replaced.

“Since everything is rotted out, then we can’t nail to anything,” said Reyes. “So, it’s really imperative that somebody does that first before the roof is done.”

Valentino’s wife, Desiree, is still paying bills on the home, even though it’s unlivable.

“She's a strong woman, but she's barely hanging in there,” said Carmen Martinez, Valentino’s daughter. “She has a lot on her plate now.”

Desiree is currently living with one of her daughters. Some of her relatives have tried to do some of the work, but none of them really know how to do it.

“What would be ideal is if a construction company, someone that builds houses, can just bring their crew out here and just get it done in a day or two, and that would relieve a lot of stress on the family,” said Cedillo.

The entire family is hoping someone can help them finish what they started.

“I think it'll put my mom at ease, you know, have my dad at peace knowing that his house got finished like he wanted for my mom,” said Carmen.


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