Martinez is the birthplace of “Joltin’ Joe DiMaggio,” famed New York Yankee baseball player of the 1930’s and 1940’s. Martinez is the home of the John Muir National Historic Site which features his home from 1890 until his death in 1914. Martinez has many old homes and business buildings. Downtown was leveled by three fires in the 1890-1904 era, so most post-date that period. A number of homes pre-date 1880.
LDS Members make up 2.07% of the population in Martinez. The state of California has the largest LDS population outside of Utah. California has 768,344 members in 1,348 wards and branches, 16 missions, and 7 temples and 189 Family History Centers.
Latter-day Saints have played important roles in California History. A group of a few hundred LDS converts from the Northeastern United States and Europe arrived at what would become San Francisco in the 1840s aboard the ship Brooklyn, more than doubling the population of the small town. The Pleasanton LDS Stake, 675th stake of the LDS Church, was created on 8 Dec 1974 with Dale Edwin Nielsen as first stake president.