Three Generations of "Hard-Working Family Men" Killed in Oil Field Explosion

Three Generations of "Hard-Working Family Men" Killed in Oil Field Explosion

By: Julia Deng
NewsWest 9

UPTON COUNTY - An oil field explosion Tuesday morning took the lives of three men - Rojelio Salgado, Arturo Martinez Jr. and Arturo Martinez Sr. - all from the same family and all "desperately missed" by their community.

According to the Upton County Sheriff's Office, they were working as part of a four-man crew for Mason, a pulling unit company contracted by Parsley Energy, when the deadly explosion occurred off Highway 2401, east of Highway 349.

Mason and Parsley Energy representatives could not be reached for comment.

One man on their crew was injured, but did not require hospitalization, while the other three were pronounced dead at the scene.

The youngest victim, Rojelio, was only 19.

His aunt, Victoria Garcia, told NewsWest 9 he had "just recently" started working with the oil services company.

"This is so hard for us," she said. "[It's a] big blow to the family."

Rojelio leaves behind a two-year-old daughter and eight-month-old son.

Their mother, Seidy, called the explosion a "horrific accident."

Victoria said the children would grow up hearing stories about "how wonderful" their father was.

"Especially the two-year-old. She was daddy's girl, all the way."

Seidy lost more than just the love of her life; the other two victims were her father and grandfather, Arturo Martinez Jr. and Arturo Martinez Sr.

"Arturo Jr.'s daughters are in disbelief right now," said Victoria, his sister-in-law. "They keep wanting him to walk in the door."

His three daughters - ages 18, 21 and 24 - were too heartbroken to speak with NewsWest 9.

Victoria described Arturo Martinez Sr. as a "hard-working family man [who was] always smiling [and] always putting family first."

"It's a tragedy," she said. "It is very painful."