Born in Queens, Dave grew up in Yonkers and Holmes, New York with his parents, George and Anne (Fadoul) Martinidez. He graduated from Manhattanville College with a B.A. in Political Science, and New York University with a Master’s Degree in Counseling and GuidanceHe lived in Manhattan, Park Slope, Brooklyn and Forest Hills, Queens before moving to Jersey City and finally settling in Chatham, NJ, with his husband, Rob Hymas.
Dave was an avid street photographer who was published in the 2006 inaugural issue of Unbound Press: An International Journal of Words and Images. He had a soft spot for animals and doted on his beloved cats, Kittie and Lucky. He read voraciously (especially Stephen King and Harry Potter). He loved swimming in the ocean and spending time at Jones Beach. Dave ran competitively with the New York Road Runners for many years.