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Joseph "Joe" John Lovato

September 18, 1932May 14, 2018
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Joe Lovato, 85, of Amarillo passed away Monday, May 14, 2018.

The family will receive friends on Thursday, May 17, 2018 from 6 pm to 8 pm in the Griggs Schooler Gordon Funeral Home Pioneer Chapel. Funeral Services will be held Friday, May 18, 2018 at 10 am in the Hillside Christian Church Chapel, 6100 S. Soncy in Amarillo, with Mike Nuthman presiding. Interment will follow in Llano Cemetery.

Joe was born on September 18, 1932 in Channing, Texas to Albert and Frances Lovato. He graduated from Channing High School and soon after married Mary Duckworth. The two were together for more than 30 years before divorcing. Even after divorce, they remained very close friends. He joined the United States Army in 1954. He saw active duty in Germany during the Korea Conflict before being discharged. Upon returning home, he began work at the Bivins-Coldwater Cattle Company. Over the next few years, he pursued many other endeavors before finally retiring from Pantex after 26 years of service. During the time of transition, he met and married Deanna Faith Dawson in 1982. Deanna would precede him in death in 1992. Joe was an avid camper. He had a love for his Dallas Cowboys, and arena football; especially his hometown Amarillo Venom. For the better part of 20 years, he could be found square dancing in the old Cow Punchers Association building. His greatest hobby however, was buying, selling, and trading vehicles. He attended Hillside Christian Church for 17 years.

Joe was preceded in death by his parents, his second wife Deanna, and a very special friend, Marlene Sexton. Those left to cherish his memory are his fur babies Sissy and Little Bit, his sons Len Lovato and wife Rita of Wichita, KS, Roger Lovato and wife Sandra of Amarillo, Steve Dawson and wife Christy of Bushland, and Shane Dawson and wife Amanda of Ft. Worth; his daughters Teresa Lovato and wife Tracey of Amarillo, and Lisa Dawson-Muro and husband Gilbert of Amarillo; his brothers Christy of Channing, Tommy and wife Linda of Ft. Wayne, IN, Albert and wife Carol of Las Vegas, NV, and Will and wife Terri of Sheldon, MO; his sisters Nancy Armbrewster and husband Eldon of Amarillo, Linda Bell of Amarillo, Laura Ward of Las Vegas, NV, Louise Burch of Channing, and Bobby Wilham and husband Ron of Ft. Worth; 15 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews, and other family members.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that a memorial donation be to a charity of your choosing in the name of Joe Lovato.

  • FAMILY

  • Albert Lovato, Father
  • Frances Lovato, Mother
  • Christy Lovato, Brother
  • Tommy Lovato, Brother
  • Linda Lovato, Sister-in-law
  • Albert Lovato, Brother
  • Carol Lovato, Sister-in-law
  • Will Lovato, Brother
  • Terri Lovato, Sister-in-law
  • Nancy Armbrewster, Sister
  • Eldon Armbrewster, Brother-in-law
  • Bobby Wilham, Sister
  • Ron Wilham, Brother-in-law
  • Linda Bell, Sister
  • Laura Ward, Sister
  • Louise Burch, Sister
  • Mary Duckworth, Spouse
  • Deanna Faith Dawson, Spouse
  • Marlene Sexton, Significant Other
  • Len Lovato, Son
  • Rita Lovato, Daughter-in-law
  • Roger Lovato, Son
  • Sandra Lovato, Daughter-in-law
  • Steve Dawson, Son
  • Christy Dawson, Daughter-in-law
  • Shane Dawson, Son
  • Amanda Dawson, Daughter-in-law
  • Teresa Lovato, Daughter
  • Tracey Lovato, Daughter-in-law
  • Lisa Dawson-Muro, Daughter
  • Gilbert Muro, Son-in-law
  • Joe is also survived by 15 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren, two fur babies- Sissy and Little Bit, and many nieces, nephews, and other family members.
  • PALLBEARERS

  • Bonnar Markham
  • Kevin Slater
  • Reece Lovato
  • Reid Lovato
  • Jeremy Dawson
  • Jacob Dawson
  • Dustin Davis , Honorary Pallbearer
  • Brett Smith , Honorary Pallbearer

Services

  • Visitation Thursday, May 17, 2018
  • Funeral Service Friday, May 18, 2018
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Joseph "Joe" John Lovato

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Evelyn Van Deventer

May 19, 2018

I met Joe when we were at Paramount Christian Church, Singles II. He teased me all the time about George Strait. Joe, Marlene and I did the first Trunk or Treat the church started and continued doing it until we both felt we were too old to be out if it was cold. What fun we had, as you know he made anything fun to be doing. One Christmas they had the drive thru the park seeing lights. I am not sure now what all there was. Once again, our class rotated a night at the gates. Joe and 2 others and I froze, it was snowing so hard, but we stayed warm laughing and drinking coffee.
I feel honored and blessed to call Joe my friend. May God be with you during this time.
Evelyn

Sharon & Rickie Hastie

May 17, 2018

Joe was always doing something in his yard and liked to talk and help whenever he could. He had lots of stories to share along with smiles and laughter. He will be missed so very much.

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Biography

Joe was born on September 18, 1932 in Channing, Texas to Albert and Frances Lovato. He graduated from Channing High School and soon after married Mary Duckworth. The two were together for more than 30 years before divorcing. Even after divorce, they remained very close friends. He joined the United States Army in 1954. He saw active duty in Germany during the Korea Conflict before being discharged. Upon returning home, he began work at the Bivins-Coldwater Cattle Company. Over the next few years, he pursued many other endeavors before finally retiring from Pantex after 26 years of service. During the time of transition, he met and married Deanna Faith Dawson in 1982. Deanna would precede him in death in 1992. Joe was an avid camper. He had a love for his Dallas Cowboys, and arena football; especially his hometown Amarillo Venom. For the better part of 20 years, he could be found square dancing in the old Cow Punchers Association building. His greatest hobby however, was buying, selling, and trading vehicles. He attended Hillside Christian Church for 17 years.