Joseph Gonzales Madrid

May 22, 1924June 9, 2018
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Joseph Gonzales Madrid, of Plano, Texas passed away on Saturday, June 9, 2018. Joseph was 94 years old and died after an evening surrounded by loving family which included some of his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Joseph was born May 22, 1924 in Tucumcari, New Mexico to Dionicio L Madrid and Paulita Gonzales Madrid and was the eldest of four siblings. He was known as a people person, soft spoken, and a peacemaker. Throughout his life, he mingled well and never met a stranger. As a child he was nicknamed Pepe but eventually outgrew that nickname to be referred to as Joe, and later, affectionately referred to as Grampo by his grandkids and great-grandkids. During his senior year of high school, Joe was drafted to the United States Army Air Corps for WWII. He earned the equivalency of his high school diploma while serving his country and later attended Highlands University in Las Vegas, Nevada. As an adult, he spent his career working for the Corps of Engineers at White Sands Proving Ground, later known as White Sands Missile Range.

Joe married his childhood nemesis, turned life-long best friend, Esther Meraz, on April 27, 1945, in Tucumcari, New Mexico. They were married sixty-five amazing years only to be separated by Esther's passing in 2010. The couple had three beautiful children; Gloria, Willie and Ruben. They raised their little family in El Paso, Texas, and Chaparral, New Mexico. Their family brought them much happiness, but the best joy was the addition of six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Joe was Roman Catholic and attended St. Elizabeth Ann Seton in Plano, Texas. Before moving to Plano, he helped build St. Thomas More Catholic Church in Chaparral, New Mexico, where he and Esther sang in the choir for over twenty years. While living in El Paso, he was an active member of VFW Post 8919 and served as District Commander. He also served as a member of VFW Post 4380 in Plano, Texas. One of Joe's fondest memories was the month he spent traveling through Europe with his sister, Patricia, and both of their families. The main mission of the trip was taking his young sons to the Vatican.

Joe will be fondly remembered as a patriotic man, always willing to help those in need without expecting anything in return, and always present in the lives of his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He was passionate about playing guitar and singing in the church choir. He was always active and loved working on projects building "stuff" outside. He also loved spending time with family and friends and enjoyed time spent socializing and dancing at the Plano Senior Center. If he was ever still for a moment, you would find him watching westerns like Bonanza, Gunsmoke or his other favorite show, Hee-Haw.

Joseph was preceded in death by his wife Esther Madrid, mother Paulita Madrid, father Dionicio Madrid, brother George Madrid, sister Lucia Gonzales, and son-in-law Robert Bazan.

Joseph is survived by his children Gloria Bazan of Plano, Willie Madrid of Chaparral, and Ruben Madrid of Plano; grandchildren Ester Maria Tavarez (Mike) of Plano, Rafael Tavarez (Beatriz) of McKinney, Esperanza Tavarez (Jorge) of Keller, Rhian Madrid (Shey) of Phoenix, Alyssa Madrid and Brianna Madrid, both of Chaparral; great-grandchildren Aaron Tavarez, Adam Matthews, Miguel Alvarez and Lilly Tavarez; sister Patricia Martinez, many nieces, nephews, cousins, extended family and friends.

Sunday June 17, 2018 Visitation: 6:00 - 9:00PM Rosary: 7:00 - 7:30PM Ted Dickey West Funeral Home 8011 Frankford Road Dallas, Texas 75252

Monday June 18, 2018 Visitation: 9:00 - 10:30AM Funeral Mass: 10:30AM St Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church 2700 West Spring Creek Parkway Plano, Texas 75075

Burial: 2:30PM Dallas Fort Worth National Cemetery 2000 Mountain Creek Parkway Dallas, Texas 75211

Serving as Pallbearers are Patricia Martinez, Ruben Madrid, Rafael Tavarez, Rhian Madrid, Aaron Tavarez and Adam Matthews

Serving as Honorary Pallbearers are Willie Madrid, Mike Alvarez, Jorge Lopez, and Miguel Alvarez

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at for the Madrid family.


  • Paulita Madrid, Mother
  • Dionicio Madrid, Father
  • Esther Madrid, Wife
  • Gloria Bazan, Daughter
  • Willie Madrid, Son
  • Ruben Madrid, Son
  • Robert Bazan, Son-In-Law
  • Ester Maria Tavarez, Granddaughter
  • Rafael Tavarez, Grandson
  • Esperanza Tavarez, Granddaughter
  • Rhian Madrid, Grandson
  • Alyssa Madrid, Granddaughter
  • Brianna Madrid, Granddaughter
  • Michael Rodarte, Grandson
  • Mike Tavarez, Grandson-In-Law
  • Beatriz Tavarez, Granddaughter-In-Law
  • Jorge Tavarez, Grandson-In-Law
  • Shey Madrid, Granddaughter-In-Law
  • Aaron Tavarez, Great Grandson
  • Adam Matthews, Great Grandson
  • Miguel Alvarez, Great Grandson
  • Lilly Tavarez, Great Granddaughter
  • George Madrid, Brother
  • Lucia Gonzales, Sister
  • Patricia Martinez, Sister
  • Joe also leaves many nieces, nephews, cousins, extended family and friends to cherish his memory.

  • Patricia Martinez, Active Pallbearer
  • Ruben Madrid, Active Pallbearer
  • Rafael Tavarez, Active Pallbearer
  • Rhian Madrid, Active Pallbearer
  • Aaron Tavarez, Active Pallbearer
  • Adam Matthews, Active Pallbearer
  • Willie Madrid, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Mike Alvarez, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Jorge Lopez, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Miguel Alvarez, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Gloria Bazan, Laying of the Pall
  • Espy Tavarez, Laying of the Pall
  • Ester Maria Tavarez, Laying of the Pall
  • Anna Moreno, Laying of the Pall
  • Donna Gonzales, Laying of the Pall
  • Michael Rodarte, Laying of the Pall


  • Visitation with Catered Reception Sunday, June 17, 2018
  • Rosary Sunday, June 17, 2018
  • Visitation Monday, June 18, 2018
  • Visitation Monday, June 18, 2018
  • Funeral Mass Monday, June 18, 2018
  • Burial Monday, June 18, 2018

Joseph Gonzales Madrid

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Ruben Madrid

June 14, 2018

I got to know my dad when we would work on projects together. What he and i put together sometimes may have blew a few electrical breakers once or twice but in the end we would talk while we worked and he became more than just my dad...he became my friend. I may not have been born in blood by Joseph but he gave me more than i will ever be able to repay in this life time in love and support as a father.