Delano Mortuary


Joe Silva Gutierrez

February 12, 1945December 30, 2020

Joe Silva Gutierrez, 75, passed away peacefully December 30, 2020 in Bakersfield, CA. His wife, Sandra, was by his side when he drifted off to his heavenly home.

Joe was raised in Delano, CA and graduated from Delano High School in 1962. Professionally, he was a veteran of over 43 years in the field of Public Service Maintenance and Operations. He began his career at the Delano Elementary School District and just a few years later he was hired by the City of Delano. His work ethic and dedication elevated him to finish the last seven years of his career as the Operations Superintendent for the City of Delano.

Joe loved sports and friendly competition – whether backyard cornhole, pool, or other family games – he strove to do his best and elevate others. He loved to play softball and later in life became an excellent golfer. He had a special ability to create beautiful landscapes. His kindness and charity to help others in need sets him apart and will long be remembered. While Joe had many hobbies and professional accomplishments, his most important priority was his family.

Joe is survived by his wife, Sandra; children, Denise (Michael) Stanley, Lisa (Victor) Celaya, Andrew Mascarinas, Angela (Dorian) Mora; grandchildren, Camille, John, Steven, Melissa, Jordan, Alex, Sara, Faith; brothers, Jerry, Carlos, Gino, Alex; sister, Yolanda; good friend, Liz Morris; and DeLisa Morris, who he loved as his own daughter. In addition to his parents, Guadalupe Gutierrez and Lupe Silva, he is preceded in death by his brother Mando.

Funeral services are being handled by Delano Mortuary in Delano, CA. The funeral service will be held at 1:00 pm on Tuesday, January 19 at the funeral home. Due to Covid restrictions, live attendance will be by invitation only. Others are invited to join via Facebook Live on the day of the services via the livestream link on the services below.

The burial will follow at the Delano Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, due to current cemetery limits, the family has asked that you send cards or letters.


  • Alex Celaya, Pallbearer
  • Victor Celaya, Pallbearer
  • Andrew Mascarinas, Pallbearer
  • Dorian Mora, Pallbearer
  • Jordan Mora, Pallbearer
  • Michael Stanley, Pallbearer
  • John Stanley, Pallbearer
  • Steven Stanley

  • In lieu of flowers, please send cards or letters


  • Visitation

    Tuesday, January 19, 2021


  • Funeral Service

    Tuesday, January 19, 2021


  • Graveside Service

    Tuesday, January 19, 2021


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Guillermo Gomez

January 19, 2021

There may be many members in the long Gutierrez family, but there will only be one Joe. His family parties with Sandra were always entertaining and heart-felt.

His visits with Sandra to our home in Chino, had many late nights and many early mornings, all cherished memories.

Joe, Rachael and I will not say goodbye, we will just say so long, because family is eternal, which is why your family will always will be welcome to our home.


Maria Schweer

January 18, 2021

Joe was a great friend who we enjoyed being around. He had a quick laugh that was endearing. We shared many good times together that will forever live in our hearts. Our deepest condolences to you and your family during these difficult times. May our good Lord comfort you and give you peace.
with love,
Maria and Mark Schweer

Ann Chandler

January 17, 2021

Wishing you peace and comfortable during this difficult time.

We hold you close in our thoughts and hope you know we are here for you and the family.

Remembering those softball days with Joe as our coach. So many great memories!

Rachael De La Cruz-Gomez

January 14, 2021

Joe was a great cousin, friend, party host, family matriarch but one heck of a listener & advisor. He was a family man & loved his his family unconditionally & his extended family.
When baseball season would start we knew to expect Joe & the family for Jordan’s games. G & I would get excited and make preparations for the visit. The best part was seeing G get the OMG look “Joe is coming” that he would rush to cut the lawn, weed & clean both yards before Joe came.
When my Tia, his mom passed away, it was hard for him & I tried my best to comfort him but instead he comforted me in a text and now those words are a cherished gift to me. “We may have waited our adult years to become close but have made up for it. Love you & if all we do is cry for an hour, I’m cool with it”. RIP cousin, & when you get your wings, don’t forget to stop by once in awhile, we still need you❤️🙏🏼

Esther Magana

January 11, 2021

Joe was from my high school class. Although I did not know him before, I did meet him at our 55th reunion, and we were lucky to have him attend both of our wonderful 50th and 55th reunion so he could enjoy them with his friends. I spoke to him a bit at the last reunion, and several people have mentioned to me what a nice person he was. I regret that I did not meet him earlier, as he had many good friends. My sympathy to his family and close friends. Rest In Peace with the angels, Joe.

Al (Boogie) Wiley

January 10, 2021

Joe was a great friend, teammate, and mentor. We will remember him for his sense of humor, laughter, and advice. The Wiley family is saddened to hear about his passing. We love you, Sandra. May God bless you a and your family, Always!

Lorna and Mike McWilliams

January 8, 2021

We have lived next door to Joe and Sandra for over 20 years and were recipients of Joe's advice and help many times, even with a broken water line late at night. His property was immaculate and always looked good regardless of the season. We frequently saw him hitting golf wiffle balls in the cul dr sac polishing his golf game. We will miss Joe, as he was a wonderful neighbor and pillar in the neighborhood.

Gloria Browne

January 8, 2021

Please accept our deepest condolences for your loss. I am thinking of you and your family during this difficult time. Remembering all the fun memories and wonderful times we spent together as friends fills me with joy. He was a wonderful person, and he will be missed. May God comfort you and your family! The Browne family