Joseph Edward Andrade

October 19, 1948December 31, 2018

Joseph Edward Andrade, 70, of El Dorado Hills, CA, passed away on December 31, 2018, following a brief stay in the hospital where he was surrounded by his loving family. Joe was born on October 19, 1948. He grew up in Torrance, CA and graduated from Bishop Montgomery High School, where he met the love of his life, Donna. The two married in 1967 and shortly thereafter started their life as a military family traveling the world. “Smokin Joe” served 33 years in the U.S. Army, spending many of those years as a Special Forces Green Beret. Joe retired as a Colonel but also spent time in the enlisted ranks including being a drill sergeant. He loved leading troops; it was one of the highlights of his military career. After the Army, Joe spent over 10 years working at the Naval Post Graduate School in Monterey, CA at a variety of positions. Joe loved surfing, spending time with Donna and his family, coaching his kids and grandkids in soccer, daily walks with his dogs, Shadow and Sierra, and living life to the fullest. Joe is survived by his wife of 51 years, Donna, their 4 children: Christopher(Kelly), Jason(Alicia), Joshua and Holly(Richard) and 7 grandchildren: Keller, Payton, Jacob, Brady, Brooks, Preston and Airlie. He is also survived by his parents, Joe & Bernice, 6 siblings: Vickie(John), Marsha(Tom), Juliet(Brian), Jimmy(Marion), Terri(Jeff), Angela and numerous nieces and nephews.

The funeral service will be held at 2:00pm on January 19, 2019 at Mt. Vernon Mortuary in Fair Oaks, CA followed by burial at 3:00pm. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be given to the Special Forces Charitable Trust.

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Joe Rozek

January 19, 2019

I met “Smokin Joe” at Fort Lewis, Washington in 1984 as we reactivated the 3rd Battalion of the 1st Special Forces Group (Airborne). Since both of our names are Joe, he always referred to himself as “The Elder.”
I know Joe as a fellow Green Beret, a loving husband, father and grandfather. He loved his family with all his heart and soul. When we talked – which was not often enough – he told me how much he cherished and loved the “little things” in life with his family: time with Donna, going to Payton’s cheerleading meets, coaching his granddaughter’s indoor soccer team, walking his beloved dogs Shadow and Sierra, grilling mahi mahi & turkey at Easter and many others. I respected him and loved him as a brother, so much so I asked him to be our youngest daughter Ashley’s “God Father,” which if you know Joe, he took very seriously and became her “Uncle Joe.”
Joe was a warrior, a patriot, a man of great integrity, strength, principle, and persistence who was as tough as wood pecker lips. Yet he was a loving, caring and compassionate man who possessed a heart of gold. Traits which seem to be missing in our Nation’s leaders today. He is an example for all of us to emulate. Joe was truly Teddy Roosevelt’s, “Man in the Arena” whose “place shall never be with the cold timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat.”
God sent Joe into our lives and he touched each one of us and we are better for it. He made a difference in our Nation, our Army, his family and our lives. His legacy lives on in each one of us and through our Nation’s soldiers who he touched in 33 years of active duty service and 10 years at the Naval Post Graduate School.
Joe Andrade – I love you brother. I toast you with our toast, “Here’s to us and those like us!!!”
Donna and Family: There are no words I can say that will ease the grief you feel. Know that Joe lives on in each of you and is watching over all of us from heaven.

My deepest sympathies,
Joe Rozek

pat and eric Wilhite

January 19, 2019

Joey and Donna, This is a day for saying goodbye, but its also a day to celebrate a dear friend and all that he did for our country and his wonderful family. you left us too soon,Joey. But God has a plan for you and we hope Heaven resembles Santa Fe so you can finally see it. Donna we love you and will do whatever we can to make this a gentle transition..... love to all of his great family Pat and Eric

Chris, Randy & Alex Ahuja

January 18, 2019


We are so sorry for the loss of your Dad. Blessings to you and the entire Andrade family! May wonderful memories fill your hearts in the days and months ahead—

Chris, Randy & Alex

Edward Day

January 15, 2019

I am Joey's cousin, "Eddie," son of Bernice's brother George. Like my sister Mary, I fondly remember weekends spent at Joe and Bernice's home, hanging out with Jimmy and the cousins. I remember Joey's wry smile and sense of humor. He was, in my eyes, a "cool" older guy. I have always admired him and was proud of his service to the country.

Paul Mullin

January 15, 2019

Joe's family and friends,

Joe was my commander, mentor and friend. His humble leadership and positive attitude made our unit a formidable force. After Joe promoted me, he and Donna worked hard to get us to Naval Postgraduate School to replace them, but they are irreplaceable. Unfortunately, 9/11 had us reassigned after a year. It was my great joy to plan his retirement ceremony and we hit the mark when he got to wear his Drill Sergeant hat and command enlisted soldiers in close order drill one last time. I am a better man for working with COL Joe Andrade.

Paul and Christina Mullin

Mary Day-Winetsky

January 13, 2019

Joey ‘s mother is my dads sister . We were cousins I remember spending a couple days at their house when we were kids . I was getting homesick and Joey picked up on it and someone started playing the song” I want to
Go home “ every time it came on I would run to the bathroom and cry . Years later I realized it was him and laugh at his mischievous since of humor. I thank him for all his service in the army and protecting our country. Thank you Joey and God Bless ,Maryann.

Yvonne Lubman

January 10, 2019

Joseph Andrade is my cousins (Juni) son. I last saw him at his mother’s birthday and although we were not close, I have great admiration for his service to our country.

My condolences to his Mother Bernice, Father Joe, his wife Donna and his family.

I am donating to the Special Forces Charitable Trust and encourage others to do the same as this was Joseph’s wish.

Yvonne Lubman

Anna Simons

January 10, 2019

Dear Donna,

I don’t want to write a book – but Joe deserves a book! He was the first person John and I had lunch with when we moved up to Monterey and NPS 20 years ago. He helped devise and teach the Military Advisor course, which is now in its umpteenth running. He initiated Hawaiian shirt-wearing Aloha Thursdays in the DA Department – which, when I invoked Joe on Monday (our first day of class this quarter), students were familiar with.

Well, they will definitely be more familiar with “Colonel Joe” by the end of the quarter! I cite Joe all the time. And not just because he was the practitioner from whom I learned so much or because no one ever asked better questions than Joe. But also, because Joe absolutely and totally cared. So much so that, at a certain point, I could no longer convince him to come back to class to give his famous El Salvador talk. He refused because he was convinced he didn’t have anything to teach guys who’d been to Afghanistan and Iraq numerous times. But – the total opposite was true.

Students who were lucky enough to hear Joe still remember the lessons he said he learned and, over the years, they’ve recounted them back to me. They’ve told me that they put into practice some of the very same things Joe said he did – thanks to having heard Joe.

I always tried to tell Joe how big his legacy was. But, you know Joe. He was too humble – which is also what was so totally unusual about him. He was that rare combination: he could have been great in any endeavor that required leadership, caring about people, fixing FUBAR systems, and inspiring others to want to do the same.

If I think of all of the students Joe has influenced, many of whom are now themselves commanders, and who they will influence, Joe will have a forever life in SF and SOF.

That's in no small part thanks to you, Donna -- and everyone in Joe's family. You shared him with the rest of us!

Thank you so much for that.

Anna (and John)

Mark Carey

January 9, 2019

To the Andrade Family - My deepest sympathy and wishes for your comfort in your time of grief.

I had the pleasure of working for "Smok'in Joe" as his Battalion Medic in 3 / 1 SFG(A). He was a true professional, that gave me and every subordinate the opportunity to grow and firm (yet kind) mentorship as needed. He cared deeply for all of his family, soldiers, friends and our nation. My memories of him include: The many times I advised him to go sleep when deployed, as he never wanted to miss something in the SFOB ops center and the money we made with his portrait. He was a man that I gladly followed and supported.

May he rest in peace.

Dennis Downey

January 9, 2019


Please accept our sincerest condolences, we were so sorry to hear of Joe's passing. You, your family and all who loved Joe are in our prayers. He was truly one of the good guys and he will be missed. Dennis and Casandra Downey