OBITUARY

Joe Espinoza Mendez

June 28, 1947January 5, 2021
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Joe Espinoza Mendez, 74, of Glendale, Arizona entered into heaven on January 5, 2021. He was born in Glendale, Arizona on June 28, 1947. Joe grew up in Glendale and attended Glendale High School. After high school, Joe, worked odd jobs for a while. It was while working here Joe met the Love of his life, Cynthia.

Before he was drafted, Joe, joined the Army. When he was home on leave he and Cynthia were married on December 24, 1966.

When Joe was honorable discharged from the Army, he took a job with U.S. West as a Telephone Technician working on residential service and repair. As time passed, Joe, was promoted to working business services and was on the first team in Arizona to install fiber optic cable. Joe was a member of the American Legion Post 100 for many years. He attended Church with his family. He often took his family camping where they would set up camp and go hunting and fishing. He loved football and the Arizona Cardinals was his favorite team.

Joe’s heart was his family.

He leaves behind his wife, Cynthia Mendez; children - Joe Jr., Debbie, and Jennifer Mendez; grandchildren - Robert, Bianca, Celeste, Ella, Isabel, Ramon, Joseph Marianna, Mariya, Jocelyn, Jennifer, Jesse, Rose Juarez, Carmen Rocha, and Esperanza Ramirez; great grandson Alexander; and brother Frank Mendez.

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Services

  • Visitation

    Friday, January 22, 2021

  • Funeral Service

    Friday, January 22, 2021

  • Rosary Service

    Friday, January 22, 2021

  • Committal Service

    Friday, January 22, 2021

Memories

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Mona Mendez-Garcia

January 22, 2021

Tio you will be missed very much!
My childhood memories are of all of us going camping and having the best time, Tio thank for being there when we needed you most, the memories of you will live in my heart forever. Tia Cindy my heart is with you and the family, I love you all. Rest in Peace Tio Joe I love you, Mona

christine alonzo

January 22, 2021

Cindy my condolences to you and your family Joe was a good man loved his China his children and grandchildren now he has taken his goodness to the heavens above as his wings took him up I am sure he had a smile filled with happiness knowing he was going home.
My Prayers are with you and family.
God Bless.
Love Christine Alonzo

Rita Leija

January 20, 2021

Cindy and Family I am so sorry for your loss of your dad and husband. I have know Cindy and Joe from the 1960 from High school and Family Esper and Edras. We had many of parties togethers, Trini with John Nolan and Donna, Charlie, Cindy and Joe and many more, we had some good Times. I know Cindy you will miss his help with the Grandkids and his help around the house and your long time Lover. Love you Rita Leija

CARMEN & GEORGE SCHILLING

January 10, 2021

We will always remember his kind nature and how much he loved his children and grandchildren. He will be missed and remembered by all whom he has crossed paths with during his life. To the family we extend our deepest condolences.

JENNIFER Mendez

January 9, 2021

He has always been my rock, my strength, the one who gave me advice and guidance, I have been so stuck to my Dad in my life, now that he isn't around every day is a blur,.
He made laugh, he taught me so much, and he was the best grandfather to all 7 of my kids, we are trying for you Dad, all of us are, to stay strong and carry on, Dad u are and have always been my world, the day u left and got taken home to get your wings was so devastating, but I saw u and u were in peace, u were asleep, and I'll never forget that morning,.
My Dad was a proud veteran, a loving husband, and he was proud of all us kids and grandchildren. He was funny , he loved to listen to his records and he raised my son Ramon and dedicated all he could to that boy. I don't know how to say goodbye, I don't know how to be around anyone right now, I can't let go get but I know I have to so u can fly, Dad please check on us ok my mom, shorty, booboo ,guero ,chaparro ,yaya, gordan, and baby Jesse, Yonkers, and Robert, Jocelyn and ella, . I love u pops , u were amazing , u were so good at being a father and the l love u had for my mom ur China it was something very rare and so strong. I wake up missing u and go to sleep crying for u, DADDY , THIS IS THE HARDEST THING TO DO IS TO SAY SEE U LATER, I KNOW THAT UR FREE AND ITS TIME TO FLY ,DADDY I LOVE U AND MISS U AND ILL SEE U LATER..
LOVE UR YOUNGEST
Look at ur baby picture and look at you holding me in my baby picture..I am u, every thing about me ..


Tina Valdivia

January 8, 2021

So many memories that will forever be treasured. Tio Joe was our driver taking us in the back of his truck all over Glendale singing our mighty Sonoette songs as loud as we could, and ending up at testy freeze for a treat. He had so much patience, I know he would get annoyed by us, but never showed it. He was such a wonderful person. I remember when he broke the head of the piñata at my dad's 80th birthday and laughed so hard. Or the time the team went swimming at his neighbors when they weren't home, my tio looked over the fence when he seen his ladder against it, and said China come look at your girls. Tio I love you and will miss seeing your big truck in Sono. To my Tia and cousins may God give you strength and comfort, I love you guys. Tina

Frank Mendez

January 8, 2021

I loved all the family camping trips we had and all the family get togethers. I give my condolences to my tia Cindy and to the kids. Tio Joe was a great man and will really be missed. Love you tia and kids. God Bless and stay strong.

Esperanza Perez

January 7, 2021

I love you Tio. I thank you and my Tia for taking me with you every summer to the cabin in Payson to celebrate your birthday 🥳 🎂 those were the best times growing up. I hope I’ve made you proud lol even though I know I disappointed at times I hope you know I’ll never forget what you’ve done for me. Especially when my dad past away. Thank you for being there. Now You guys can party fish and hunt together. Just please take care of my Tia. I love you very much tio and I miss you, love B

Eugenia Ramirez

January 7, 2021

You held me when I was born, you watched and protected me as I grew older. You taught me how to put a tent up, throw my fishing rod in the lake and how to gut a fish.. We took family camping trips, softball games, or maybe just to have dinner we always we’re together. You were not only my uncle but you were my Nino also, I was blessed to call you both names. When my dad passed you stood up to the plate and tried to do your best by me. You were my father figure I had left, and I never even dreamed I’d be writing on your obituary.. Your time was done here so God took you home, Nino I’m going to miss you!! I’m great full you were apart of my life and I appreciate god blessing me w you!! I will forever be humble just like you!! Rest In Peace Nino, I love you

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