Joshua Galindo

February 28, 1933January 14, 2021
Play Tribute Movie

Joshua Galindo, 87, of Glendale, Arizona entered into heaven on January 14, 2021. Joshua was born in Glendale, Arizona to Carmen (Nevares) and Joe G. Galindo. Joshua grew up in Glendale and graduated Glendale H.S. After high school Joshua moved to California to be with his brother and to go to school. Joshua enrolled in college and completed his Associate’s degree in photography. Joshua was always interested in learning and doing many different things. Joshua also completed a Bachelor's degree in Education, and served as an Academic Instructor. He wanted to be a pilot, so he joined the Air Force as an Officer. He received his pilot license at March AFB 1957. Joshua sustained an injury which made it impossible to continue in his original path. It was then that he was transferred to The Air Force Security Forces (SF); and became Provost (Military Police) Marshall. While in the Air Force, Joshua, achieved the rank of Captain, did a tour in Viet Nam, sang in a barbershop singing group and received many awards and commendations during his 11+ years (from Dec 1957 and honorably discharged in Feb 1969); including The Vietnamese Medal of Honor for his part in resolving a conflict. After his honorable discharge, Joshua returned home and went back to school at ASU, and achieved his master’s degree in Education. This began his career as a teacher.

Joshua taught at Phoenix Christian High School for many years, and substituted for several pubic high school. He continued teaching until he was 87 years old, just weeks before he passed away. He spoke and taught several languages, journalism, and drivers education. In his spare time, he taught Sunday school, was a deacon for his church and a prayer team leader on Wednesday nights, became a Chaplin and ministered at the state prisons, and was the Chaplin at Maricopa County Hospital. He taught bible classes and was a Gideon placing bibles in hotels and hospitals.

Joshua loved to sing with the choir and loved gospel music. He was an accomplished photographer shooting for several weddings that were “black & white” in the 50’s and 60’s.

He was known for his sense of humor and many coin tricks and magic tricks.

He loved the Cardinals and ASU football.

Joshua leaves behind his wife Cheryl Galindo; children Steven (Sharyn) Galindo, Julie (Dale) Walke, Christina (Cary) Carlson, Rachelle (Adam) Denmark, Kelly (Dan) Skirvin and Billy Hale; grandchildren Christine, Chase, Chelsey, Lauren, Joey, Luis, Patrick, Seann, Jonas, Andrew, Holly, Daniel, Nathan, Emily and Michael; and his sister Ann West.

He is preceded by his mother and father, Carmen and Joe Galindo; and his siblings Daniel Galindo, Carmen Langendorfor, and Ruth Black.


27 February

Memorial Service

11:00 am - 1:00 pm

First Southern Baptist Church at Sahuaro Ranch

10250 N 59th Ave.
Glendale, AZ 85302

1 March

Committal Service

11:00 am - 11:30 am

National Memorial Cemetary of Arizona

23029 N Cave Creek Rd
Phoenix, AZ 85024


Joshua Galindo

have a memory or condolence to add?

Erika Estrada

February 21, 2021

Oh Josh! It was so nice getting know you thru the Gideon’s. Your love for God was so beautiful! Loved our little Christmas Parties at your home so very welcoming! Thank you for all you showed my husband in this great ministry! You will be missed but we will see you again!

Grace Karcher

February 8, 2021

I remember a man deeply devoted to his students, God, patriotism, every subject he taught, and his devotion to his Carmen Ghia, said it saved him from a terrible accident. After watching his tribute, I now know why he was a man with nerves of steel after getting into the school driver's ed car. He also shared in my Spanish class about my uncle still stuck in Vietnam as a missionary in 1975 who was concerned about getting his U. S. taxes paid and wanted my mother to pay them. I'm not sure if he met my uncle later upon his return but I was touched that he thought it important to share this with the class. That same uncle did make it out on the last ship and saw me graduate in 1976. Senor Galindo always thought of others before himself which will always stick with me.

Alicia Young (De Los Reyes)

February 7, 2021

I had Mr. Galindo for Driver’s Ed at Phoenix Christian. I also took Behind the Wheel from him. I remember when we were driving on the freeway, he forgot to tell me where to exit because he was trying to talk me in to taking Spanish. We had a good laugh about that on the way back to school.

Royann Parker

February 7, 2021

Mr. Galindo was a very special teacher and friend. I was in many of his classes: 2 yrs of Spanish, Drivers Ed, Journalism and also was his teachers aide for 2 yrs. His made learning fun and even let me get behind the wheel again when I almost wiped out the gas pumps during behind the wheel training! He exemplified Godly character, was a good role model and truly cared for his students. He attended our 40th class reunion and we were so glad he came! His love for life, his family and his Lord will be his legacy. See you again in heaven Senor Galindo.

Dr, John Crabtree, Ph.D

January 23, 2021

I was a student of his in the mid 70’s. We called him “Jolly Josh” because of his charismatic, upbeat and engaging classroom manner. We had a serious discussion about teaching language. I felt it should be pass/fail based on effort and it turned out he hated tests as a way to generate a grade in a language course, yet they were an inevitable mosca en el petróleo. He was probably the best driving instructor of all time, without peer. He saved lives through what he taught, including mine. One day after a class he looked off to the side and lied to me. Later in the day he came back to me to ask my forgiveness. He felt torn up by what he had done. That took courage and resolute faith. As the only Catholic the school ever admitted (by accident) I discussed the five steps of forgiveness with him. He had achieved contrition and confession. I offered absolution and told him to go and sin no more as penance and that forgiveness had to come from God. This led to a number of theological discussions which brought us closer. He had a love of life and a hearty laugh and he truly gave of himself as a teacher and mentor. I am sad to learn of his passing but celebrate his long life of service to others with a glass of Ch. Figeac raised in his honour. Bonne vie dans le monde à venir.

Theresa Ramirez

January 21, 2021

Mr. Galindo came into the front office with a smile every time he was a substitute for Cortez. He made sure he shared a new positive story about his day and about his family. He was a true gentleman blessed with the ability to turn your day into a positive one. You will be missed.
My condolences to the family.

Michael Fitzsimmons

January 20, 2021

I met Brother Galindo while teaching at Glendale High last year while he was substitute teaching. Without words he radiated joy, enthusiasm, love and kindness. His energy was infectious, and at times I felt like I was the older person watching him work. Christ was more than visible in him. Prayers and encouragement for his loved ones in this time of separation and hurt. Take heart, Joshua has finished his race and received the crown of eternal life.

Kelly Skirvin

January 20, 2021

Tanya Soto

January 20, 2021

Although I only knew Mr. Galindo from the times he worked as a substitute at Cortez High School, he left a big impression. Every time I saw him, he had a smile on his face. I am happy to know I will see him again one day. His positive impact and friendly face will be missed.

Kelly Skirvin

January 19, 2021


Josh with son, Steven.


His 87th birthday.


Josh with his daughters, Julie and Christina.