Martin Mortuary

550 North Ave, Grand Junction, CO


Joe H Velarde

January 21, 1933June 30, 2019

Joe H Velarde (Jerry) passed away peacefully June 30, 2019, with his family by his side at the age of 86. Joe was born January 21, 1933, in Durango, Colorado from the union of Amarante and Bernice Velarde. He married the love of his life Martha, on March 2, 1957. From that day on they where happily married for 58 years. Joe enjoyed watching movies, especially old westerns. He loved his Oakland Raiders, Colorado Rockies, and the Avalanche. He also enjoyed fishing and most of all putting together his puzzles with his loved ones. We will forever remember sharing his favorite meal of beans, chili, and biscochitos. He will be dearly missed. Joe leaves behind his three children, Benny Velarde (Orlanda) of Durango, CO, Joe Velarde (Raylene) of Clifton, CO, Cynthia Velarde (Joshua) of Grand Junction, CO; 16 grandchildren, 24 great- grandchildren, and his brother Benny Velarde (MaryJean) of Newark, CA. Joe was preceded in death by his wife Martha Velarde, his two sons Steven A. Velarde and Ronald E. Velarde; his parents Bernice Domingues and Amarante Velarde along with his stepfather Dale Anaya; brother Joseph Velarde and sister Margie Martinez.


  • Memorial Service Wednesday, July 3, 2019


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Debbie Velarde

July 3, 2019

Uncle Jerry, you were one of the best cooks and made the best cookies ever~ Last time I was out there me and Jojo daughter had made some cookies were all proud of them~ You took a bite coughed a little and went into the kitchen and made us some cookies~ Boy those were the best ever~ And you said now these are cookies! And I’m so thankful that you and dad made peace~ Love you uncle please give everyone a hug from me~ Your free now no more suffering, worrying your home🙏🏼😇😇

Latoya Ricks

July 3, 2019

Pompo thank you for loving me like I was one of your own. I am glad that I got to be apart of your family never ever did u treat me any different then the other kids. You are an amazing man. Glad you get to be with grandma again. Watch over us and fly high. I will always love you and never will u be forgotten.. R.I.P. Grandpa.