Joseph Figueroa Castro

December 28, 1948August 30, 2020

It is with great sadness that the family of Joseph (Joe) Figueroa Castro announces his passing on August 30, 2020. Joe was born in Mesa, AZ on December 28, 1948 to Felix and Angela Castro. He lived 100 million years in the 71 years we had with him as a dinosaur (poop) excavator, pre-historic ruins explorer, wildlife hunter, meticulous gardener, enthusiastic bird-nurturer, and strong-willed entrepreneur. Most notably, Joe was an expert survivalist and lived his life prepared for the apocalypse. Joe is survived by his loving wife, Rosie, of 43 years; 4 children, Nancy, David, Joey (Julia), and Angela; 3 grandkids, Alexzandria, Diego, and Juliana; 3 siblings Mercy, Betty, and Felix (Debra); 2 loyal companions, Cyrano and Manolo.

A viewing and rosary will be held on Friday September 4th from 6pm – 8pm at Melcher Mortuary Chapel of Roses. Due to COVID restrictions, services are limited to immediate family only, live-streaming link listed below for guests.

We’ll continue to honor Joe’s life with a memorial service on Saturday September 5th at Melcher Roses Mortuary from 12:30pm – 1:30pm. Immediately following, he will be escorted to the City of Mesa Cemetery where he will be laid to rest.

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  • Joey Castro
  • David Castro
  • Felix Castro
  • Mando Orona
  • Phillip Nunez
  • Nicholas Nunez
  • Diego Castro


  • Visitation

    Friday, September 4, 2020

  • Rosary

    Friday, September 4, 2020

  • Funeral Service

    Saturday, September 5, 2020

  • Graveside Service

    Saturday, September 5, 2020


Joseph Figueroa Castro

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Louisa Marquez-Green

September 12, 2020

Oh, Joe, he was my next door sweetheart. He and our brother Freddie made the best Zorro and sidekick.
I remember all his singing and all the kick the can games we all played as kids.
Fond memories and now you’re home Pepito, Rest In Peace my childhood friend 🙏🥰💕

Eva Marquez

September 3, 2020

Our condolences to Rosa & Family! Joe & I grew up as neighbors and we had wonderful times playing kick the can , hiding in an old school bus behind the shell station . He would sing to us and make us laugh. What a handsome guy Joe was . We will miss him dearly . Rest In Peace Joe Castro!

Patricia Klingberg

September 3, 2020

Joe was a wonderful neighbor and a kind man....He would always ask how my daughter was doing...I will miss seeing him.....especially when Cyro would get out and Joe would chase him back to the house...Rest in Peace Joe.....

Angelina Atwood (Marquez)

September 3, 2020

My deepest heartfelt sympathy to Mercy , Betty , Junior , Rosa, (Joe’s beautiful wife), his lovely children and grandchildren. I grew up with the Castro’s, they were our next-door neighbors, I have so many memories of him! We played so many games of tag, he would sing for us and he made the best Zorro ever! He will be greatly missed, rest in peace sweet Joe😘

Donna Mills

September 3, 2020

We met Joe and Rosie 26 years ago while building our homes together, next door to each other. Immediately following our moves-in, there was competitive landscaping - neighbor helping neighbor, back yard parties, graduations, weddings, and grandchildren.

Joe loved foliage, especially a nice mesquite tree. As ours continued to be blown over further and further to the point of it laying on the ground, he urged us not to cut it down but trim it so it still looked like it was upright. He was right and, 20 years later, the trunk snakes along the ground for several yards before blossoming up into a lovely and protective canopy.

In earlier years if you met Joe outside he would either offer you a beer or ask if you had one 😆 He could dance like nobody’s business, often cutting a rug long into the wee morning hours. He was full of life and always brimming with optimism.

The best advice he ever gave us (Robert and I) was to stop working so hard and enjoy life more. Do a little more camping, hiking, or traveling. “It will save your marriage” he told us and, had we done so, he would have been right.

Joe will be so greatly missed by us as an excellent and considerate neighbor and friend.
Peace to him and all those who love and will miss him.


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