Shadow Mountain Mortuary

2350 East Greenway Road, Phoenix, AZ


Joseph Morales Gonzales Sr.

June 3, 1948December 29, 2019

Joseph (Joe) M. Gonzales, 71, passed from this life to be with our Lord Jesus Christ on December 29, 2019.

Born and raised in Phoenix, Joe was the first of eleven children born to Joe and Tillie Gonzales. He was a life-long resident of the valley. In his early years Joe followed in this father’s trade as a block mason later joining the Phoenix Fire Department as a firefighter in 1977. He proudly served for 31 years retiring as a PFD Engineer in 2008. He loved his service as a firefighter and looked to his peers as family. He is admired by the many he tutored and mentored into becoming firefighter recruits. One of his most treasured blessings was seeing his sons hired as firefighters and most recently promoting to PFD Chiefs (Joe Jr. and Mark) and Captain (Chris).

Words cannot express the love Joe had for his wife, children and grandchildren. A man who cherished attending his grandchildren’s school functions, family gatherings and visiting with many of his aunts, uncles, and cousins. His smile, laughter and countless stories would light up a room.

Joe is preceded in death by his father and mother, Joe and Tillie Gonzales, and brother Mark. Survived by wife Lorraine, daughter Joanne, sons from his first marriage to Virginia Aldama Gonzales: Joe Jr. (Tessa), Chris (Tina), Mark (Lori), 14 grandchildren and step-son Johnny Perez. He is also survived by his siblings Robert, David (Becky), Pedro (Juanita), Danny (Carmen), Dianna (Robert), Alfonso (Cindy), Michael (Maria), Paul, Elizabeth (Pete) along with many aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.

Joe, you left us too soon and we will never be the same. We look forward to seeing you again at the greatest reunion ever - in Heaven.

A funeral service will be held for Joe on Saturday, January 4, 2020 at 10:00am held at Christ Church of the Ascension, 4015 E Lincoln Dr. Paradise Valley, AZ 85253.

In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to United Phoenix Firefighters Charites, 61 E Columbus Ave. Phoenix, AZ 85012


  • Funeral Service Saturday, January 4, 2020


Joseph Morales Gonzales Sr.

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Dahlia Hernandez

January 15, 2020

My memories of Joe, my friend, were the great times and hard work, we, and the bomberos, put forth, in coordinating the yearly Valley Hispanic Bomberos Annual Bilingual Health Fair . He will be missed.

Elizabeth Hendel

January 4, 2020

Joe was a great firefighter. Worked with him a lot back in day. Excellent work ethic., Caring trustworthy and knowledgeable man. They don’t make many like him. Condolences to the family. May his legacy live on forever. Rest In Peace.

Dale Hooker

January 4, 2020

I had the distinct honor and pleasure of working with Joe for many years at firehouse 26. I cannot say enough about his work ethic, his willingness to help in any way needed, his mentoring efforts, and his humor. He had a profound affect on my career and my life. I know he has earned is final reward for a life well lived. Rest In Peace my brother.

Adam Dimas

January 4, 2020

Joe you are one of those people I will never forget, rest easy my friend.

Michelle Donahue

January 3, 2020

Joe you will be so missed! You were such a humble, incrediblybhard working and kind man. So willing to help others unselfishly. My sincere condolences to Lorraine, JoAnne and the entire Gonzalez family. Your legacy will always be remembered. May you rest in peace.🙏😔

Adam Gonzales

January 3, 2020

My cousin joe is one in million !!! We lost a very special man one who had stories for days and a man who showed so much love to others . and would help anyone in need always ready to pray if you were in need . And if you were down he would pick you up . And lastly he loved his wife and kids dearly and grandkids . My cousin who my parents loved dearly you will be missed . Till we meet again in heaven . Adam G .

Merlinda Byars

January 3, 2020

This is not a memory just want to thank my brother Joe, for being so good to me and my family Joe, you will be missed so much! I will call on you still for my prayers love you brother💔

Ken Johnsson

January 3, 2020

A Great man that has left his impression on myself and family for the best! RIP my friend. Condolences from the entire Johnsson family.

Robert Kelly

January 3, 2020

Taught Joe's sons. Good Fellas, both. That's good material to take on one's eternal journey

David Robles

January 3, 2020

I aspired to be like you as a child, I cherished and respected you and your guidance as a man.

Having you in my life was truly a blessing that I am honored to have experienced. Our conversations, visits and hugs will be deeply missed.

I will move forward in this life honoring you every day by doing what you taught me to do best. Be nice to everyone, Trust in the Lord for EVERYTHING! and never fail to give God his glory for all the gifts that he blesses us with on this earth.

I Love you "Tio" and miss you so much already!