Joe Willie Anguiano

January 26, 1950January 7, 2021

Joe Willie Anguiano was born on January 26, 1950, and passed away in his home in Orange, California, on the morning of January 7, 2021, from complications due to Covid-19. He was 70 years old. All who knew him will remember Joe as a loving and loyal husband, father, grandfather, friend, and professor.

Joe leaves behind his beloved wife of 44 years, Susan Anguiano; his daughters, Rachel Sosta and Rebecca Anguiano; his son, Joseph Anguiano; his sons-in-law, Joseph Sosta and Adam Reich; and his grandchildren Michael and Ella Sosta.

Born in Los Angeles, California, to Jose and Gloria Frances Anguiano, Joe grew up loving books, sports (especially baseball), and observing the world around him. He also enjoyed being a big brother to his two sisters, Julie and Cathy. Following a divorce from Gloria Frances, Joe’s father married Martha, and gave Joe a half-brother, Michael. After graduating high school, Joe studied journalism at California State University, Los Angeles, where he met his wife, Susan Castañeda, in his final year. Joe and Susan were married on June 19, 1976, and had three children, Rachel, Rebecca, and Joseph.

Joe had several careers throughout his life. After college, he worked in journalism and advertising. In the early 1990s, Joe went back to school (California State University, Fullerton) in pursuit of a master’s degree so he could become an English and composition professor. He was then proud to serve as a dedicated member of the Department of English and Media Studies and a Puente advisor at Riverside City College for the next twenty-five years, up until his last day on this earth.

Joe loved scuba diving and sailing, tennis and skiing, reading and writing, and singing along to classic rock while driving just a little too fast in his car. But more than anything, Joe loved gathering with his family. From political discussions during family meals with his wife and children to action-movie dates with his son and sons-in-law to dog walks and waffle breakfasts with his grandson and holding his newborn granddaughter, Joe was never happier than when he was surrounded by the family he and Susan created together.


  • Private Graveside Service

    Saturday, February 6, 2021


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Scott Nave

May 6, 2021

Joe and I worked at Sears together in the same department over several years ‘68-70. As college students, we shared our future career hopes. One summer we shared an apartment in Glendale while we worked together in the Men’s clothing department @ Sears. Fun times. Great guy. So sorry to hear of his passing.
Scott Nave

Martha (mom) Anguiano

February 4, 2021

Joey, as he is known to most family, came into my life when I married his dad 50 Yrs. ago. He was always there for his dad and I, and when his baby brother, Michael was born, he was the perfect Big brother!
After he married Susan and started their family, he became the perfect family man!!
Last year, Joe, his dad became very ill, and sadly, he passed away
August 15, 2020. Joey was a constant comfort to his dad by calling or visiting him.
He had promised his dad he would check on me, and he did!
I talked to him 4 days before his death, wanted to make sure I was ok.
I will miss his calls, but take comfort in knowing that he is taking care of dad, and dad is taking care of him, and both of them are watching over all of us!!
Martha (mom)

Alison Rose

February 4, 2021

We miss our dear neighbor Joe. His passing was a shock us and was completely unexpected, as he had been recovering well.
We always enjoyed chatting with Joe, sharing news about our families and activities. He was a friendly and cheerful man of many interests and abilities who obviously loved and was very proud of his family.
One of my favorite memories of Joe is from the Fourth of July. We were setting off fireworks in our driveway with our grandson when Joe and his grandson, Michael, came out to join us. We had a terrific evening together!
Joe's passing is such clear reminder of the preciousness and fragility of life. We are grieved by his loss but so thankful to have known him as a great neighbor and friend.